Solar farm installation begins

19:48, Feb 11 2014
FEEL THE POWER: Solar panels are lifted on to the roof of the PNCC building.

The installation of New Zealand's largest solar panel farm kicked off early this morning at the Palmerston North city council building and convention centre.

Council energy officer John Debney said a large crane hoisted the panels onto the two roofs from 6am in preparation for installation.

''We've got all the preparation work done on the roof so this is the bulk of the material being lifted - so the solar panels and the mounting rails,'' he said. ''It should not take very long to get them installed; the big part is connecting everything together and making it all work.

Mr Debney said traffic management was in place around The Square, council building, and convention centre between 6am and 8.15am.

He said the ''big switch on'' of the 100-kilowatt farm would be in about a week. 

Tauranga-based Powersmart NZ has won the tender to install the 400 photovoltaic solar panels as the main part of the $215,350 project.


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