Northern News : February 22nd 2012
5 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 NEWS Call us today! Visit our website: www.hearingcare.co.nz 0800 50 50 58 Papa, can you hear me? 100% NZ OWNED & OPERATED The HearingCare team are here to help you recapture those moments and live life to the full. HearingCare can assess any hearing loss and recommend the best solution for your hearing needs, budget and lifestyle. So, no need to put up with missing out any more - call HearingCare today. KERIKERI CLINIC: Kerikeri Medical Rooms, Homestead Rd. Phone: 0800 50 50 58 Missing out on precious moments with family can be frustrating -- if you find this happens to you, pop along to see the friendly team at HearingCare. Solar power on trial in north Future power: Top Energy trials a solar power project. By EMMA GODWIN With the pressure on to generate enough clean, green energy for the future, Top Energy is working on a solar proj- ect, which, if successful, may see the roll out of solar power and hot water systems across targeted areas of the Far North. The project will trial a combination of solar photovoltaic panels, solar hot water and bat- tery storage systems in 10 houses in Kerikeri. Top Energy chief executive Russell Shaw says the project's ulti- mate objective is to ease the pressure on the com- pany's network in the evenings when consump- tion is at its peak. The solar panels will take the energy from the sun during the day and store it in the batteries,'' he says. People will then be able to draw on this power supply rather than power from the grid in the evenings.'' Project manager Keith Gilby says this will enable people to have greater control over their energy consumption. We will be studying not only the effects of micro solar generation systems connected to the elec- tricity network, but also any sociological or behavioural aspects,'' he says. We are interested to see if people change their living patterns when they have greater control over their power use. For example, people may choose to have showers in the evening rather than in the mornings, or run appliances such as dish- washers and washing machines during the day when the sun is shining.'' Mr Shaw says the new system will also prove useful when electric cars are rolled out as it will allow people to charge cars in the evenings. The project will be monitored over the next 12 to 18 months to ident- ify if further installations could be rolled out on other areas. Sports kids try out the codes Tennis time: Size doesn't matter at the kids' expo. Soccer styles: Kids get put through their paces. Thrill seekers: Unicycling and circus acts add excitement. Kaikohe kids had a ball at the Kids Sport Expo at Lindvart Park on Saturday. There was plenty on offer for kids to choose from. Softball, football, netball, tennis, the now ubiquitous unicycling and circus acts for the thrill-seeking kids. It was a great oppor- tunity for clubs and codes to find new recruits and potential new talent for sport.
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