Vodafone NZ opens green energy cell site

Friday 22 April 2016 | 09:54 CET | News

Vodafone New Zealand opened a green energy cell site to give a mobile safety boost to Kauaeranga Valley. Powered by solar panels and wind turbines, this is the first ‘off grid’ cell site to be built on the mainland under the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), the operator said. The RBI, which Vodafone delivers in partnership with the Government and Chorus, brings improved mobile coverage and high-speed wireless broadband to thousands of New Zealanders living in rural areas.

The new Kauaeranga Valley cell site enables local residents, visitors and businesses to gain access to wireless broadband capable of delivering fibre-like speeds up to 100Mbps. Sixty square metres of solar panelling and two 600 watt wind turbines are generating the cell site’s power. The newly erected site delivers broadband services and mobile phone coverage to approximately 350 households and businesses from the Kopu-Hikuai Road, across the Kauaeranga Valley to Thames.

The Thames-Coromandel District Council’s (TCDC) Economic Development Committee provided a grant to fund solar and wind power at cell site.

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