The Minister of Energy and Resources Hon. Megan Wood has just announced the social housing trial fund, implementing PV, storage and seeking innovative use of digitalisation to make better use of generated energy and all excess generation, now open for expressions of interest and proposals for projects. Please see the Beehive website here for the announcement details.
The opportunity to participate is open to anyone to establish a project to make this happen – whether you're in the industry, a group of consumers, a whanau, an iwi or a social retailer, or a community energy advocate, expressions of interest are being sought now. Check out all the detail on MBIE site here – how to action
This means as a member, if you are a supplier, installer, consultant, EDB, retailer and or the provider of a digital platform, the opportunity to work collaboratively with others to provide end to end solutions is there, working with an end project, like via consumers or group of consumers for a group of social houses – in either urban or regional areas, a Marae and kaumatua housing, a microgrid development, a school who wants PV and can share its excess with social housing, an investor who wants to explore the share private/public opportunity and or community energy projects. There are no boundaries on ideas and concepts here and innovative solutions are encouraged and sought. A key to the trials for government is a clear and concise understanding of the benefits – direct and indirect savings, improved health outcomes and more efficient alternatives to current energy supply. Commissioning solutions is what they seek.