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%.Read more
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.Read more
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.
(See above, Otonga School with arrays on several roof areas - Genesis Energy School-gen/Power Technology)Read more
Businesses around the country are rushing to generate their own electricityRead more
The cost of solar power systems has flat-lined in New Zealand after steadily reducing in price over the past five years.Read more
The largest solar energy system on a school in New Zealand was officially opened in a ceremony today at Kaitaia College. Te Tai Tokerau MP, Hon. Kelvin Davis, unveiled a plaque to acknowledge completion of the 368-panel project which is spread across the rooftop of multiple buildings on the school campus.Read more
Global petroleum giant Shell has announced it will take over German home battery company Sonnen, as part of its strategy of investing in renewable technologies.Read more
A new Marlborough programme to make finance accessible for solar technology could be reproduced around the country, Sustainable Energy Association of New Zealand chairman Brendan Winitana says.Read more
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Transpower solar report shows it is time for strong leadership on energy
Transpower’s latest report on the future of electricity has busted myths and paved the way for government and the electricity sector to work together to enable the important role solar and batteries can play in building a more resilient, clean, affordable, and reliable energy system.Read more