Photo by Brendon O'Hagan
For those wondering about the scaffolding around the library building, Waiheke Library has just had 80 solar panels installed on its roof.
The panels are expected to reduce the building’s carbon emmissions by 92 tonnes; the equivalent of planting 2840 urban trees.
The new 20.8kW solar system has been installed by solarcity, a solar power company that is launching a new service on Waiheke this week.
The solarZero offer involves the company paying for and installing solar panels on island houses, after which homeowners then pay a fixed monthly fee for their solar power.
Solarcity is offering two months of free solar power to all homeowners who sign up for the solarZero offer by the end of July 2015.
The offer is designed to make it more affordable for Waiheke homeowners to generate their own clean energy, says the company’s CEO and co-founder Andrew Booth.
“We know the cost of power has gone up by a staggering 153 per cent over the last 20 years. The solarZero plan can deliver solar power to Waiheke families at a price cheaper than average New Zealand power rates. The savings could add up to thousands of dollars if traditional power bills go up, as they have in the past.”
Mr Booth believes we are the last generation that can stop climate change.
“And it’s great to see Waiheke leading the way towards a renewable energy future in New Zealand.”
Solarcity is one of the five fastest growing green companies in the country.
It is targeted to contribute significant benefits to the New Zealand economy as one of the Government’s Focus 500 companies.
The solarZero scheme is backed by Stephen Tindall’s K1W1 investment and private equity fund Pencarrow.
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