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Auckland's Harbour Bridge claims solar first

Vector Lights is part of a smart energy partnership between energy company Vector and Auckland Council

 90,000 LED lights have been added to the bridge. Picture courtesy: Hamish Mortland
90,000 LED lights have been added to the bridge. Picture courtesy: Hamish Mortland

Thousands of people turned out to watch Vector Lights bring Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge to life in a world-first solar, battery and peer-to-peer powered light show.


Vector Lights is part of a smart energy partnership between New Zealand-based energy company Vector and Auckland Council, in collaboration with the NZ Transport Agency.


Its six-minute, specially-composed opening show sequence wowed local residents but the spectacular lighting effects were also designed to vividly demonstrate the new lighting capabilities and a smarter way to power Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand.


Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, who was with the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and the hordes of spectators watching the bridge light up said: "Vector Lights has given us another platform from which to celebrate and the use of solar power reflects our commitment to reducing our carbon emissions.


"Lighting up Auckland’s iconic harbour bridge in such a creative and exciting way adds new vibrancy and excitement to our city.”


The renewable energy used to light the bridge was stored through 630 solar panels. Each of the 90,000 LEDs added to the bridge can be individually programmed, allowing for an almost infinite array of designs and effects. The eight-lane, 58-year-old motorway bridge will be used to further enhance and celebrate Auckland’s major events and becoming an attraction for local residents and visitors.


Vector’s CEO Simon Mackenzie said Vector Lights reflects Auckland’s position as a future-thinking city. "Vector Lights will be an evolving showcase of new energy solutions that help illustrate what a more sustainable energy future can look like.


"Vector Lights not only showcases what is possible from an energy perspective, it will contribute to Auckland’s allure as a destination and a modern, future-focused community."


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