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Vector replaces diesel with solar

posted Apr 17, 2012, 8:13 PM by ema-1 ema-1
""The Great Barrier project is one of the largest off-grid solar power installations in the country," says Tim Brandenburg, DOC's Warkworth and Great Barrier Island area manager.

"The 138 solar panels are expected to generate at least 37,000kWh per year, and to provide up to 80% of the power needed to run DOC's two bases."

The system is expected to reduce DOC's diesel consumption on the island by up to 80%, and will save the department about $45,000 a year. In addition, the lower maintenance required on the new diesel back-up generators - two of the old Lister generators had clocked up an impressive 125,000 hours each - will free up staff to work on other conservation priorities"

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