Solar power upgrade at local hall

3 AUG, 2017 | Tāmaki News

Community facility Te Whare Piringa in Glen Innes is one step closer to becoming self-sustainable.

The hall on Fenchurch Street was fitted out with eight solar panels in mid-July. That’s enough to generate approximately $700 worth of electricity a year. 

The project is a partnership between Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC) and Vector. It will enable the hall to generate its own electricity. 

The installation of a Tesla battery ensures that surplus power can be stored and sold back to the National Grid. 

TRC co-ordinated the refurbishment of the community facility, which was previously a disused scout hall, and it was reopened in April 2015. 

A governance committee made up of people from the local area manage bookings at the hall. It hosts a variety of activities, including Tāmaki Career Start, martial arts classes, Communicare friendship group for seniors, community meetings and church services. 

TRC strategy and performance general manager Shelley Katae says supporting the solar project was a no brainer. 

“It makes perfect sense to equip this awesome community facility with a renewable power source. 

“It means the money saved in electricity bills can go back into running the hall, which is already well on its way to becoming financially independent. It’s also the right way to go in terms of a more sustainable approach to energy.”

Vector residential business development manager Peter Hicks agrees. “We’re proud to support Tāmaki Regeneration’s commitment to self-sufficiency as it aligns strongly with Vector’s efforts to create an accessible, affordable and renewable energy future.

“Combining solar and batteries together shows the way forward by enabling people to reduce both carbon emissions and their power bills.”