Har­bour Bridge set to shine bright

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTERS

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.

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The bridge will be lit up us­ing so­lar pan­els.

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