(NEW ZEALAND)

An iconic bridge is set to become the first in the world to shine using solar energy.

The Auckland Harbour Bridge, in New Zealand, is going to harness solar as part of an energy efficiency initiative signed between Auckland Council and Vector, the country’s leading electricity provider. They have a 10 year partnership to deliver sustainable projects across the city

Hundreds of solar panels will be situated near the bridge, with a mega battery storing the energy. And around 90,000 LED lights and 200 floodlights – that use half the energy of standard lighting – will light up the bridge.

“The harbour bridge is an icon of Auckland. Lighting it up will make the city at night a more interesting and vibrant sight,” said Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. “Powered by solar energy it will also reflect our commitment as a city to energy efficiency, sustainability and low carbon emissions.”