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Celebrating solar in NZ, climate-heating greenhouse gases at record levels

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

We’re going to be celebrating solar power and the start of summer on December 1 with a free 'Gig for Good' on Auckland’s waterfront.

Last night we were awarded a commendation in the Revolutionising Energy category of the NZI Sustainable Business Awards. The winners were emhTrade. It's awesome to be part of a community of New Zealand businesses doing their bit to create a clean energy future for Kiwis.

Construction of a "mega" solar farm to supply low-income households with power is being touted as a solution to energy poverty in Hawke's Bay, reports Stuff.

Unsubsidised solar and onshore wind are now the cheapest source of new bulk power in all major economies except Japan thanks to falling technology costs, reports Renewable Energy World.

Renewables and fossil fuels

Twenty U.S. coal-fired power plants have closed or are expected to close by year-end, reports Bloomberg.

A new report by 350 Aotearoa reveals Westpac is the biggest lender to clean tech companies while ANZ is the bank with the oiliest fingers, reports Stuff.

Wood fuel could dramatically reduce New Zealand's industrial emissions within five years, reports the NZ Herald.

Climate change

The main greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change have all reached record levels, reports the Guardian.

One hundred and fifty New Zealand academics have penned an open letter to the government demanding it take bold action in response to climate change, reports RNZ. And, The Spinoff looks at what bold action could actually look like in practice.

An estimated 125,600 homes and other buildings in NZ could be in the flood zone if seas rise from today’s levels to up to 1m higher, reports Newsroom.

Power prices

Timaru families are flocking to food banks as they're unable to manage electricity costs that have risen up to 15% over the past five years, reports Stuff.

Electric vehicles

MG has revealed its first ever electric car, reports Autocar.

Driven looks at what happens to old lithium ion batteries used in electric vehicles and finds one popular solution is to re-use them as power storage for domestic and commercial buildings.