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Koha (free) solar power for Great Barrier Island EVs

Solar generated power for EVs at Great Barrier Island, available for free (koha) until August 2020.

Solar generated power for EVs at Great Barrier Island, available for free (koha) until August 2020.

Sunergise and Aotea / Great Barrier local board today announce the launch of a free public EV charging station at Claris Center.

Electric vehicle drivers on Aotea / Great Barrier Island can now enjoy free charging for their EV thanks to a Koha initiative by solar power company Sunergise, the Claris Center and the Aotea / Great Barrier local board. 

The public EV charging station has been installed at the Claris Center, Aotea / Great Barrier Island. The site is powered by New Zealand’s largest off-grid solar implementation. The 69 kW system is helping displace diesel-powered generators on Barrier and is saving local businesses money as well as providing environmental benefits. The EV charging point allows excess power stored in the system’s Tesla batteries to be made available to members of the public who wish to recharge their electric vehicle. This power is now being made available at no cost, culturally known as Koha.

Sunergise CEO Paul Makumbe says, “Sunergise is pleased to play a part in reducing fossil fuel imports and helping the island lead the way towards a climate-smart future. The Koha aspect of the initiative allows us to share the benefits of solar energy with more people and acknowledges the abundance of energy that the sun offers us all.”

Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Chair Izzy Fordham adds, “The public EV charging point is in line with the board’svision to support the island to achieve off the grid self-sufficiency and invest in infrastructure that safeguards us all. The system will also make visiting the island more attractive for owners of electric vehicles.”

The EV charging station was installed by Sunergise and local Barrier engineers with support from Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board. Charging is available between 11am and 5pm and will be offered as Koha until August 2020.*

Sunergise solar Great Barrier EV charger

*Usage conditions apply.