PowerSmart truly began much earlier than 2007 with the shared vision of the three founders in early University. Mike, Shane, and Dean saw an opportunity to create a company based on the principles of sustainability that would empower people to take better control of their electricity costs. For them the simple elegance of harnessing sunshine for electricity simply had to become a reality and ever since they have committed themselves to being a driving part of this change.
Mike was the reason the company came to New Zealand as he moved here immediately after University and took up a job with the ANZ Investment Bank. Shane had visited New Zealand with Mike before and was drawn to the wonderful lifestyle and surf. Dean is always up for an adventure and remained in Canada working in the solar industry until Mike and Shane had developed a real project for him to take on. It took over a year of working from Shane’s living room for this to happen and during that time Shane and Mike spent plenty of time surfing. They now look back fondly on the days when the phone didn’t ring, nothing was terribly urgent, and surfing opportunities could be harnessed at any time.