Solar marae project returns power to the people

We’ve launched a nationwide solar marae project that aims to drive down the cost of power for Māori communities and create employment, while looking out for the environment.

It’s an exciting initiative to return power to the people and help them to take action against climate change. Following a number of hui in the Whanganui region we launched the project at Whangaehu Marae which was covered by Maori Television

The project starts by encouraging communities to switch to our solarZero energy service for cleaner, cheaper and more reliable power. For every 20 homes that make the switch we will gift a local marae with free solar power, saving its community about $50,000 over 20 years.

At the same time we’re initiating a rangatahi training programme to meet the growing demand for registered electricians and qualified solar installers. Trainees will then be able to use those skills to benefit their communities.

Hawea Meihana, one of the people behind the project, says it takes things full circle.

“As tangata whenua we are guardians of the land and need to empower our people to move our country towards a clean and sustainable future. For me the project is a Kaupapa, it’s the way we should be living.  We can reduce our carbon footprint and empower our rangatahi by giving them the required training for a brighter future. We can harness the power of the sun to create tangible and sustainable benefits for our people. We should be thanking Maui. While they can divert our rivers, they can’t take the sun.”

 To register your interest in the project click here.