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Power Technology is a New Zealand family business which has been linked to solar in New Zealand and abroad for over 35 years. Power Technology has installed solar arrays on to more schools that any other company in New Zealand. They make it so easy.

 

They have successfully installed many different sized solar arrays on to over 70 schools both in New Zealand and internationally with impressive guarantees.

 

Working in partnership with leading solar installers nationwide, with every facet of the programme managed by our experts, the NEW ZEALAND SOLAR SCHOOLS

programme is available to EVERY school across New Zealand. 

 

The programme consists of 6 main components to ensure a tailored solution meet the needs of every school;

 

icon   FINANCE: We provide highly flexible solar finance and solar power purchase options for all schools. Each school is different; however, our purchase options provide a variety   of solutions to enable every schools to go solar.

icon   DESIGN, SUPPLY & INSTALLATION OF SOLAR POWER SYSTEM: Our experts design a solution to meet the school’s energy demand. The requisite components are then supplied and installed by hand picked installation crews to ensure optimal performance, minimal disruption to school activities and ensure long life operations.

icon   MONITORING & DATA SHARING: The performance of the school’s solar power and (optionally) energy consumption by the schools is monitored and reported live in ear real time on our dedicated NEW ZEALAND SOLAR SCHOOLS website.

icon   EDUCATIONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Our team of Ex Teachers, Principals and highly experienced professional educators will guide your schools nominated staff through a solar learning programme and interactive experience for your students. From simple to detailed STEM applications and more.

icon   STEM: The Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency education programme revolves around all aspects of STEM as it is based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The science of how solar panels create electricity is fascinating for students as is the history which is rich in technology. Engineering is strongly linked with engineers from Power Technology as role models of a future career option. Solar data is totally maths based and can be an exciting real life example that students relate to.

icon   OUR ENERGY: A fresh approach to power your school’s learning. New Zealand Solar Schools’ customers now have an easy way to buy, sell and gift clean local energy with their communities. 

HOW MANY SCHOOLS HAVE GONE SOLAR WITH POWER TECHNOLOGY?

We have installed solar on to 70 schools and counting over more than a decade working specifically with schools in New Zealand. No other solar company has completed as many schools across New Zealand. In addition to this we are the only fully International Solar Schools Programme operating out of New Zealand Headquarters. We have new schools coming online all the time so please do ask us for one near you who can attest to our expertise, professionalism and programme outcomes. You can also see a list of schools in which we have implemented solar power (on the link below).

 

SOLAR SCHOOLS WITH POWER TECHNOLOGY

St Benedicts School – Wellington

Hamilton Girls High School – Hamilton

Devonport Primary School – Auckland

Hastings Intermediate School – Hastings

St Leos School – Auckland

Henderson Valley School – Auckland

St Anthony’s School – Pahiatua

Hokowhitu School – Palmerston North

St Anthony’s School – Wellington

James Street School – Whakatane

Belmont Intermediate School – Auckland

Kimbolton School – Fielding

Belmont Primary School – Auckland

Lake Tekapo School – Lake Tekapo

Birkdale Intermediate School – Auckland

Plateau School – Upper Hutt

Wesley Intermediate School – Auckland

Pukehou School – Hawkes Bay

Woodbury Primary School – Geraldine

Raglan Area School – Raglan

Winchester School – Winchester

Raphael House – Lower Hutt

St Joseph’s School – Temuka

St John Hill School – Whanganui

Arowhenua Maori School – Temuka

St Pauls Collegiate – Hamilton

Lincoln Primary School – Christchurch

St Peters Chanel Catholic School – Hamilton

West Rolleston School – Christchurch

Vardon School – Hamilton

Rawhiti School – Christchurch

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College – Taupo

Matangi School – Hamilton

Kaitumutumu Marae with Kohanga reo - Huntly

Remuera Intermediate School – Auckland

Te Kowhai School – Hamilton

Aokautere School – Palmerston North

Glendowie College - Auckland

Awahou School – Ashhurst, Manawatu

Bayswater School – Auckland

Clifton Terrace Model School – Wellington

Wadestown School – Wellington

Douglas Park School – Masterton

Whakatane Intermediate School – Whakatane

Easter Hutt School – Lower Hutt

Whangarei Heads School – Whangarei

Fairfield College – Hamilton

Maeroa Intermediate School – Hamilton

Muritai School – Lower Hutt

Mercury Bay Area School – Whitianga

Napier Intermediate School – Napier

Mangakahia Area School – Whangarei

Newbury School – Palmerston North

Matamata Primary School – Matamata

Paraparaumu College – Kapiti Coast

Mount Biggs School – Fielding

Paremata School - Porirua

Te Wharekura O Rakaumanga – Huntly

Forrest Lake School – Hamilton

Kimbolton School – Fielding

Geraldine Primary School – Geraldine

Whanganui Intermediate School – Whanganui

 

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Avalon Intermediate - 20 kW - 2017

 

Larger Arrays on Education Facilities - in recent years 

Russell School – Russell - 12 kW array
Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp – 60 kW array (off grid with a battery bank)
Otonga School – Rotorua – 60 kW array
Avalon Intermediate School – Lower Hutt - 20 kW array
Flanshaw Road School – West Auckland – 25 kW array
Henderson Primary – West Auckland – 20 kW array
Fruitvale School – West Auckland – 24 kW array (Mar 2019)

Solar panels do not emit anything. They are attached to the school roof and silently create electricity for the school with amazing guarantees. The best school buildings often have a north facing roof and every new school building should be future proofed for solar.

With a solar array on the school there are savings from day one in energy costs which enables our schools to save money long term. This does not impact the electricity funding schools receive from the Ministry of Education and instead the funds can be allocated to other areas of the school.

There is a huge impact having a solar array on the school roof as it is a great visual example of a percentage of the school’s electricity being produced from a renewable source right where the students can see it, use it and learn about it. 

The school will always be connected to the national grid which will supply the remainder of the electricity to the school. The solar array will supply the first “chunk” of electricity to the school when there is sunlight, wherever this is being used across the school. This off sets energy that otherwise will be imported from the national grid. The solar power system can be modular and can be increased at any time in future to meet growing needs and off set a greater proportion of the cost of retail energy.

Batteries may be installed at a later date, as they become more economically viable. We can supply battery options as well. If you want more electricity generated on the school roof you just add another solar array.

 

HOW TO FUTURE PROOF YOUR SCHOOL

Schools are now installing larger solar arrays with five of the most recent schools installing more than 20 kW solar arrays. The percentage of the school’s electricity details are provided to the school in the initial proposal.

    • Energy prices are expected to go up with a forecast increase of 3.5% in line with inflation over time. With a higher cost of electricity and more complex energy consuming products being developed from cars to automation equipment solar becomes an energy option that is easily understood by students.
    • Increasing school rolls and diversified activities within the school will increase consumption in addition to longer hours when school facilities may be used by the community as an extra revenue generating option. 
    • When we take the longer view of energy prices over the 25-year power output warranty of the solar modules, our schools save a lot of money. This does not impact the electricity funding schools receive from the Ministry and instead the funds can be allocated to other areas of the school.

 WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE WITH POWER TECHNOLOGY?

  • In addition to performance guarantees, there are also operating and maintenance agreements so you have our commitment to support your school over time.
  • The solar modules that make up the array on the roof that we supply have a 25 (twenty five) year power output guarantee. This is the manufacturer power warranty.
  • Yes the documentation we provide to each school includes the legal documents - the guarantee of full replacement with any issue for the first ten years, and with the solar array still creating electricity for the school for a minimum of 25 years and 30 or more years being the expectation.  
  • The graph of the live solar data and on-going development of education programmes for students about solar energy and energy efficiency is another key aspect of the bonus of having a solar array on the roof of the school with Power Technology.
  • New Zealand Solar School’s customers now have an easy way to buy, sell and gift clean local energy with their communities.

WHY WOULD I GO SOLAR WITH YOU?

When it comes specifically to why you would do it with us - it’s a clear and simple answer. 

  • We have more purchase options and a lot more experience than any other solar company in schools. Our heritage, our experience our ethos is reliability and no compromise. 
  • We have a zero incident zero accident record over 35 years and over 70 schools, and many more government contracts, commercial solutions and private residential installations. 
  • Our installation warranty is industry leading
  • our Health and Safety is exceptional
  • our operational manner is second to none
  • Finally, as has been agreed between the Ministry of Education and SEANZ (Sustainable energy association of New Zealand) any company installing solar power systems in schools MUST be a SEANZ member. This is to ensure externality in the design, supply and installation quality as well as to ensure due process for any issues or concerns of the schools. We have been members of SEANZ since its inception and further members of our staff have had tenures on the Board of SEANZ.

 In summary - you would go solar with us because its hassle free, highly flexible, cost saving, reliable, renewable and proven.

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Flanshaw Rd School – 20.4kWp commissioned 2018

 

HOW DO I GO SOLAR WITH YOU?

Going solar is very simple with our no fuss programme and easy steps. 

  • The first step is to simply register your school. You can do this as an employee of the school (teacher, principal or administrative staff), or as is also popular referral by students and parents of a school.
  • Our dedicated NEW ZEALAND SOLAR SCHOOLS professionals will be in touch to gather the requisite information. This is inclusive of the latest 12 months of power billings from your retailer (typically readily available information on file).
  • Our experienced engineers will then perform detailed and tailored solar solution modelling and provide the resultant performance reports and costs assesments for your review, along with purchase options for your school to go solar and get engaged in the NEW ZEALAND SOLAR SCHOOLS Programme.

Register your school NOW for the NEW ZEALAND SOLAR SCHOOLS Programme and we will be in touch to support your school on the journey to energy educate, solarise and save!

Maggie Twaddle
Solar Schools Programme Manager
maggie.twaddle@powertech.co.nz
M: 0272913868

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