This week PowerSmart has added 3 more business awards to their growing collection. At the New Zealand Sustainable 60 Awards on Wednesday night in Auckland the company from Mount Maunganui won both the ‘Community’ Category and the ‘Overall Small Business’ Award, beating out larger companies such as ASB, Vodafone and Westpac. PowerSmart were also finalists in both of the other categories entered; ‘Environment’ and ‘Marketplace’.
These two latest award wins come days after the company won the SEANZ (Sustainable Electricity Association New Zealand) award for ‘Best Solar PV Implementation Off-Shore’, awarded for the Tokelau Renewable Energy Project. Less than two months ago the project also won PowerSmart the Clean-tech and Sustainability section of the NZ Innovators Awards. The judges had this to say;
“I have never passed a maximum score in every category in two years as an awards evaluator. To me your project in Tokelau ticks every box. You have blended working in a remote location, excellence in design and engineering, economic rationale with reducing diesel costs and on-going environmental and economic benefits. And not least training benefits to the local population. A really brilliant project and I hope we keep your company in New Zealand see domestic growth also as a result.
An outstanding example of applying existing technology to a problem with results that have brought social, economic and environmental benefits to the customer and end user. Brilliant example of a NZ business exporting it's skill to deliver the solution." - The New Zealand Innovators Awards Team
Earlier this year PowerSmart was named United Travel Emerging Exporter of the Year at the BNZ Bay of Plenty Export NZ Awards. They were also finalists in the 2012 Sustainable Business Network Awards and ranked 14th in The New Zealand Herald's Green 50 list of top Kiwi companies helping the environment. Last year they won the SEANZ award for ‘Largest Small Scale Renewable/Distributed Generation Installation’ and in 2010 they won the Sustainable Business Network ‘People’s Choice Award’ and ‘Trailblazer Small and Medium Business Award’.
“I am tremendously proud of our team and they continue to go from strength to strength. None of the recognition we have received would be possible without such a committed and vibrant group of staff and we have been really fortunate to attract such great people. I believe this is only the beginning for this company and really look forward to what our team can achieve going forward. Our sincere thanks to the Sustainable 60 team and sponsors for recognising our efforts.”
- PowerSmart Managing Director, Mike Bassett-Smith
“PowerSmart walks the talk and their product has made a positive impact on the environment, clients and the community, through the installation of solar electricity systems.”
- NZ Sustainable 60 Awards panel.