Eco substation

Historically, electricity substations in urban areas have been something of an annoyance and an eyesore. Inherently, large power transformers emit a continuous ‘hum’ that can be irritating to those living in the vicinity. Additionally, the utilitarian look of traditional substations mar the presentation of residential streets.

For a few years now, Marlborough Lines has been working to make our urban substations as sympathetic – both environmentally and aesthetically – as possible. We understand we are the only network company in New Zealand to construct all our urban substations to emit zero noise.

Our recent Waters Substation project goes further – creating new standards across all aspects of substation design.

Transformers at the new substations are designed with radiators external to the building to allow the transformers to be housed indoors with no internal cooling or air conditioning required – making the substation energy efficient and noise free.

Switchgear is installed inside the building and underground cables contribute to the overall appearance of a substation that looks like a contemporary neighbourhood residence.

We also provide landscaping, with low maintenance gardens and lawns completing the residential look.

Use thermostats and timers so your heaters, including heat pumps, only come on when you need them.

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