Press Release For Immediate Use
Government agency requested SEANZ expert analysis
Auckland, 30 April 2019 - The Sustainable Energy Association NZ (SEANZ) responded to a TVNZ news story last night implying the organisation had lobbied intensively to have EECA’s tax-payer funded solar calculator taken down.
SEANZ Chair Brendan Winitana says: “SEANZ was approached by EECA in 2016, before the online calculator was launched, to provide expert analysis and to endorse its use with the public.
“Since then, SEANZ has worked constructively with EECA to improve the calculator’s accuracy and functionality. In October 2018 EECA agreed to voluntarily take the calculator offline and to work with SEANZ to address a list of inadequacies identified, as requested, by our expert analysts.
“The full list hasn’t yet been remedied, and until then, SEANZ won’t support the calculator’s re-release to the public. However, we look forward to continuing to work constructively with EECA to ensure the calculator becomes a robust tool that can help kiwis make well-informed decisions about the costs and benefits of installing a solar energy system.
“Every household is different and no online tool used in isolation, including our own Solar Optimiser, can give a 100% accurate appraisal. SEANZ members are the most experienced renewable energy practitioners in the country and are best placed to offer up-to-date advice to consumers,” says Mr Winitana.
A record of engagement between EECA and SEANZ is provided to highlight SEANZ’s commitment to working with EECA to ensure its online calculator is fit-for-purpose.
In summarising Brendan Winitana said: “SEANZ is in favour of an EECA calculator, but not in its current format. We look forward to resolving the outstanding issues and continuing to work constructively with EECA to get to the point where SEANZ and independent solar industry experts can endorse this important consumer information tool.”
SEANZ Solar Optimiser can be found at https://www.seanz.org.nz/optimiser
For further information contact:
SEANZ Communications Manager
021 065 8460