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Solar Panels on Opportunity, The Mars Rover - Lasting Longer Than Expected

Mars rover Opportunity, the little engine that could, has surpassed its original mission (which was 3 Earth months!) and is continuing its rovering to this day, a mere 12 years and 9 months past its used by date. 

Opportunity’s identical twin, Spirit, touched down on the other side of Mars two weeks prior, but six years into its mission Spirit stopped all communications with Earth.

What Mountains had to be fracked, ground drilled, or oceans pillaged to fuel the Rover to keep(...)

By Ben McConnell

Posted on in Solar Technology

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Benefits of Grid Connect Solar Power System in NZ

Reduce or eliminate your energy bill

Depending on which solar power system size you install, you will see your power bill reduced, if not eliminated, straight away.

Protect yourself from the rising cost of power

Installing a grid-connected solar power system means protecting yourself from the rising rates of the retail electricity market. As well as using your own power, you will be exporting power to the grid. Your system will be earning credits that help pay for(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in Solar Power New Zealand

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Power Price Increases Are A Good Reason To Go Solar

Ever increasing power bills are pushing many New Zealanders to re-think how they want to use electricity, and who they want to pay for it. Like a Trojan horse at the gate, Solar Power is quickly proving itself to be the better alternative. The last thing the New Zealand population needs is yet another power price hike. True to form, lines companies around New Zealand reviewed their prices on the 1st of April, 2017, and now many New Zealand homes are going to see a significant increase in(...)

By Kristy Hoare

Posted on in New Zealand Solar Legislation

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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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