Commercial Case Studies

“In 2003 the biggest monthly power bill at Tarewa Mega Centre was around $4,000 - in 2014 it was more than $13,000.” Dan Udy - Director Udy Group, owners of Tarewa Mega Centre.

Tarewa Mega Centre is located in Whangarei, Northland, an area where the per/kWh energy costs are among the highest in New Zealand. These rates, and their relentless increase, motivated Dan and Jon Udy, directors of the Udy Group, to look for an alternative. Commercial solar power very quickly became the obvious choice.

For Tarewa Mega Centre the highest power demand is over the summer months, when air conditioning demand for the centre peaks. This is a perfect match for solar PV electricity generation as peak output from a system is over summer when the sun shines the most. To maximise the investment return, PowerSmart engineers designed a system to supply 70-80% of the centre's daytime baseload energy needs. This means that very little electricity is exported back to the national grid, as most is used internally at the centre.

The owners of the Mega Centre see the installation as a long-term investment in an area where energy rates are among the highest in the country. They also see it as a way to provide a financial benefit to the Tarewa Mega Centre tenants by fixing the amount they pay for the solar portion of their power bill. So, if power bills triple in Northland over the next 15 years, as they have since 2003, tenants will be making some significant savings as the solar portion of their power bill won't increase. This is a win for both the tenants and also for Udy Group, who will benefit from longer-term tenants and fewer vacant buildings.  

The Tarewa Mega Centre commercial solar installation won the 'Largest Grid Tied Implementation' at the 2014 SEANZ awards.

“We have never had a project go so smoothly, they finished about 2 weeks before they were scheduled to finish” Dan Udy

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Tarewa Mega Centre - 240kW

Label Title: Commercial Savings Through Solar

Type: Grid Tied Commercial

Location: Whangarei

Specs: 240kW

Est. Energy Production: 288,000 kWh per year

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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.

"We're a commercial organisation and we had an expectation of a commercial return and we're very pleased to say the output - and therefore commercial return - has exceeded that expectation." Comment on the Sylvia Park installation after 1 year. 

Jason Happy - National Facilities Manager at Kiwi Property.