A force to be reckoned with

Luke Nutting and Mark Unwin will be employing staff in Marlborough. Photo: Supplied.

The stars have aligned for two solar power companies as Marlborough-based iGenerate joins fast-growing Auckland-based outfit Lightforce.

iGenerate founder Mark Unwin started the company around four years ago and moved to Marlborough to focus on the South Island market.

“We sold a payments business and were looking for other growth areas,” he says.

“Solar seemed like a good option as it was growing quickly overseas and there was a lot of catching up to do in New Zealand.”

Lightforce was founded by trained electrician Luke Nutting in 2013 and is now responsible for about 20 per cent of the country’s solar installs. It employs over 50 staff, with plans to employ another 50 at least by the end of 2021.

Bosses will be hiring more installers, electricians, consultants and customer service people in the Marlborough and Nelson/Tasman regions.