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We’ve been working pretty hard at developing our business here at Smart Energy since we started in 2005, so we see last night’s Business Excellence Award as confirmation that we are heading in the right direction. The Business Excellence Awards dinner was held by the Aoraki Development Trust and it was a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about the many successful companies to be found in South Canterbury.
View Smart Energy’s short video clip shown at the Awards Dinner for a background into the work we’re doing developing renewable energy systems for Afghanistan. It is amazing what can be achieved in Timaru with a great team, an internet connection, and a couple of business partners who aren’t adverse to taking a few risks!
The Business Excellence Awards will be presented on Thursday the 8th October.
Using infrared technology, Smart Energy Home Assessments give a detailed photo-pictorial report on energy losses, heating requirements, and hot water efficiencies. Recommendations are also included on how to improve the energy efficiency of your house / business / plant room.
Smart Energy has supplied and installed Afghanistan’s first wind farm - ten 7.5kW Bergey Excel wind tubines - in the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul. Due to be opened in November 2008, this wind farm provides electricity for local government offices, reducing the reliance on diesel, which has recently soared in price making it financially unviable.
Smart Energy has worked alongside local Afghanistan company, Sustainable Energy Services Afganistan (SESA) and New Zealand company Empower Consultants Ltd, offering training and advice on equipment and installation. The logistics of the project has been both challenging and rewarding, with delays incurred by the arrival of early winter snows in October 2007 just prior to initially anticipated completion completion.
Smart Energy won the award for the largest off-grid installation in New Zealand at the recent inaugural SEANZ Conference in Auckland. The 24kW stand alone power system in Central Otago used ground mounted 200 watt Kyocera solar photovoltaic (PV) modules connected to an array of 2 volt 3000 amp hour batteries, using SMA inverters and controllers, and SMA’s new Multicluster Box - the first installed worldwide, and with excellent results.