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Innovators Awards 2012: Sustainability/cleantech winner, Powersmart

Innovators Awards 2012: Sustainability/cleantech winner, Powersmart
Tokelau is well on the track to becoming the first 100 percent solar powered nation on earth, and the Bay of Plenty’s Powersmart is a key part of the operation.

Tokelau is well on the track to becoming the first 100 percent solar powered nation on earth, and the Bay of Plenty’s Powersmart is a key part of the operation.

As the lead contractor for the Tokelau Renewable Energy Project, Powersmart beat out companies from all over the globe in tendering for the gig. It’s helped to design one of the largest off-grid solar systems in the world, and the largest in the South Pacific, with 4,032 solar panels and 1,344 batteries.

Tokelau’s government estimates the country will save 12,000 tonnes of C02 over the life of the solar power plant. At present the country’s diesel generators burn around 200 litres of fuel daily – something that stands to be eliminated entirely.

Judges say the Tokelau project ticks all the boxes, blending economic and environmental concerns, excellence in design and engineering and providing benefits to the local population.

“Brilliant example of a New Zealand business exporting its skill … an example of brilliant ingenuity and skill deployment.”powersmart solar 2012 innovators awards