Our Team

SHANE ROBINSON (BENG)

SHANE ROBINSON (BENG)

Shane has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. He has a strong entrepreneurial background and a unique blend of engineering and management skills.  He is an incredibly smart and skilled person who prior to founding PowerSmart worked at the forefront of LED lighting technology, and is named on 18 separate international patents and patent applications. At PowerSmart he manages technical sales, system designs and some commercial projects. His knowledge of electrical component design and troubleshooting makes him an invaluable member of the PowerSmart team. Shane is one of four CEC accredited designers and supervisors in New Zealand. 

Shane is a math and electronics genius who knows almost everything there is to know about solar power systems and related technology.  What he does not know he will learn and he is always hungry to improve himself and this company.  His favourite things include waking up as early as humanly possible, surfing before anyone else in the morning, shooting and eating fish, and constant activity to feed his unstoppable metabolism. 

RElevant experience

2015

Shane was one of two lead designers for the $35 million Tuvalu and Northern Cooks Renewable Energy Project as well as a lead project manager for the Northern Cook Islands Renewable Energy Project with installation completed on time and on budget. He also performs the monthly system monitoring and provides on-going support to the system operators.

2012

Shane managed the battery and control electronics installation for the Tokelau Renewable Energy Project, as well as overseeing the training and communications aspect of the project.  He also performs the monthly system monitoring and provides on-going support to the system operators.

2011

In the past 3 years he has also overseen the design and integration of over 300kW of on and off grid solar power systems on King Island, Tasmania.  King Island is a remote location with extreme environmental conditions and Shane has become well versed with the additional challenges these issues provide. 

Role DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING

The rest of the team

DEAN PARCHOMCHUK (BENG)
DEAN PARCHOMCHUK (BENG)

Dean has well over ten years of engineering, design and project management experience in the international solar power industry.  He has...

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MIKE BASSETT-SMITH (BCOM)
MIKE BASSETT-SMITH (BCOM)

As Managing Director, Mike oversees the financial management of all large scale commercial projects. His key capabilities of analysing the financial...

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SHANE ROBINSON (BENG)
SHANE ROBINSON (BENG)

Shane has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. He has a strong entrepreneurial...

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ROGIER SIMONS (BID-Hons)
ROGIER SIMONS (BID-Hons)

Rogier leads a team of vibrant and dynamic staff, committed to giving people more power and more choice when it comes to their energy, literally...

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RICHARD CULLWICK (BPHED)
RICHARD CULLWICK (BPHED)

Richard has been working with PowerSmart since 2013 and looks after all marketing and communications at PowerSmart. He works closely with many of...

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NOEL ACKERMAN
NOEL ACKERMAN

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...

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COLLEEN SCHUMACHER
COLLEEN SCHUMACHER

Originally from: Tauranga, NZ.  Interests: Running, bush walks, water sports and hitting the beach in summer, just hanging out with my 8 year...

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PRANAY KAR (MENG)
PRANAY KAR (MENG)

Originally from: Assam, India. Interests: Tramping, camping, photography, driving, opening up electronic equipment/computers and playing with...

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ANNA BARRETT
ANNA BARRETT

Originally from: Hamilton, New Zealand. Interests: Trail running, skiing, friends & family, hanging out and running with my dog Jay. Previous...

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Vicki Raynel
Vicki Raynel

Originally From: Te Puke. Recently returned from living in Perth, Western Australia for over ten years.  Interests: V8 Supercars, cats, friends...

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MATT CURRY
MATT CURRY

Originally from: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Interests: Surfing, yoga, guitar. Previous life: Business Development, sushi bar owner. "Buy...

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SAMUEL EICHLER
SAMUEL EICHLER

Sam lives in Lawrence, Central Otago on his own little bit of paradise. Started work at PowerSmart as an installer and has worked on everything from...

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JETHRO EICHLER
JETHRO EICHLER

Originally from: Omokoroa, NZ. Interests: Landscaping, gardening, cars, sustainability, renewable energy, installing PV solar systems. Previous...

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Jayde Sleeman
Jayde Sleeman

Originally from: Born in Yeppoon, Australia but grew up in Waihi Beach and Tauranga. Interests: Getting out and about with my kids and enjoying what...

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Testimonials

"We have never had a project go so smoothly, they finished two weeks ahead of schedule."

Dan Udy - Director: Udy Group

"We deal with a great number of contractors and would rate PowerSmart's delivery onsite as amongst the very best"

 

Jason Happy - National Facilities Manager at Kiwi Property

We are delighted to be supplementing our existing renewable energy supply, which already incorporates solar water heating, wind and biological initiatives with solar PV electricity. This will certainly assist us achieve our ultimate goal of self-sufficiency.”

Peter Yealands founder Yealands Estate Wines.