Minister opens first-of-kind community-shared solar grid

SEANZ Media Release – 26 September 2019

Minister of Energy opens first-of-kind community-shared solar grid at Morningside Precinct

Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon. Megan Woods, today launched a community-shared solar grid at Morningside retail and hospitality precinct in Auckland.

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SEANZ Releases Solar Residential Case Studies Project

SEANZ analysed data from 21 residential solar power systems installed on New Zealand homes.

Real performance data from these solar power systems has shown in every scenario the return on investment figure (the lowest being 5.42% ROI) was higher than the current average bank interest rates of 2.5%.

Read more about the study and the individual case studies here. 

NZ's First Floating Solar Array

In a double first for New Zealand, SEANZ member Vector has announced New Zealand's floating solar array and first solar project over 1MW. 

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Arataki Honey go solar!

The largest solar pv system in Hawkes Bay opened recently, installed by SEANZ member Ecoefficient Solutions NZ on the roof of iconic NZ honey company Arataki Honey. 

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SEANZ 2019 - Call for Abstracts

SEANZ 2019 logo features the words SEANZ 2108 - Tomorrow's Energy Today and has a lightbulb-like line design for the logo.

SEANZ 2019 | Tomorrow’s Energy Today is New Zealand's leading Sustainable Energy Conference, bringing together key players from across sectors and around the world who can lead the drive toward a resilient and 100% renewable energy system for New Zealand. This is a must-attend event for SEANZ members and an opportunity for you and your business to shine on a national platform. 

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100% Renewable Energy- Can it be achieved?

This is a guest post by Energy analyst Molly Melhuish.

100% Renewable Energy -It’s a great aspirational goal for New Zealand. Can it be achieved?

The Interim Climate Change committee has concluded that the Government’s goal of 100% renewable electricity is too costly. Their model indicates that power prices would be driven up by 39%.

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Marsden Point Oil Refinery explores large-scale solar farm

Refining NZ, the owner and operator of the Marsden Point refinery is exploring the viability of a 26 MW solar farm to be potentially developed adjacent to the refinery to supply it with renewable electricity.

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How electric vehicles can help to slash rooftop solar payback

Combining rooftop PV with battery storage and an electric vehicle can more than halve the payback period for a home solar system, and fast-charge the transition to renewables, a new report has found. This could open doors to new opportunities and financing models for a comprehensive home electric set up here in New Zealand.

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Todd Generation takes stake in Sunergise NZ

Sunergise today announced that Todd Generation has taken a stake in Sunergise NZ to further increase the implementation of solar energy in New Zealand.

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All about the New Zealand Solar Schools Programme

Reprinted with permission of SEANZ member Power Technology

Every school could have a solar array on the roof. Schools are a long term investment in our communities, and solar on the roof of a school enhances this long term investment with impressive guarantees. A solar array produces energy during daylight hours, which is when electricity is needed most in schools. During daylights hours students are in school, which means that electricity is used to assist in educational activities. Long term, a solar array will definitely save a school money on their power expenditure. If a school is not financially able to purchase a large solar array in first instance, they can easily start small and add more solar panels over time. There is a solar solution available for every and any school in New Zealand.

An arial photo of Otonga School showing several buildings with solar panels on the roof.(See above, Otonga School with arrays on several roof areas - Genesis Energy School-gen/Power Technology)

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