Harbour Bridge set to shine bright
A major Auckland landmark will soon be casting its light far and wide, thanks to a world-first solar powered initiative.
The Auckland Harbour Bridge is set to have 90,000 LED lights and 200 floodlights installed, transforming the bridge for lighting displays. The bridge will be the first in the world to have all its lighting powered entirely by solar energy. More than 630 solar panels will be installed.
The planning and installation of the lights is expected to take several months once council planning, consenting and NZTA approval processes have been completed. Mayor Phil Goff said lighting the bridge would make the city a more interesting and vibrant sight at night.
‘‘It will also reflect our commitment as a city to energy efficiency, sustainability and low carbon emissions.’’
The lights will be individually controlled, meaning the intensity can be regulated. The project comes through a partnership between Vector and Auckland Council. Vector is contributing millions of dollars and will meet the bulk of the costs in operating and maintaining. Auckland Council will fund the digital programming, special events activations and promotion.
Vector chief executive Simon Mackenzie said nobody would look at the bridge the same way once the lights were turned on.
The bridge will be lit up using solar panels.