Base Power energising mobile technology at Western BOP park

Specialised remote power supply, Base Power, is the energy behind a new mobile communications tower expected to boost safety at TECT Park in Western Bay of Plenty.

Boasting 80 solar panels, a powerful energy storage unit and back-up generator, Base Power is providing continuous supply of energy to ensure people can use their mobile phones in the park at any time of the day or night. It can also grow to accommodate future needs.

Until now, mobile coverage at the park has been limited, causing serious safety concerns if someone is injured, Base Power Business Manager Jayson Vinsen says.

“Base Power is proud to be providing that reliable power to the park’s cell tower for Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) and, in turn, helping improve the safety of people using this popular recreational park.”

Caitlin Metz from RCG said: “Working with Council, the TECT Park Manager and Base Power has been a great collaboration to bring this green mobile facility to fruition. The Base Power solution is providing a reliable standalone power supply to power the TECT Park mobile facility, allowing services to be available 24 hours a day. It’s vital that if someone is hurt, help can be contacted quickly and reliably.”

TECT Park is a 1650ha remote all-terrain playground situated off SH36, the main road between Tauranga and Rotorua. The park is divided into zones, catering for the needs of different users and activities, from horse-riding, walking and mountain biking, to motorcycling, target shooting and rally car driving.

Mr Vinsen said Base Power’s solar panels, energy unit and generator, as well as the cell tower is situated on top of a hill in the park, attracting maximum sun while also being protected from southerly winds by a bank.

“All those solar arrays are a pretty impressive sight while also being a renewable energy source, giving the same quality power you would get in town,” he said.

These units are fitted with communications capabilities which allow the Base Power team to remotely monitor the system for RCG.

“The batteries will charge during the light of the day, allowing for constant energy at night. I’ll also be monitoring the levels of diesel in the generator to make sure there’s always enough to keep the power on should there be prolonged spells of low light coming into the solar panels,” he said.

Designed by New Zealand’s second largest electricity utility, Powerco, Base Power has been developed and tested by skilled research and development engineers and proven to offer a reliable and safe power supply.