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Solar Powered EV Charging Station in Tauranga - Press Release

Press Realease

New Zealand’s first on-road, solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charger - the ‘Electric Station’ - is now open to the public thanks to the collaborative and community-focused effort of local project partners.

Located on The Strand, Tauranga, the EV charger has two allocated car parks and draws energy from 18 solar panels. When insufficient solar-power is generated, the grid provides back-up power, with any excess solar power(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in Solar Power New Zealand

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Solar Roof Tiles: What’s available in New Zealand 2017?

Tesla’s solar roof tile concepts have been rather hyped in the solar industry in recent times. We can’t wait to see them in action, however, Tesla products always take some time to reach New Zealand, realistically it will be close to 2 years before they hit our shores. Who can wait that long? 

Solar roofing, or building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), are tried and true and have been around for years, and they are available (in limited quantities) on the New Zealand(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in New Solar Technology

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How To Get The Best Solar ROI With Power Genius

Power Genius, a smart appliance controller and monitoring system, is a brilliant kiwi innovation that helps to utilise roof top solar power that would otherwise be sent directly to the grid. 

A typical kiwi solar power system will produce most of its power during the 9am to 5pm bracket. For a lot of New Zealand households, a significant amount of solar power isn’t being used as the solar power is being generated.

Because most people are not at home to make use of solar power(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in New Solar Technology

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Tesla Powerwall 2 - Beneficial For New Zealanders?

On the 28th of October (in Universal Studios, Hollywood) a presentation took place with everyone’s favourite awkward billionaire Elon Musk, at the helm. The big reveal was that the Tesla Powerwall 2 was on its way to market.  Musk delivered the news in his casual and seemingly un-rehearsed style, and like always, the Tesla presentation received a lot of fan-fare and media hype.

The Powerwall 2 has many a mind-blowing spec that we think is worth getting excited about.  It was(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in Battery Storage For Solar

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Power Ledger – Putting Power Back into Solar Power Owners Hands

Power Ledger is a software platform that allows owners of renewable energy systems to decide who they want to sell their surplus energy to, and at a price that they, the consumer, decide on.   

New Zealanders will be able to set their own price for power and will be able to trade on a fair market platform, rather than being restricted to selling surplus renewable power to energy retailers (who at present don’t offer a reasonable buy-back price).

Australian firm, Power(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in New Solar Technology

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Sonnen Solar Battery Storage – Eco 8.2

The latest in residential solar power storage is from Sonnen, who have brought a 2kW expandable wall mounted unit to New Zealand shores.  For the style conscious they have them available in black silver and white colour options.

It said to be easy to install / plug and play, and is optimised for self-consumption – what every NZ solar power owner needs!  The smart battery management systems uses weather forecasting to help determine how much solar power will be produced during the(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in Battery Storage For Solar

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The Enphase AC Battery - Now Available In New Zealand

The widely anticipated Enphase AC Battery is now available in New Zealand! 

Over the next 12 months Enphase will be distributing 70,000 battery units in New Zealand and Australia.

The Enphase AC Battery is a small, modular battery in comparison to other units on the market, and it is set at an affordable price. You can start by installing one unit and adding more units as you go, or if you are unsure of how many/the size of battery storage you may need, you can cautiously add(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in Battery Storage For Solar

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The Number of Solar Power Systems in New Zealand

The amount of solar power systems installed in New Zealand is on the rise!

In August 2013 there were 1,279 solar power systems registered with New Zealand's Electricity Authority, and as of July 2016 there are 10,912 solar power systems installed.

In less than three years the amount of solar power systems in New Zealand has increased more than 8.5 times.

Below is a graph showing the total amount of solar power systems installed in New Zealand, month by(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in Solar Power New Zealand

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