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How To Choose The Best Solar Battery Storage System

Good news! An array of solar batteries are now available in New Zealand, allowing customers freedom of choice; something that wasn't plausible only a few short years ago. By now I'm assuming you've heard of the Tesla Powerwall, a proven workhorse from Elon Musk's forward thinking company. But what other brands of solar batteries are worth your time and money? Which ones provide the best value, and which one will best suit your needs?

Each battery comes with specifications in the form(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in How it works

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The Difference Between Solar Hot Water & Solar Power

There are two main types of solar power systems available today. One is a solar power system that generates power whilst the other is a solar hot water system that generates hot water. 

While they both share the same concept, collecting energy from the sun, the two technologies are noticeably different.  A solar hot-water system functions by collecting the sun’s heat and transferring it into water or fluid for your hot-water requirements. Solar power systems, on the other hand, use(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in How it works

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Power Outages, Storms, Solar & Energy Independence

The recent autumn storm blasted winds and cold weather throughout New Zealand, ripping between both Islands, leaving many homes and families without electricity for days, many without power for weeks. A record-breaking summer swiftly blown away.

Many a council’s response to the power outages brought on from the storm was dire, but it caught us all off guard and there is a limit to the blame that can be laid on councils and on the Government's table. The argument(...)

By Ben McConnell

Posted on in Solar Power New Zealand

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Get To Know SEANZ (Solar & Battery Assoc.) & The Work They Do Behind The Scenes

SEANZ, the Sustainable Electricity Association New Zealand are the industry association for solar power, battery storage, and related technologies. SEANZ form the new energy era for manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, installers, engaged electricity retailers/ lines companies who understand the solar model as well as some every day solar and battery users.

They play the vital role in ensuring government and their agencies are working in the right direction for the solar power(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in New Zealand Solar Legislation

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WePower: The New Energy Kid on the Blockchain

WePower is just one in a growing number of energy platforms utilising blockchain technology.  Power Ledger is one of the more well-known companies that have entered the cryptocurrency space, achieving large investments and hype with the peer-to-peer trading platform. The different approach that WePower is taking enables green energy producers to raise capital by selling(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in International Solar

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Nissan Energy Solar: A New Branch For The Car Manufacturer

Car manufacturer Nissan recently launched Nissan Energy Solar; solar technology that bridges the gap between energy production and storage for solar powered, UK families. The all in one energy solution will significantly reduce carbon emissions for consumers game enough to take on the exciting new technology.

The price of the system comes in at a cool NZ$8000, not that you’ll be seeing the technology here anytime soon, but we think the price tag is pretty reasonable considering(...)

By Ben McConnell

Posted on in International Solar

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Solar Buddies - Trust Power’s New Solar Buy Back Scheme

New Zealanders have been getting short-changed when it comes to buy back rates for solar power. For the uninformed, a ‘buy back rate’ is the price paid by electricity retailers for excess solar power being exported to the grid (i.e. a solar power home generates energy but doesn’t use it or store it).  Most energy retailers pay per unit; 7 to 8 cents. This is for feeding electricity into the grid, a pretty lousy rate to be honest and salt in the wound when you’re(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in Solar Power New Zealand

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Power Ledger – How It Works And How The Solar Power Industry Could Benefit In A Big Way

The idea of peer-to-peer energy trading platform is not new; however, Power Ledger is the one peer-to-peer trading platform that is getting positive recognition worldwide. Power Ledger's unique difference is that it is utilizing blockchain technology for recording transactions, and making the most of the smart contract technology of Ethereum.

Confused? I won’t hold it against you. Over the last few months I have been spent day in and day out as I tried to make sense of this digital(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in New Solar Technology

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