Sonnen to pay Australian households with batteries to help stabilise the grid

Households in New Zealand will be hoping an initiative in Australia may become a reality here as grid-operators begin to understand the value distributed generation and storage can have in stabilising the grid and reducing peak demands. A limited trial is underway in New Zealand to understand this value at a commercial scale but the regulatory regime in Australia has progressed faster and is more open to the establishment of virtual power plants, aggregating smaller home batteries and distributed energy resources such as solar PV together to effectively act at grid-scale.

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The next generation of solar panels

Solar energy is poised for what could be its biggest transformation in over half a century.

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Worlds biggest PV farm being built in NT, Australia

The iconic Newcastle Waters Station in the Northern Territory — once owned by Kerry Packer — has been revealed as the proposed location for the world's largest solar farm.

Sun Cable has told ABC Rural that it requires 12,000 hectares of the station to build a 10-gigawatt solar farm that would supply energy to Singapore via a 4,500-kilometre undersea cable.

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Transpower Report highlights value of solar + storage

The latest report from Transpower highlights our homes and business will play an active role in the operation of the power system of the future by ensuring we extract the full value from the resources we use to generate electricity.

 

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Solar is the ‘new king’ says global power report

Solar has been declared "the new king" in the annual energy outlook report by the International Energy Agency. 

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Planning advances for New Zealand's largest solar farm

Hawke’s Bay Airport is advancing plans for a commercial solar farm on-Airport capable of producing up to 10 megawatts of electricity.

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Vector Powersmart delivers New Zealand’s largest Solar Array

Congrats to the Vector Powersmart teams on completing New Zealand’s largest solar project - the build of a 1MW floating solar installation on top of Watercare’s Rosedale wastewater treatment pond.

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Government announces $28m fund for solar and batteries

The Government has today announced a trial installation of renewable technology, such as solar panels and batteries, on public and Māori housing with a $28 million fund that will run over four years.

SEANZ has been advocating for such an initiative for some time and are in continuing discussion with MBIE and EECA over the roll-out of the fund.

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Emirates Team New Zealand Flexible Rooftop Solar

Nice work by SEANZ members Revolve Energy and Reid Technology with this first of its kind solar installation in New Zealand for Genesis Energy and Emirates Team New Zealand. 

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What the TPM decision means for solar and battery suppliers, installers, and users

The Electricity Authority released Guidelines on 10 June 2020 setting out requirements for Transpower to develop a new transmission pricing methodology (TPM).

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