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Approximately 12 months ago, Roy Maddox of SolarKing approached Hospice Mid-Northland with a plan to place solar power on our office roof in order to reduce power costs. The system was to be funded by donations from the public and Hospice supporters as well as a significant contribution towards the cost of panels and free installation from SolarKing.
We are excited to announce that one year on we have reached Stage 1 and we now have a 20 panel, 5 KW system installed and we are already reaping the benefits of power savings of around $2,500 per year.
To celebrate, our new solar power system was ‘switched on’ by the Northland MP, the Rt. Hon. Winston Peters on Thursday July 16th at 11.30 am.
Having achieved this first milestone, Mr Peters together with Mr Maddox will also launch Stage 2 of Hospice Mid-Northland solar power campaign. “Power Up Hospice Mid-Northland” invites local residents, supporters and businesses to donate towards the funding of a second 5KW system for our patient cottage. This would increase the annual savings to $5,000 plus, at no cost to Hospice.
The total system costs for stage 2 is $15,000 and SolarKing will continue to donate $100 from every system sale in Northland towards the system. The value of this kind of long-term ongoing reduction in running costs cannot be overstated as it allows us to redirect power savings to patient care. It’s easy, you can donate online or just call the main office on ph: 09 407 7799. Very soon we will have a dedicated page where teams, clubs, schools and sports groups can jump on board this fundraising effort as every dollar counts!