Winston Peters Switches On Hospice Mid-Northland’s New Solar Power System

Approximately 12 months ago, Roy Maddox of SolarKing approached Hospice Mid-Northland with a plan to place a solar power system on the Hospice’s roof in order to significantly reduce the Hospice’s monthly outgoings on power.

The system was to be funded by donations from the public and Hospice supporters as well as a significant contribution towards the cost of panels and free installation from SolarKing.

One year on and the Stage 1, a 20 panel, 5 kW system, is complete and the Hospice is already reaping the benefits of power savings of around $2,500 per year.


Hospice Mid-Northland Makes Hay Whilst The Sun Shines

The value of this kind of long-term ongoing reduction in running costs cannot be overstated as it allows the Hospice to redirect these funds to patient care. Currently the hospice must raise in excess of $450,000 a year over and above the government grants, if it is to continue to provide free of charge, 24/7 care to this region, so every dollar counts.

Hospice Mid-Northland provides specialist palliative care services to terminally ill patients and their family/whanau in the community. They also provide a range of day time services, such as family counselling, grief and loss support and complementary therapies such as massage and reflexology to assist patients and their caregivers to feel special at such a challenging time.

Roy Maddox, CEO of SolarKing comments, “The Hospice demonstrates the ideal installation for a solar system of this kind. The bulk of the energy generated is used directly as it is collected during the day, when the load within the hospice is at its greatest. This is the most efficient and cost effective use of solar energy in an application where a larger number of people are drawing on that power.”

Maddox also extends a big thank you to the Bay of Islands Keri Keri Golf Club who have partnered with SolarKing to help raise awareness of the project. “We have sponsored the 9 hole masters at the Club now for over two years, which has made many golfers aware of this solar power project. The Club has also donated generously to the fund.”

Rt Hon Winston Peters switching on Hospice Mid-Northland solar power stage 1

Roy Maddox and Rt Hon Winston Peters switching on Hospice Mid-Northland Solar Power Stage 1

Mid Northland Hospice


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Having achieved this first milestone, Mr Peters together with Mr Maddox announced the start of Stage 2 of Hospice Mid-Northland solar power system installation. Called “Power Up Hospice Mid-Northland”, this again invites local residents and businesses to donate towards the funding of a second 5kW system. This would increase the annual savings to $5,000 plus, at no cost to the Hospice.

The total system costs for stage 2 is $15,000 and SolarKing will continue to donate $100 from every system sale in Northland towards the system.

Even the smallest donation is welcome, and people can donate by clicking this link: Power Up Hospice Mid-Northland fund today

For further information or comment please contact:

  • Bernie Burrell, General Manager, Hospice Mid-Northland, (09) 407 7799
  • Roy Maddox, Managing Director, Solar King, 09 486 7443 Xt 711 or 021 940 589

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