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Air New Zealand turns to the sun

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 8, 2014

The solar array
The solar array

Air New Zealand has turned on New’s Zealand’s largest single solar array to date at its technical operations base at Auckland Airport.

A total of 480 solar panels has been fitted to an area of 750 metres square on one of Air NZ’s hangars. The array is estimated to produce 160,000KwH of electricity each year which will provide nearly a third of the power the hangar requires.

“We are excited about the possibilities solar provides and hope to see some real energy savings through this array,” says Captain David Morgan, Air New Zealand’s chief flight operations and safety officer, who is tasked with increasing Air New Zealand’s sustainability.

Metering equipment was also installed at the site that will allow the airline to measure energy consumption in real time.

“We have been focussed for some time on energy reduction whether it be through installing metering technology so we can monitor usage across different sites or increasing awareness amongst our staff on consumption and cost,” says Captain Morgan.

Comments (3)

  • Adrian


    Well done Air New Zealand.

    If Auckland can scrape up enough sunshine I am sure Melbourne could and Perth certainly should.
    (Perth brags it is Australia’s sunniest capital)

  • bernard pattison


    Can I hear a Harka being practised?

  • Adrian


    No mate, just credit where credit it is due.
    I refer you to the item below.

    Alice Springs expands solar power station, opens under cover car park

    Item by australianaviation.com.au at 3:38 pm, Monday May 19 2014

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