New Zealand’s transition to renewable energy has received a boost, as German investment manager Aquila Capital is teaming with renewable asset developer Far North Solar Farm to start construction on a 1 GW portfolio of large-scale PV projects.
Two of Australia’s most prominent energy players, Fortescue Future Industries and oil giant Woodside Energy, have been included on a shortlist of potential development partners for a proposed 600MW green hydrogen production and export facility on New Zealand’s South Island.
Hive Energy, Ethical Power Group and Solar South West have set up a joint venture they hope will lead to 350 MW of utility scale installations in a country which does not suffer from grid congestion and which appears to have an energy transition-friendly administration.
Companies like Sunrun are implementing grid services using smart batteries to unlock benefits for residential end users and the grid at large. Recent research from New Zealand suggests that these benefits could be dramatic.
The latest set of clean energy statistics compiled by the International Renewable Energy Agency signal a changing of the guard when it comes to clean power, with legacy hydropower facilities overtaken by new intermittent renewables.
Researchers in New Zealand have developed a new methodology for solar park planning that considers clear-sky radiation for voltage stability analysis. It is based on two different generation profiles for separate purposes.
Solar modules are getting more powerful. This much was clear walking the show floor at the SNEC show earlier this month in Shanghai, where leading manufacturers all exhibited products with power ratings in the 600 W+ range. In this pv magazine Webinar, hosted in partnership with Trina Solar, we’ll take a closer look at the technologies inside Trina’s Vertex module, and why its impressive performance is about much more than simply making the module larger.
New Zealand researchers have proposed a way to assess the technical and economic feasibility of PV-powered parking machines. Solar might be an ideal solution, but the siting of the machines is critical and should be planned in advance, in line with available solar radiation and potential shading.
National utility Transpower said that solar could take a 9.3% share of the country’s generation mix by the middle of the century. However, real growth is only forecast to occur from 2035, with distributed generation expected to account for more than 80% of total installed PV.
Auckland’s electricity and water utilities will build New Zealand’s largest solar array on a wastewater treatment pond.
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