12 Nov 2010

Solar power system on island will save thousands

3:12 pm on 12 November 2010

Auckland's Motutapu Island will on Friday flick the switch on the country's largest off-grid solar power system.

Solar panels will generate energy for Department of Conservation homes on the island, the Motuptapu Education Camp and a working farm.

DOC area manager Brett Butland says the system, which has a price tag of $715,000, should save about $190,000 in fuel costs each year.

Mr Butland says that money will be put back into field work on the island.

He says Motutapu is the ninth DOC-managed island to have a renewable energy system installed.