News Updates.


23 October 2014

Get used to power cuts....

Probably a reality but definitely not the headline that Vector would have been looking for when their Chairman stated that their will be more...
9 October 2014

New Zealands Largest Solar PV Electricity System

"It's been awesome dealing with all you guys.... We have never had a project go so smoothly and with no hidden costs or surprises....
18 September 2014

Batteries Batteries and More Batteries

The batteries have arrived for the Tuvalu and Northern Cook Island project. Currently down on the wharf at the Port of Tauranga pellet load after...
5 September 2014

East Meets West - Indian Curry Night

On Friday night the Team got together and for an Indian Curry Night. Pranay led the team to turn 18 Tukorako Drive into the best Indian Restaurant...
4 September 2014

Happy Customers and Roses Chocolates

Looking after our customers is something we pride ourselves on at PowerSmart. Sometimes our customers look after us too. Thanks to Ali and...
24 July 2014

Solar Power for Schools

The Greens are hot on the solar promotion tour with them announcing their 'Solar for Schools' policy today in Laingholm. Solar and schools...
22 July 2014

Yealands Wine Estate on you tube.

A short video on the Yealands 99kW solar electricity system in Blenheim. Great looking building and a great looking...
8 July 2014

Solar is winning

"As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same...
1 July 2014

Deans Trip to Pukapuka

Dean recently visited the Northern Cook Islands as part of the planning for solar PV project PowerSmart is working on with the New Zealand's...
5 June 2014

We are celebrating big time!!!!

Last Friday the team at PowerSmart walked to the top of Mauao (Mount Maunganui) to celebrate the signing of a $30 million contract. Today the...
3 June 2014

Tokelau wins EECA award

The Tokelau project has been recognised once more, this time at the 2014 EECA awards, where it won the Right House Renewable Energy Award. Marc...
22 May 2014

Inverter Technology

When the sun hits a solar panel on your roof it produces Direct Current (DC); however, Alternating Current (AC) is the standard power...
15 May 2014

Solar Power Roading

Solar Roadways Now here is a cool idea. Well worth the watch. Solar panels that you can drive, park, and walk on. Not only do they produce...
8 May 2014

The first four wheel drive plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

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Mitsubishi Outlander electric SUV

The Outlander PHEV is the first four wheel drive, off-road capable plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the world. Based on the gasoline powered...
30 April 2014

Everything is about to change

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Everything is about to change

Formula E is a new FIA single-seater championship and the world's first fully-electric racing series. Commencing in September 2014 through to...
16 April 2014

Solar power competes with oil

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Solar power competes with oil

End may be in sight for fossil fuels   Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it...
11 April 2014

The disruptive potential of solar power

A recent study by global management consulting company McKinsey & Co. has recognised the potential of solar power to be a game-changer in the...
25 March 2014

Power to the People in NZ

Last month M2 Magazine featured an article on the changing face of solar power. Once criticised as being unreliable, expensive and “not...
21 February 2014

Power prices still rising in NZ

Against a background of the Greens Solar power finance policy a report commissioned by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has found...
17 February 2014

Greens pushing Solar PV

The Greens have announced a new policy which would allow New Zealanders to finance up to $15,000 to have Solar Photovoltaics installed on the roof...
15 January 2014

Celebrating Again - 100kW for Palmerston North

We are celebrating again! Having recently completed the largest Solar PV system in New Zealand at Yealands Estate Winery in Blenheim, we are about...
8 January 2014

PowerSmart Win Best Emerging Renewable Energy Company

PowerSmart has been judged Best Emerging Renewable Energy Company – Asia in The New Economy’s Sustainable Energy Awards 2013. It is...
10 December 2013

New Zealand's BIGGEST Solar PV System

A very tired team headed by Shane Spicer returned from Yealands Family Estate Winery in Blenheim last week, having achieved a real milestone for...
25 November 2013

Anna's Weekend Win

Our very own Residential Project Manager, Anna has been making news recently! First she travelled to New York in October to complete the NY...
25 October 2013

Technology's top names: PowerSmart - NZ Herald

Working in the Pacific over the past year has left solar power company PowerSmart with a successful large-scale solar project, a hearty tan for...
9 October 2013

GRAHAM 'HOPPY' HOPKINS - POWERSMART OPERATIONS MANAGER

With mum, dad and three kids our family of five consume quite a lot of electricity. Running a spa pool, fridges, freezer’s, heating and...
1 September 2013

We have moved!

Drop by and see us in our new building, a converted warehouse with shipping containers for offices, shared creative workspaces, the beginnings of...
9 August 2013

Video - Dean Parchomchuk and Charlotte Yates at TEDx Tauranga

In this talk you'll hear the amazing story of how a small team changed the lives of the people on a small tropical island of Tokelau by...
15 July 2013

Beating the heat in Costa Rica

By Matt Curry. In May of this year I was given the amazing opportunity of installing a solar power system with our team in Costa Rica. The...
31 May 2013

Noel Ackerman, PowerSmart Logistics Manager 'walking the talk'.

Noel has been with PowerSmart for two and a half years with a role in purchasing and logistics. Noel and his wife Kris installed a 3kW system on...
23 May 2013

Inverter and Battery Technology

INVERTER TECHNOLOGIES What is an inverter? An inverter is an electrical device that is designed to convert Direct Current (DC) to...
6 May 2013

Finance options for solar power systems

KIWIBANK SUSTAINABLE ENERGY LOAN As PowerSmart is a member of SEANZ (the Sustainable Electricity Association of New Zealand), our customers...
19 April 2013

PowerSmart switched on and exporting power back to the grid

Today marked the official ‘switch on’ of our 10kW solar power system at our new building on Tukorako Drive, Mount Maunganui. This is...
16 April 2013

Curtain Bank back up and running!

PowerSmart are warming families in more ways than one this winter with their sponsorship of the re-launch of Curtain Bank Tauranga at their new...
26 March 2013

Mike speaks at the Pacific Energy Summit

At the Pacific Energy Summit held this week in Auckland PowerSmart Managing Director Mike Bassett-Smith was invited by the New Zealand Ministry of...
20 March 2013

Philippines solar potential

PowerSmart eyes ‘enormous’ Philippines solar potential; Northpower, Damwatch scope Southeast Asia work. By Edward White, Energy...
18 February 2013

NZ Aid Programme - interview with Dean Parchomchuk

In 2012 PowerSmart's Dean Parchomchuk spent around six months working on the three remote atolls that comprise Tokelau, helping to bring...
3 February 2013

Lid blown on power price rort

By Susan Edmunds. Consumers pay up as companies revalue assets. Kiwi power prices have increased at twice the rate of most other countries...
11 January 2013

Puangiangi Island

By Noel Ackerman. Last month Steve, Kris and I had the pleasure of doing an off grid install and house wiring on Puangiangi Island, off the...
1 January 2013

Ways to avoid sun, and capture it.

By Jamie Morton. Sophisticated apps from Niwa forecast UV dangers and show the amount of solar energy available for power. Real-time...
4 December 2012

Powering ahead with awards

  Mount Maunganui solar energy business PowerSmart has added to its trophy cabinet with another three business awards for its work...
30 November 2012

More award wins for PowerSmart!

This week PowerSmart has added 3 more business awards to their growing collection. At the New Zealand Sustainable 60 Awards on Wednesday night in...
29 October 2012

PowerSmart finishes Tokelau Renewable Energy Project

POWER TO THE PEOPLE! PowerSmart finishes world first project to make Tokelau 100% Solar Powered Today PowerSmart completed their award...
26 October 2012

Pacific Island Sets Renewable Energy Record

BRISBANE, Oct 26 2012 (IPS) - Tokelau, a small Polynesian territory in the central Pacific, has surpassed the rest of the world in replacing...
17 October 2012

PowerSmart's Tokelau solar project nears completion, wins award

Gavin Evans Wed, 17 Oct 2012 PowerSmart will shortly commission the third and final unit in its three-atoll solar generation project in the...
15 October 2012

PowerSmart wins NZ Innovators Award for the Tokelau Project

On Friday night PowerSmart, a solar electricity company from Mount Maunganui, took out the award for innovation in...
18 September 2012

Week 14 progress update - Nukunonu Atoll (Tokelau)

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By Dean Parchomchuk

Two of the three systems are now complete! The Nukunonu system has now been switched on. Most of the village residents showed up for the opening...
7 September 2012

Week 13 progress update - Nukunonu Atoll (Tokelau)

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By Shane Robinson

Image: Nukunonu solar array In 4 short weeks the installation is 95% complete.  All of the solar modules, inverters, and batteries are in...
19 August 2012

Week 10 progress update- Nukunonu Atoll (Tokelau)

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By De

Image: Nukunonu array foundation with inverter/battery building and generator shed in background The TREP team landed safely on Nukunonu this...
9 August 2012

Powersmart switches on the first solar power system in Tokelau

Image: The installation team on Fakaofo atoll Powersmart has flicked the switch and turned on the first of three solar power systems that will...
9 August 2012

Week 9 progress update - Fakaofo Atoll (Tokelau)

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By Dean Parchomchuk

Image: School children at TREP site It has been a very busy past couple weeks here on Tokelau so blog updates have fallen behind. But we are...
3 August 2012

Article on stuff.co.nz - Tokelau to shed diesel dependence

Image: Powersmart Solar director Mike Bassett-Smith By JESS LEE Diesel-dependent Tokelau is still on track to become the first entirely...
1 August 2012

Church draws power from above

Image credit: Gisborne Herald Ariticle one of our systems in The Gisborne Herald. By Anna Ferrick As more and more New Zealanders...
27 July 2012

NZ Herald Article - NZ company helps Tokelau switch to solar

Image: Powersmart Solar has worked with locals in Tokelau to help the Pacific Nation switch to 100 per cent solar powered energy. A New...
27 July 2012

Huffington Post: One Nations Electricity Going 100% Solar

By A. Siegel. Writ large, around the world, liquid fuel (generally diesel) has a relatively small role in providing electricity and thus...
25 July 2012

Tokelau to become world's first solar-powered country

Image: Bringing in the solar panels has risks By Jenny Suo, 3 News Watch the news clip...
22 July 2012

Week 6 progress update - Fakaofo Atoll (Tokelau)

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By Dean Parchomchuk

This last week was a milestone week on the TREP work site. Several major works reached completion. We now have all the batteries installed, filled...
14 July 2012

Week 5 progress update - Fakaofo Atoll (Tokelau)

Image: Solar array construction in progress When we first arrived on Fakaofo Atoll, the heat and humidity were almost unbearable coming from...
12 July 2012

NZ Trade & Enterprise article on Powersmart Solar in Export News

Image: Powersmart Solar Director Mike Bassett-Smith Tokelau, world's first solar power nation By Keri Welham A Mount Maunganui...
3 July 2012

Week 3 - Array construction underway!

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By Dean Parchomchuk

Image: Tokelauan workers assembling array frames In comparison to the batteries inverter installations, it has appeared that progress on the...
2 July 2012

PowerSmart wins United Travel Emerging Exporter of the Year

Image: Marc-Antoine Simard, Serena England & Rogier Simons. Photo by Wayne Tait Photography' Winners of the BNZ Bay of Plenty ExportNZ...
29 June 2012

New Zealand should be a leader in solar energy

NZ can be a leader in solar energy, but must act now. Credit: BRENDAN WINITANA OPINION: Japan is in a crisis. Since the earthquake and...
28 June 2012

Falling cost makes solar panels tempting

Investors are tossing up whether to invest in state-owned electricity company floats or install solar panels kits in their homes, according to the...
28 June 2012

New Zealand, 100% solar by 2020?

Series 2012, Episode 4 | 100% Solar 28 Jun 12 | 0:24:12 | Classification: G Tim Wilson hosts a finale five-part series for TVNZ 7 with a big...
28 June 2012

Week 2 progress update - Fakaofo Atoll (Tokelau)

Image: View down the inverter room. It has been just over two weeks since the Powersmart team arrived on Fakaofo and we have seen great...
28 June 2012

Mount solar star powering Pacific

Image: Solar panels and equipment arrive on Tokelau. Posted at 7:02am Wednesday 27th Jun, 2012 | By Hamish Carter...
24 June 2012

Tokelau to be entirely solar-powered (Source: One News)

Image: Noel and the Governor General - Fakaofo Atoll Noel Ackerman from Powersmart Solar was one One News last night talking about our project...
23 June 2012

Solar power has bright future

Image: Mike Bassett-Smith, director at PowerSmart ITRAT BASHIR   Solar generation surged past wind power to become the renewable...
19 June 2012

Solar energy boom on horizon for Japan

Photo / Thinkstock Japan is poised to overtake Germany and Italy to become the world's second-biggest market for solar power as incentives...
18 June 2012

Winter power price rises bite

By Nicholas Jones Households will be paying higher power bills this winter as energy price increases made months ago bite in the cold...
17 June 2012

Solar System on Fakaofo Atoll (Tokelau) Construction Underway

This week marked the first week in the construction of Fakaofo Atoll's solar power system.  The Tokelau Renewable Energy Project (TREP)...
7 June 2012

Photovoltaic Cells Tap Underwater Solar Energy

06/07/2012 07:40 EDT - NRL News Release 77-12r Contact: Daniel Parry Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Electronics Science...
7 May 2012

Tokelau aims for 100% renewable energy in 2012

A RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT IN TOKELAU CONVERTS SOLAR-GENERATED POWER TO ELECTRICITY. (PHOTO: UN/ARIANE RUMMERY) Pacific Island Countries are...
20 January 2012

Shane Robinson - a stupendous solar success

Image: Shane Robinson, Joanne Robinson and baby Zach Oliver Robinson on location in Tokelau. CATHIE ROY/ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Editor's...
8 November 2011

Pacific micro-state switches entirely to renewable energy

Tokelau challenged world leaders at the UN climate talks in Durban to follow its lead John Vidal in Durban guardian.co.uk, Thursday 8...
1 November 2011

Tokelau - 100% Solar Powered

The South Pacific islands of Tokelau will soon become the first in the world to have all their electricity needs met by solar power. Tokelau is...
3 January 2011

Photovoltaics go on trial at NIWA Nelson

  NIWA has just installed a 10 kW array of photovoltaic solar panels at its regional office in Nelson....
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