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/ ADVANCE MADE BINCE ITS | INCEPTION. The electric lighting and supply soheme j whioh the Akaroa Borough Council installed jin 1911 has steadily advanced in favour, but during the last few ranntbs the plant hftH been more heavily loaded, ajd a groat many connection* have bpen made The Council has in every way catered for coisumers, and about twelve months for co instituted a oyslem *hereby*the installations could be made hy the borough electrioal engineer, and the n rut thereof remain on internet at the rale of 6 par cent, and the cost paid off in in*=tal ments This instalment system haß helped to sell a great deal of current to the consumer, wnieh otherwise could not possibly have been sold

The systpm is now on a very satisfactory footing, and the revenue from the different sources of current is easily paying the interest nnd sinking fund on the loans. The new £1000 loan for the linking np of Grehan Valley creek with tbe reservoir will bn another burden on the soheme, but it is very necessary, and tbe extra expense will be easily met by the eyer.increasing consump' tion

. It is rather interesting to note the progress the scheme has made since it started, and the figureß below give a fairly'aoeurate ioVt of how the current has bprn gradually increasing. There are in all about 106 eon' - sumerp. It will be noted that an excellent start has been made for the year 3914. and from present indications it will outstrip the two previous years. The borough engineer is doing excellent work, and the energy he has displayed einoe he Btarted work in tbe borough is very creditable. Tbe figures for the consumption of the current is given below :—

1911 8 op. 16 o.p, 25 c.p. 82 o.p. 50 c.p. 228 213 10 39 54 21 irons, 6 radiat-rs, 3 kettles 1 hot plate. 1912 96 154 0 37 14 15 irons, 2 radiators, 7 kettles, 5 h.p. motor 1913. 40 54 0 4 2 8 irons, 5 kettles, 3 aro lamps, 10 lOop lamps 1914 104 65 18 56 20 1 11 c.p. lamp, 10 iron 3, 1 heater, dental motor, 1 3h.p, 1 sh.p, 1 6£bp, 1 7£hp motor. Totals. 468 493 28 136 90 19 lOo.p. lamps, 1 Hop lamp. 45 irons, 9 radiators, 15 kettles, 3hp motor, 2 shp motorß 1 6Jhp, 1 7&hp motor. There is no reason why the scheme canno extend v<sry muoh more, and in tho near future tbe new post office, butter factory and other buildings in course of coNstruotion will be connected. The Borongh Council's instal* raent scheme will probably be made use of by the smaller consumers, so that in a few years the Borouph'B electric lighting scheme wi'l be in a sound financial position.

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AKAROA ELECTRIC LIGHTS CHEME., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4408, 30 June 1914

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AKAROA ELECTRIC LIGHTS CHEME. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4408, 30 June 1914

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