South Auckland: The Growth of Solar Technology

Low electricity bills, better electricity flow, and cleaner environment are currently the goal Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is looking into. To meet these goals, Mayor Phil Goff is teaming up with Vector and Entrust to take energy efficient solutions, including solar and battery technology, into the homes and schools of south Auckland suburbs Papakura and Takanini. Launched last March 13, Edmund Hillary School in Papakura with a solar-powered robot race, the Energy Efficient Communities Project, a partnership between Entrust, Auckland Council and Vector, will deliver free hot water heat control units, up to 15,000 LED lightbulbs, and energy advice to homeowners in Papakura and Takanini. Twelve local organisations, including schools and community facilities, will also receive a energy storage technology that stores the sun’s energy and delivers clean, reliable electricity when the sun isn’t shining. The provision of energy efficient technology will be complemented by an education programme in local schools which promotes simple actions that families can take to reduce energy bills. The Energy Efficient Communities Project is being run as a trial and it forms part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between the organisations to promote sustainable and renewable energy in Auckland including solar and battery technology. “EECP can make a real and practical difference for Aucklanders as the city builds a more sustainable energy network. Energy efficiency is good for the community and good for our city. It means more affordable electricity bills, healthier homes and less impact on our environment,” Auckland’s Mayor Phil Goff said. “We need to make our housing stock more efficient and healthier and it’s partnerships like this that seriously boost...

New Zealand As A Global Leader in Renewables

With strong and lofty ambitions and robust policies, NZ has been a global renewable energy and energy efficiency leader for some time now. A new report from the International Energy Agency highlights the many ways in which New Zealand is already a leader, as well as the next steps it needs to take in its heat and transport sectors. The last time the International Energy Agency (IEA) last presented an in-depth review of New Zealand’s energy policies was 6 years ago, and the country has seen “rapid changes” in that time. A series of policy reforms and legislation has “contributed to a more reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy system in New Zealand.” Most impressively, the share of renewable energy in the country’s power mix increased to 80.2% by the end of 2015, and the country is hoping to increase that to 90% by 2025. “Target achievement is likely to rely on a stable contribution with small additions from hydro generation… further expansion in geothermal generation; investment in generation from wind; and perhaps also a continued growth of the residential solar PV market.” “While the country’s renewable energy capacity is impressive, New Zealand’s growing energy needs have outpaced the improvements it made in energy efficiency. Nevertheless, New Zealand has set ambitious goals to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, and has introduced strong policies to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road,” stated in the report of International Energy Agency (IEA). New Zealand has exhibited an impressively rapid uptake of electric vehicles, with numbers increasing from around 1,000 at the end...