Sourced from the Mountains
Powered by the Sun
Sourced from the Mountains POWERED BY THE SUN
A strong brand identity that fully leverages the spectacular mountain backdrop of the proposed site and genuinely aligns with the “clean green” principles of sustainable operations is of paramount importance to this project. Our brand promise: “Sourced from the mountains, Powered by the sun” embodies the most appealing attributes of both the Mid-Canterbury region and the wider NZ tourism proposition
Our story begins with the origin of our water. Opuke Thermal Pools and Spa will take water from the nearby Rangitata Diversion Race (RDR) that is feed by glacial melt water. A state-of-the art filtration and sanitation system will be installed and UV water treatment will be used to minimise the requirement for chemicals such as chlorine and bromine.
The Opuke Thermal Pools and Spa story continues with the technology used to heat the pools. Engineering consultancy, BECA, was commissioned to identify a range of renewable and non-renewable energy options, including solar and groundwater heat pumps.
At night, pool water will be transferred to insulated holding tanks located in the basement of the main building to minimise heat loss. Excess solar energy collected on fine days will be stored in buffer tanks and electrically powered water to water heat pumps will leverage this stored energy make up any shortfalls in solar energy arising from weather events without compromising the integrity of our brand.
Whilst renewable energy solutions require higher initial capital investment they fully align with our brand promise and deliver substantial energy savings in the longer term.