Mar 19 2018

Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods cut the ribbon on the battery site in Wynyard Quarter last Friday

Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods cut the ribbon on the battery site in Wynyard Quarter last Friday.

The system stores the solar energy needed to power Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge.

The opening also market the first public unveiling of a stunning mural that wraps around three sides of the site, and has been created over a number of months by talented Auckland artist Erin Forsyth.

Erin also attended the opening and Minister Woods congratulated her on her beautiful creation.

The shipping container-sized compound sits in Jellicoe Street car park on the corner of Madden and Daldy streets and stores energy from 248 solar installed on top of restaurants at North Wharf in Wynyard Quarter – which is enough to power 400 homes for an hour.

In an effort to do her bit for the environment, Erin made the conscious decision to switch from aerosols to paint when she began work on the mural in early 2018. Her design incorporates an alluring female figure, peace sign and flora and fauna.

Vector CEO Simon Mackenzie said the main reason Vector became involved in the project to light the bridge was to create an evolving showcase of renewable energy technology, including solar power.