Power to the people

South Auckland Forging Engineering in Drury has risen to the challenge of sustainability by installing the largest photovoltaic solar electricity generating array in New Zealand.
The firm is a multi-faceted specialist engineering company of 43 years’ experience, located 35km south of central Auckland. Its solar generation project was launched as a result of the firm’s management wanting to reduce its electricity bill.
Changing to a different supplier was investigated, but would only have decreased the bill by two per cent. After further research, and getting a number of quotes, the economic advantages of installing solar panels proved convincing.
The company operates a heavy forging plant, a large heat treatment facility, machine shop, metallurgical laboratory and a training programme – all on a three-hectare site.