Vector Lights energy use (live)

Vector Lights is powered by a mix of leading technology, including solar, battery and peer-to-peer systems.

Energy generated by solar panels is stored in a shipping container-sized Tesla Powerpack battery. Smart meters at the battery and on Auckland Harbour Bridge relay data between each other every 10 seconds. Using peer-to-peer technology, the amount of power Vector Lights uses at any one time is relayed back to the battery, which then releases this amount of power.

Here you'll see the live dashboard of the energy being created and used by Vector Lights.


Sources: Fun Fact #1 Average home’s power usage from MBIE. Fun Fact #4 (Equivalent native trees) calculated by using the ‘Amount of Carbon offset per hectare per year’ given in table two of the Ministry for Primary Industries’ ‘Look-up Tables for Forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme, December 2015’ and assuming there are 1,200 native trees per hectare. Fun Fact #5 ‘Carbon avoided’ calculated using Carbon Emissions Factor of 0.119453.  Fun Fact #6 Car emissions per kilometre taken from Ministry for the Environment and average daily car distance taken from the Ministry of Transport

Past events

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  • May 13
    Vector Lights for City of Colour

    Vector Lights is lighting up to support City of Colour, a central city wide programme of activations to drive visitation, bring vibrancy and colour to the streets. Designed by Angus Muir and Tyrone Ohia, and music by Wild Bill Ricketts, the show is an expression of the energetic nature of people in Tāmaki Makaurau through diversity and community. The show will play from 6pm until midnight, every 30 minutes.

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  • May 09
    Vector Lights for Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Week 2022

    Vector Lights will shine yellow as part of Road Safety Week, which aims to inspire communities to take action on road safety, making streets and communities safer.

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