Shed 10, the century-old historic cargo shed on Queen’s Wharf that's being refurbished for use as an events space and as Auckland's primary cruise ship terminal, is now home to the largest solar panel system of its kind in the country.
The 60kW system has been attached to the roof of Shed 10, comprising 240 165cm x 99cm photovoltaic panels and covering an area of 400 square metres, according to supplier Vector, with an estimated generation of 84,000kWh per year, or the average annual energy use of 10 households.
The power generated will be used to provide lighting and excess energy will be used elsewhere on Waterfront Auckland sites or will go back into the national electricity grid.
Mayor Len Brown said Aucklanders currently spend $5 billion each year on electricity and this is likely to double by 2031.
“Renewable energy will increasingly have a part to play," he said. "With Shed 10, as a high profile public building in the heart of the city, we have an opportunity to showcase the best of what solar power has to offer and it’s only right that the Council through Waterfront Auckland shows leadership in this area.”
The PV system is one of a number of green initiatives as part of the building’s refurbishment, which seeks to make the most of natural lighting and ventilation.
The overhaul is expected to be completed in June this year with a public open day scheduled for shortly after.