Frank Kitts Park in Wellington is the place to head in May to see solar power and energy-efficient technologies in action!

A student team from Victoria University of Wellington have been assembling a solar-powered Kiwi bach in Frank Kitts Park as a practice run for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, taking place in Washington DC later in the year.

The team, led by students from Victoria’s School of Architecture, is one of only 20 teams worldwide (and the first entry ever from the Southern Hemisphere) to compete in the prestigious competition. Every two years the Solar Decathlon challenges students to design, build and operate an attractive, affordable house powered entirely by the sun.

The Victoria team’s entry: the Meridian First Light house will be open for public tours from May 7th to 24th, 12 noon to 4pm weekdays and 10am to 5:30pm on weekends. As well as showcasing solar technologies to the public, the assembly and tours of the house on Frank Kitts Park will act as a practice run for the US competition, which begins in September in Washington DC. After the public exhibition the house will be packed up and shipped off to the US for the competition. 

S&T is proud to support the First Light NZ team! Watch this space for news! For more information, please visit their website