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Craters of the moon off grid

The Craters of the Moon Trust, 9km north of Taupo needed to extend their building to provide a better experience for their visitors. The new building included a new cafe which significantly increased their power loads. For most normal businesses this is not a problem but for the Craters of the Moon Trust it was, as they are not connected to the national grid. 

The Trust looked at a number of options including:

  • Connecting to the grid - this was very expensive
  • Installing a large generator - cost was similar to solar but would need another building and the noise polution was significant
  • Hydro and wind power -  resources not consistent enough to meet energy demands
  • Off grid solar with battery backup.

Simply off grid solar added up as the best solution. Sunshine hours were more than enough to power a cafe and visitors centre plus the panels could simply be mounted on the roof of the new building. Using batteries to store power for times when the sun was not shining means there is no noise polution in what is a unique natural environment. 

The Craters of the Moon off grid solar installation is typical of many off grid installations we are doing in New Zealand, where the cost to connect to the grid is prohibitively expensive. 

 

Craters of the Moon - 10kW

Label Title: Solving a power problem

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