How does it work?
Solar is the ultimate alchemy, using a free resource to create valuable electricity. Over the next 50 years solar will be the fastest-growing alternative source of electricity generation.
The solar cell is the basis of a solar system – a number of cells forms a module which are linked together to form a solar “array” to produce electricity.Solar arrays are connected to an Inverter which allows the current to be used within the building and connection to the grid.
Solar uses no moving parts and is super reliable with guaranteed performance of 25 years plus - if sourced from well known brands and suppliers
What can solar do in New Zealand?
Solar can support New Zealand’s energy security and supply through distributed generation (DG) where electricity is produced and consumed at the point of generation. It's a logical solution for urban homes, schools, airports, hospitals, car parks, public buildings and warehouses that require a reliable electricity source. It negates the need to transport huge amounts of electricity across expensive tax payer funded infrastructure. Then there is the contribution to the local economy with industry and product development, expansion of our exisiting export market, increase in full time employees (FTE's) and local manufacturing of high quality offerings.
Lessons from abroad...
- Solar is a disruptive technology – solar generation challenges the current business model of generation and distribution. It has changed the electricity markets in Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and now Australia is in the process of signiciant change. At September end 2013, 1.1 million homes had installed solar in Australia. with 330,000 being installed in 2012
- Incentives were the mechanism used for market development as developing an efficient broad solar market takes years
- Grid system components have been neglected in New Zealand which results in continued investment in the old concept of moving electricity around a country given the model of centralised generation. This results in losses of up to 20%. How illogical is that? No losses occur with solar.
- A new market architecture is needed which other countries have instigated. They understand the concept of generating at point of use, minimal transmission costs and paying for excess generation that other consumers can use. Solar is the centre of this activity globally
- The attempts of incumbent powers to delay system transformation results in economic disadvantages. Germany's development locally has provided a huge export market of hardware, software and intellectual property. At peak 300,000 were employed in the industry. Contribution to GDP is significant!
- Manufacturing of standard solar components is a small part of a larger emerging industry. Inverters, application and monitoring software, mounting frames, storage systems, domestic and commercial building energy management systems, smart meters, LCD displays for visibility, finance and intellectual property.