Rainbow Springs Kiwi Husbandry Manager, Emma Bean, says it's wonderful to have Mercury’s support - “We can have over 40 eggs at the hatchery at one time, so having reliable back-up power is hugely important. If the incubators turn off, the eggs could cool down and die,” she says.
“With only about 68,000 kiwi left in all of New Zealand, having battery power as a back-up is a fantastic addition to the work that we are doing to save kiwi.”
The hatchery team uses incubators and specialised equipment to care for eggs and chicks before they are hatched and returned to the wild.
Our Chief Marketing Officer, Julia Jack, says our gift of solar panels and a battery, means that the sunshine at Rainbow Springs will be able to help both kiwi and the wonderful team that raise them.
The solar charged battery can provide 15 hours of back-up power for the hatchery’s kiwi egg incubators and other equipment.
The next stage of the solar power package will see solar panels installed on Rainbow Springs’ new entrance building, with this work finishing August 2019.
The solar panels will provide all the building’s electricity needs and offset the cost of charging the battery.
“The team at the National Kiwi Hatchery use so much of their own energy bringing baby kiwi into the world and giving them the best possible start in life,” says Julia.
“We wanted to support them with the ‘energy’ we know something about – renewable solar electricity.