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Shining the light on off-grid technologies

Shining the light on off-grid technologies

As little as five years ago, nobody thought off-grid street lighting could even be possible. Today, it’s rapidly becoming the norm for new developments, thanks in part to LZ New Zealand.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Back in 2015, nobody thought off-grid street lighting could even be possible. Today, it’s becoming the norm, thanks to LZ New Zealand, a small but agile company that has pushed the boundaries of technology ever since it was established as New Zealand’s first and only specialist architectural LED lighting company.

Managing Director, Liberio Riosa, explains that the company started as LZ Electrix, selling the most expensive light bulb on the market before nearly coming unstuck when the GFC hit in 2008. Soon afterwards, however, they won a contract for Westpac; then another for Nelson Hospital.

“It was our ability to show people that they have to spend money to save money that worked for us.”

Several years later, they morphed into a supplier of off-grid street lighting with a subsidiary company, Dynamic Energy, custom designing renewable energy solutions that give people control over their energy supply by using solar panels and wind turbines.

That capability led to their first major residential contract; a hybrid solar/wind turbine street lighting system for the Trent Street development—a private residential development for Kainga Ora in Auckland’s Avondale. The project was so innovative, it won a Deloitte Energy Excellence Award in 2017.

Since its inception, LZ New Zealand has become expert in solar and off-grid lighting solutions for a range of residential and commercial applications.

Off-grid lighting: cost-effective solutions for urban developments

The big advantage of off-grid lighting, Liberio says, is that, not only can it be installed anywhere that lacks mains power, it is also just a one-off cost.

“Once it’s installed, you don’t have to worry about ongoing electricity costs because it doesn’t connect to mains power. Nor do these private developments need to pay for testing to ensure compliance to NZTA standards if the lighting complies with the council’s environmental policy for light spill.”

He adds, you still need to maintain the lights. Once a year, the corporate body needs to wash the solar panels, just as they do with normal street lights.

Since that first project, there have been massive advances in the technology—the batteries have become smaller and the inverter and lighting have improved. LZ New Zealand pioneered much of the technology themselves through a process of trial and error. As a result, off-grid street lighting has become more efficient and easily accessible throughout New Zealand.

A major advance came when LZ New Zealand developed the security around off-grid lighting.

“The challenge, with not having mains power, was you couldn’t monitor the site with security cameras. To overcome that, we developed 4G Self Powered Security Camera Integration, a system that incorporates a 4G camera connected to the battery and charged through solar energy.

“It has an onboard SD card, like a SIM card, that stores data so you can monitor sites remotely.”

Liberio says the technology for off-grid lighting keeps evolving faster and faster. “Our business is like a living document. We are also a power company, supplying the residential electricity as well.”

Word spread quickly about the Trent Street development and a number of big projects followed including securing a development in the Ohakune Adventure Park and the installation of a multiple solar systems including Kaikohe Care Private Hospital and Rest Home.

The company has also installed a 20-kilowatt system at both the Tauranga City Council and Whakatane Council buildings. “We’re looking at a large commercial supply for the Tauranga water treatment plant and even bigger projects like some NZTA road tunnels.”

Off-grid street lighting with high-performance LEDs and integrated security is proving a popular solution for local council authorities and residential developers.

Off-grid lighting: the power to be where you need it

Because it can go anywhere that does not have power, the company has even installed a system in the middle of the Kaimai Ranges.

Although LZ New Zealand started out as an architectural lighting company, it has become a full-blown commercial power supplier with the ability to design, manufacture and supply everything in between.

“The manufacturing is done in our warehouse and we have a sales team of five plus three teams of around 3–4 contractors that do the installation. We also have three in-house IT people because we’ve become a Telco,” says Liberio.

During the Covid lockdown period, Liberio was busy putting together proposals and some big contracts in place. While he normally travels extensively overseas visiting suppliers, he began doing business on Zoom and he now has a telemarketing team.

Around 13 years after they started, LZ New Zealand is going from strength to strength. After a challenging 2020, it looks like 2021 is going to be another great year.

Learn more about off-grid lighting solutions.

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As little as five years ago, nobody thought off-grid street lighting could even be possible. Today, it’s rapidly becoming the norm for new developments, thanks in part to LZ New Zealand.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Back in 2015, nobody thought off-grid street lighting could even be possible. Today, it’s becoming the norm, thanks to LZ New Zealand, a small but agile company that has pushed the boundaries of technology ever since it was established as New Zealand’s first and only specialist architectural LED lighting company.

Managing Director, Liberio Riosa, explains that the company started as LZ Electrix, selling the most expensive light bulb on the market before nearly coming unstuck when the GFC hit in 2008. Soon afterwards, however, they won a contract for Westpac; then another for Nelson Hospital.

“It was our ability to show people that they have to spend money to save money that worked for us.”

Several years later, they morphed into a supplier of off-grid street lighting with a subsidiary company, Dynamic Energy, custom designing renewable energy solutions that give people control over their energy supply by using solar panels and wind turbines.

That capability led to their first major residential contract; a hybrid solar/wind turbine street lighting system for the Trent Street development—a private residential development for Kainga Ora in Auckland’s Avondale. The project was so innovative, it won a Deloitte Energy Excellence Award in 2017.

Since its inception, LZ New Zealand has become expert in solar and off-grid lighting solutions for a range of residential and commercial applications.

Off-grid lighting: cost-effective solutions for urban developments

The big advantage of off-grid lighting, Liberio says, is that, not only can it be installed anywhere that lacks mains power, it is also just a one-off cost.

“Once it’s installed, you don’t have to worry about ongoing electricity costs because it doesn’t connect to mains power. Nor do these private developments need to pay for testing to ensure compliance to NZTA standards if the lighting complies with the council’s environmental policy for light spill.”

He adds, you still need to maintain the lights. Once a year, the corporate body needs to wash the solar panels, just as they do with normal street lights.

Since that first project, there have been massive advances in the technology—the batteries have become smaller and the inverter and lighting have improved. LZ New Zealand pioneered much of the technology themselves through a process of trial and error. As a result, off-grid street lighting has become more efficient and easily accessible throughout New Zealand.

A major advance came when LZ New Zealand developed the security around off-grid lighting.

“The challenge, with not having mains power, was you couldn’t monitor the site with security cameras. To overcome that, we developed 4G Self Powered Security Camera Integration, a system that incorporates a 4G camera connected to the battery and charged through solar energy.

“It has an onboard SD card, like a SIM card, that stores data so you can monitor sites remotely.”

Liberio says the technology for off-grid lighting keeps evolving faster and faster. “Our business is like a living document. We are also a power company, supplying the residential electricity as well.”

Word spread quickly about the Trent Street development and a number of big projects followed including securing a development in the Ohakune Adventure Park and the installation of a multiple solar systems including Kaikohe Care Private Hospital and Rest Home.

The company has also installed a 20-kilowatt system at both the Tauranga City Council and Whakatane Council buildings. “We’re looking at a large commercial supply for the Tauranga water treatment plant and even bigger projects like some NZTA road tunnels.”

Off-grid street lighting with high-performance LEDs and integrated security is proving a popular solution for local council authorities and residential developers.

Off-grid lighting: the power to be where you need it

Because it can go anywhere that does not have power, the company has even installed a system in the middle of the Kaimai Ranges.

Although LZ New Zealand started out as an architectural lighting company, it has become a full-blown commercial power supplier with the ability to design, manufacture and supply everything in between.

“The manufacturing is done in our warehouse and we have a sales team of five plus three teams of around 3–4 contractors that do the installation. We also have three in-house IT people because we’ve become a Telco,” says Liberio.

During the Covid lockdown period, Liberio was busy putting together proposals and some big contracts in place. While he normally travels extensively overseas visiting suppliers, he began doing business on Zoom and he now has a telemarketing team.

Around 13 years after they started, LZ New Zealand is going from strength to strength. After a challenging 2020, it looks like 2021 is going to be another great year.

Learn more about off-grid lighting solutions.

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Shining the light on off-grid technologies

Shining the light on off-grid technologies

As little as five years ago, nobody thought off-grid street lighting could even be possible. Today, it’s rapidly becoming the norm for new developments, thanks in part to LZ New Zealand.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Back in 2015, nobody thought off-grid street lighting could even be possible. Today, it’s becoming the norm, thanks to LZ New Zealand, a small but agile company that has pushed the boundaries of technology ever since it was established as New Zealand’s first and only specialist architectural LED lighting company.

Managing Director, Liberio Riosa, explains that the company started as LZ Electrix, selling the most expensive light bulb on the market before nearly coming unstuck when the GFC hit in 2008. Soon afterwards, however, they won a contract for Westpac; then another for Nelson Hospital.

“It was our ability to show people that they have to spend money to save money that worked for us.”

Several years later, they morphed into a supplier of off-grid street lighting with a subsidiary company, Dynamic Energy, custom designing renewable energy solutions that give people control over their energy supply by using solar panels and wind turbines.

That capability led to their first major residential contract; a hybrid solar/wind turbine street lighting system for the Trent Street development—a private residential development for Kainga Ora in Auckland’s Avondale. The project was so innovative, it won a Deloitte Energy Excellence Award in 2017.

Since its inception, LZ New Zealand has become expert in solar and off-grid lighting solutions for a range of residential and commercial applications.

Off-grid lighting: cost-effective solutions for urban developments

The big advantage of off-grid lighting, Liberio says, is that, not only can it be installed anywhere that lacks mains power, it is also just a one-off cost.

“Once it’s installed, you don’t have to worry about ongoing electricity costs because it doesn’t connect to mains power. Nor do these private developments need to pay for testing to ensure compliance to NZTA standards if the lighting complies with the council’s environmental policy for light spill.”

He adds, you still need to maintain the lights. Once a year, the corporate body needs to wash the solar panels, just as they do with normal street lights.

Since that first project, there have been massive advances in the technology—the batteries have become smaller and the inverter and lighting have improved. LZ New Zealand pioneered much of the technology themselves through a process of trial and error. As a result, off-grid street lighting has become more efficient and easily accessible throughout New Zealand.

A major advance came when LZ New Zealand developed the security around off-grid lighting.

“The challenge, with not having mains power, was you couldn’t monitor the site with security cameras. To overcome that, we developed 4G Self Powered Security Camera Integration, a system that incorporates a 4G camera connected to the battery and charged through solar energy.

“It has an onboard SD card, like a SIM card, that stores data so you can monitor sites remotely.”

Liberio says the technology for off-grid lighting keeps evolving faster and faster. “Our business is like a living document. We are also a power company, supplying the residential electricity as well.”

Word spread quickly about the Trent Street development and a number of big projects followed including securing a development in the Ohakune Adventure Park and the installation of a multiple solar systems including Kaikohe Care Private Hospital and Rest Home.

The company has also installed a 20-kilowatt system at both the Tauranga City Council and Whakatane Council buildings. “We’re looking at a large commercial supply for the Tauranga water treatment plant and even bigger projects like some NZTA road tunnels.”

Off-grid street lighting with high-performance LEDs and integrated security is proving a popular solution for local council authorities and residential developers.

Off-grid lighting: the power to be where you need it

Because it can go anywhere that does not have power, the company has even installed a system in the middle of the Kaimai Ranges.

Although LZ New Zealand started out as an architectural lighting company, it has become a full-blown commercial power supplier with the ability to design, manufacture and supply everything in between.

“The manufacturing is done in our warehouse and we have a sales team of five plus three teams of around 3–4 contractors that do the installation. We also have three in-house IT people because we’ve become a Telco,” says Liberio.

During the Covid lockdown period, Liberio was busy putting together proposals and some big contracts in place. While he normally travels extensively overseas visiting suppliers, he began doing business on Zoom and he now has a telemarketing team.

Around 13 years after they started, LZ New Zealand is going from strength to strength. After a challenging 2020, it looks like 2021 is going to be another great year.

Learn more about off-grid lighting solutions.