New technology revolutionises community


Smart community wins award.

The award, sponsored by EECA Business, recognises an organisation that is transforming its own energy system or enabling a systemic shift to renewable energy.

Energy company Vector collaborated with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei on a 30-home residential development for iwi first home owners. To demonstrate how a future community energy solution might operate, Vector installed solar and battery storage in each home. There is potential for people with excess power to sell it to their neighbour or back to the grid for additional income.

Awards judges said Vector had made a systemic shift towards cleaner energy technology, and they were impressed the initiative was reducing inequality through the power divide.

Andrew Caseley, Chief Executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), said technology in the energy sector was evolving so fast the door was wide open for innovation.

“This project demonstrates Vector’s leadership in trialling smart solutions that can deliver real benefits for communities.

“It also shows how the electricity sector can evolve to meet investment requirements of new housing developments and increased population.”

Vector CEO Simon Mackenzie said it was gratifying to win the award as it showed how new energy technology coupled with new affordable homes gave people more freedom in how they use, and pay for, energy.

“We’re very proud of this project and very excited to have won,” he said.

Two businesses received commendations in the Revolutionising Energy category, Bayfair Shopping Centre, and Reid Technology and TEAM Power.

NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards 2017 winners and commendations