PowerSmart was founded in 2007 but truly began much earlier 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.
The company is now in its fifth year, has grown to over 21 employees and has completed a range of projects all over the region. PowerSmart is now the largest solar power company operating in New Zealand despite the claims of others and has an impressive portfolio of work ranging from residential to utility scale systems.
PowerSmart’s notable projects include one of the largest off-grid solar power systems in the world in the Atolls of Tokelau. PowerSmart has also installed 31 systems for the ACT Solar Schools program, in which the ACT Government is providing $51 million in funding available for schools to install solar power systems. The company has won several awards as a NZ company for business performance, innovation, sustainable company practices, and a commitment to quality design and customer service.
PowerSmart is driven by an experienced and committed team that will custom design a solar power system that suits your needs and that will stand the test of time. Our designs and processes have been proven in New Zealand and internationally and we have the track record to prove it. We are ‘solar power’ system specialists and our results speak for themselves.