Ngā Hau e Whā National Marae
192kWp capacity Solar install at Ngā Hau e Whā Marae, Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand
Ngā Hau e Whā translates to ‘the four winds’, and is meant to represent a Marae that is for all people. It is the largest Marae in the southern hemisphere, and a lively hub of culture and community. A number of initiatives are run out of the Marae, including meals on wheels and on-site social housing programs. Furthermore, the space has been utilised as an emergency relief centre during both the Ōtautahi Earthquakes and the Port Hills fires.
Recently, Endless Energy has installed a 192kWp scale solar install on site. This mahi will power the Marae, capitalising on the roof space and daytime light to help with the ongoing operations of the Marae. It is expected that the financial savings would amount to at least $30,000 per annum, freeing up precious resources that can be fed back into the community.
Furthermore, having solar helps to provide resilience in the face of natural disaster and potential power outages that may result.