Panels needed for solar project

Wednesday May 21, 2014 Written by Published in Environment
It is hoped that Te Mana o te Ra will help the country move away reliance on from diesel-generated power. 14052010 It is hoped that Te Mana o te Ra will help the country move away reliance on from diesel-generated power. 14052010

Construction of a new solar energy system beside Rarotonga Airport has slowed while contractors wait for nearly 4000 solar panels to be shipped over from New Zealand.

Named ‘Te Mana o te Ra’ – meaning ‘the power from the sun’ – the 961 kilowatt photovoltaic array will be the size of several house sites and provide about six per cent of Rarotonga’s annual electricity generation.

Steve Anderson, whose company Andersons Limited will be heavily involved in the project, said there is little to be done until 3800 panels arrive by ship in three to four weeks.

They will be transported in seven containers and end up covering a 135-metre by 75-metre area on the site.

A range of other equipment and materials will also arrive with the panels, Anderson said.

“There’s going to be hundreds and hundreds of these support frames underneath.”

The panels will sit up to two metres off the ground, allowing for the grass to be mowed underneath. 

They will rest on a slight upward tilt, facing north, pointing away from the runway. 

New Zealand company Infratec Renewables Ltd (formerly NETcon International) is the main contractor but local business Mike Rennie Builders Ltd is doing the civil construction.

Andersons Ltd will be doing all the electrical work in the $3.3 million project, including hooking up the 11,000-volt transformer which feeds power into the grid.

The system is due to be commissioned by October.

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  • Comment Link Bishop Tutai Pere Friday, 27 January 2017 13:14 posted by Bishop Tutai Pere

    Kia Orana! I have spoken to your staff in charge Mr Daniel Webb on adding extra panels onto our Apostolic Church in Tupapa/Pue backroad. We have a 10 panels 2 kilowatt already installed which has helped cut down our power consumption but to only half the amount that we normally pay on our monthly power bill. We now realize that we need to add another 10 panels 2 kilowatt more, and therefore wish to lodge another application that we be added onto your wait list for the next 2017 solar opening opportunity. Await for your reply and consideration. Meitaki maata!
    Bishop Tutai Pere (Mobile: 55177/ Landline: 32778

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