Sat, 02 Dec 2023

The largest public housing development in Napier for many years has been recently completed and has the added benefit of innovative solar technology, thanks to Government programmes, says Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods.

The 24 warm, dry homes are in Seddon Crescent, Marewa and Megan Woods says the whanau living in the homes will all also enjoy lower power bills.

"Having solar installed on these houses will ease the pressure on household budgets and we expect customers' power bills across the development to be reduced by approximately $400 to $700 per year,'' Minister Megan Woods said.

"Each of the first 16 homes completed have been fitted with individual solar systems. The other eight homes that were completed this month, will feature technology which means electricity generated by solar panels across the complex is taken and shared among the eight homes.

"This technology monitors when energy is being used and directs solar power to the home to reduce electricity bills as much as possible. This can increase the amount of solar used in the buildings by up to 50%, meaning there's less reliance on expensive grid power, and higher savings for residents."

"It is the second public housing complex in New Zealand to be completed using this technology after the first was opened in Christchurch in July. Both of these have been funded through our innovative Mori and Public Housing Renewable Energy fund. 

"These homes also provide much needed housing for Napier families and continues the work to supply more public housing in Napier and throughout the Hawkes Bay.'

"So far, this government has delivered over 150 new homes in Napier including 25 transitional homes across three locations, with almost 400 in the pipeline.

"We've come a long way since the previous government left Napier with 33 fewer public homes than it started with.

Across the country we have already delivered over 13,000 more public homes, and are on track to deliver 21,000 public and transitional homes by 2025, Megan Woods said.

The first homes in Seddon Crescent were completed in December 2022, 12 months after the first sod was turned and pipes were laid. Construction started in May 2022 and within 15 months the whole development is complete. 

"This is a significant achievement considering the weather-related challenges Napier has faced from Cyclone Gabrielle and ongoing extreme weather events,'' says Megan Woods.

The 24 homes include six four-bedroom and two three-bedroom houses with the other homes comprising one and two-bedroom duplex homes.

 Notes to Editor:

Key facts about the solar installation

About the Kinga Ora renewable energy programme

Source: Beehive

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