Otaki aims to go off-grid

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Peo­ple of Otaki have come to­gether in sup­port of a big vi­sion for their small town­ship: to cre­ate a com­mu­nity which can sup­ply all its own energy needs and be­comes a net ex­porter of re­new­able energy. Pupils from Otaki col­lege are al­ready ben­e­fit­ing from the En­er­gise Otaki ini­tia­tive, with lo­cal tech­nol­ogy busi­nesses work­ing with the school on clean energy projects. Year 9 & 10 science stu­dents have used so­lar pan­els to learn about energy con­sump­tion and con­ser­va­tion. The lessons ex­tend be­yond the class­room too, as for the past sev­eral years the col­lege ve­hi­cles have run on emul­si­fied biodiesel.

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