20 December 2016 - Small scale solar passes 11,000 connections in New Zealand
New Zealand has recently passed the milestone of over 11,000 small scale solar connections, with over 2,000 installations in the last 10 months.
The total electricity generated by small scale solar connections has increased by 30% this year. The current capacity is around 40 megawatts of power, which is roughly equivalent to 13 wind turbines.
Carl Hansen, Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority says, “Small scale solar offers residential consumers another option for their electricity supply. We are committed to removing unwarranted barriers to the connection of small scale generation.”
“We are also working to encourage distributors and retailers to provide accurate price information for consumers that are in the initial stages of considering whether to adopt new technologies, such as electric vehicles, batteries, solar power and energy management apps. These technologies offer exciting opportunities for consumers and we are working to remove unwarranted barriers to innovation. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has also developed a tool to help consumers access whether solar could be right for their household (https://www.energywise.govt.nz/tools/solar-calculator/).”
“The Authority promotes competition in the electricity market, and believes all participants and technologies should be treated equally under the Code administered by the Authority. We are technology neutral but are working to reduce operational cost and barriers to new technologies entering the market.”
In January 2015 there were 4,796 small scale solar connections in New Zealand. These are installed on individual households. This rose to 11,117 in October 2016, which is a 132% increase in installed connections. Small-scale generation is generation that has a capacity of less than 10 kW.
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