Coloured lights will soon shine across Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour in a world-first bridge lighting display. New Zealand’s biggest city icon, the Auckland Harbour Bridge is about to get a new fancy lighting treatment with sustainable permanent coloured lighting that transforms for special event lighting displays. The display will be powered by 630 solar panels and one gigantic energy storage battery producing enough energy for 200 homes. The energy system will power the bridge lighting while also producing enough power to supply the nearby waterside entertainment precinct in the Wynyard Quarter. Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city is set between two harbours and offers coastal expanses. The bridge across the Waitemata Harbour connects the central city with the North Shore suburbs and dominates the city’s waterfront.
As part of the multi-million dollar energy efficiency partnership between Vector and Auckland Council, the iconic Harbour Bridge will be the first bridge in the world to be lit entirely by solar-stored energy. The individually controlled LED lights will be capable of transforming the bridge with customised lighting shows for special events and occasions in the style of other world monuments such as the Sydney Opera House, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper.
“The harbour bridge is an icon of Auckland and lighting it up will make the city at night a more interesting and vibrant sight. Powered by solar energy it will also reflect our commitment as a city to energy efficiency, sustainability and low carbon emissions,” said Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.
There will be a special event to mark the official turning on of the lights and the transformation of an Auckland icon into a global icon. The launch date is yet to be confirmed but it is hoped this will be before the end of 2017.