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The largest solar energy system in Canterbury has been unveiled atop the Misco Joinery factory and showroom in Kaiapoi.
The system, installed by Sky Solar, comprises 535 panels and is set to provide up to 60% of Misco Joinery’s energy requirements for their showroom and their joinery workshop, which is the largest automated plant in the South Island.
Misco Joinery Director Glenn Colenso says the company opted for the installation in order to maximise their large, empty roof. “We have a huge roof that was not doing anything, and when we looked at the return on investment it made perfect business sense to install solar panels up there,” he said.
A pair of screens located inside the Misco showroom displays a real-time breakdown of energy production, consumption and savings for staff and customers to view.
Dwayne Cocker of the Sustainable Electricity Association of New Zealand attended the unveiling of the panels and says the South Island is leading the way in solar installations in New Zealand.
“The percentage of solar installations in the South Island exceeds the percentage in the North Island,” explains Dwayne.
“Canterbury is particularly forward-thinking in the solar installation industry, and to see a private enterprise here in Kaiapoi taking the lead with the biggest panel system in Canterbury is just fantastic.”
Installation company Sky Solar says it has been busy in the North Canterbury region, meeting with a number of schools, businesses and residential customers as the interest in solar energy rapidly increases.
Glenn says that Misco Joinery is planning to share its energy via redistribution, thus benefitting local organisations in need. “We are still in the early stages of discussion, but the plan is to support a community-based project or charity if we can.”
Pictured: Glenn Colenso (left) and Dwayne Cocker cut the ribbon on the new Misco Joinery solar panels.