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We're all about saving you energy and have rounded up the latest solar, climate and energy news so you don't have to.

We're all about saving you energy and have rounded up this week's solar, climate and energy news so you don't have to.

*Solar and batteries* NZ's renewable energy is at a tipping point and solar power is becoming more accessible and affordable, reports Stuff. This story includes comments from our CEO Andrew Booth who points out that you can now generate power locally from your roof and store it in a battery, for a price which is cheaper than buying it from the grid.

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Wellington's brand new fully-electric double-decker buses were launched outside Parliament on Thursday. Credit: Cameron Burnell/Stuff

We're all about saving you energy and have rounded up the latest solar, climate and energy news so you don't have to.

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A truckload of plastic waste enters our oceans every minute and that’s having a major environmental impact. So, what can you do about it?

Recycling is just a small part of the answer - only 9% of all plastics ever made have been recycled. Now the *Plastic Free July* campaign is encouraging people to be more aware of their plastic use and to choose to refuse single-use plastics like shopping bags, straws, takeaway containers and coffee cups.

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With new fuel taxes hitting drivers from this Sunday, we did some calculations on the costs of fuelling an electric car compared to a petrol car. The results are great news, especially if your home is powered by our solarZero energy service.

Powering an electric car with solarZero is more than 80% cheaper than fuelling a petrol car. With solarZero you can reduce your combined home and vehicle energy costs by around 50%. Plus, we’ve made it even easier for electric vehicle owners by adding a new feature to our solarZero app so they can schedule the best time for their car to recharge.

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We're all about saving you energy and have rounded up the latest solar, climate and energy news so you don't have to.

*Solar and batteries* A record of almost 19,000 rooftop solar PV systems were installed across Australia in May, reports the ABC. By 2020 renewable sources will provide one third of the country's electricity - almost doubling the renewables share compared to 2015. And the roll-out of large-scale solar power in Queensland – and the continuing rapid uptake of rooftop solar by homes and businesses – is starting to have an impact on electricity prices in the state, even sending them into negative territory in the middle of the day, reports Renew Economy.

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