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Sylvia Park Exceeds Expectations
21 January 2016

Sylvia Park Solar Electricity system has just had it's 1st Birthday, with a short article appearing in Stuff to celebrate the milestone. Great to see that the panels are getting their annual clean. Kiwi Property who owns Sylvia Park is listed on...

Where is the leadership in the Electricity industry
Where is the leadership in the Electricity industry
3 December 2015

Over the last two years PowerSmart has had visits from a number of politicians regarding solar generation in NZ. One of the regular visitors has been Gareth Hughes from the Green Party who had his 'Fair Go For Solar' come up in front of...

PowerSmart Off-Grid Solar adds up
27 November 2015

A future of no more powerbills is here for many. PowerSmart is seeing many people building new rural homes, opting not to connect to the grid, on purely financial savings. Often the cost of connection is about the same as a full off-grid solar...

PowerSmart wins again at SEANZ 2015 Awards
PowerSmart wins again at SEANZ 2015 Awards
17 November 2015

For the second year PowerSmart has gone home with more than one award from the annual SEANZ dinner. This year PowerSmart won awards for 'Best Solar PV Installation with Storage' for the Tuvalu and Northern Cooks project and 'Largest...

Tesla Model S vs V8 SuperCar
5 November 2015

This video is so worth the watch even if you aren't into cars. Very cool technology and very well...

Katikati Off-Grid Solar
Katikati Off-Grid Solar
27 October 2015

At PowerSmart we love installing off-grid solar electricity systems. On Friday Pranay and Duncan finished installing a 2.34kW off-grid system with 24kWh battery storage just north of Katikati. Part of bigger project, the install was only for the...

PowerSmart and XERO
PowerSmart and XERO
8 October 2015

In September we had the video team from XERO turn up to shoot a story on Mike for some of their upcoming advertising campaign. They spent the day videoing around Mount Maunganui including: down at the beach, in the water while Mike was surfing and...

Back in Tuvalu
Back in Tuvalu
22 June 2015

We have been gone for almost three months and I’m surprised at how excited I am to be back in Tuvalu. It means that we are starting again, that Cyclone Pam hasn’t defeated us. In early March 2015 the largest tropical cyclone that...

Snow visits South Island
Snow visits South Island
26 May 2015

Winter has arrived slightly early with heavy snow in the Southern Lakes. We recieved a great photo of a new install we did there last week covered in snow and just couldn't help but share. It is amazing what the difference one week can...

Opening ceremony in Cook Island News
Opening ceremony in Cook Island News
19 May 2015

In the news again for the Northern Cook Island project. Last week a delegation of Cook Island and New Zealand Government officials plus PowerSmart's CEO Mike Bassett-Smith made a special visit to the northern group islands of Penrhyn and...

Northern Cooks Off Grid Solar Electricity Project
16 April 2015

Finally we can show you some footage from our project, "Uira Natura Ki Te Tokerau" or Natural Energy for the North. This project is currently underway and is being done in partnership with the New Zealand Aid Programme. "Uira...

Solar Electricity changing the way people live
Solar Electricity changing the way people live
19 March 2015

A great video comissioned by SMA that shows how life has changed on Tokelau since solar electricity has been installed. There are some guest appearances by Shane Robinson as...

Cyclone Pammy
Cyclone Pammy
17 March 2015

Cyclone Pam has made her mark in the South Pacific and left a few memories for Shane and his team on Vaitupu. We posted a photograph of the debris left behind after the storm on our Facebook page which was picked up by a number of New Zealand...

"The not to technical guide to off-grid solar'
12 March 2015

Shane has been running night classes for local workers and the technicians who will be responsible for managing the system when we leave. It’s been a chance for even his team to further grow their understanding of what we are building here;...

A thank you from the kids at Palmerston Lucky School
A thank you from the kids at Palmerston Lucky School
3 March 2015

Sometimes kids just say it better. 'To Shane, Steve, Charlie, Steve O and Thomas, The Children of Palmerston Lucky School would like to Thank you for coming to our beautiful island, to install the solar panels and batteries. We are...

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Testimonials

"We have never had a project go so smoothly, they finished two weeks ahead of schedule."

Dan Udy - Director: Udy Group

"We deal with a great number of contractors and would rate PowerSmart's delivery onsite as amongst the very best"

 

Jason Happy - National Facilities Manager at Kiwi Property

We are delighted to be supplementing our existing renewable energy supply, which already incorporates solar water heating, wind and biological initiatives with solar PV electricity. This will certainly assist us achieve our ultimate goal of self-sufficiency.”

Peter Yealands founder Yealands Estate Wines.