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France goes big on solar, Kiwis say power prices too high

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

The French government has approved bids for 103 solar power projects which could provide power for around 100,000 homes annually, reports Reuters.

Stuff looks at what makes a home solar suitable - starting with the roof - and finishes with the cost benefits, highlighting that our solarZero energy service estimates 20-year savings of about $17,000.

Renew Economy estimates that the big Tesla battery in South Australia battery saved A$5.7 million in its second quarter of operation.

US researchers say that vast areas of land used for solar farms could provide an ideal location for plants that attract pollinating insects like bees and butterflies, reports Newswise.

Renewables and fossil fuels

The world has reached the landmark figure of 1 terawatt of installed wind and solar PV generating capacity, reports Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It estimates the second terawatt of wind and solar will arrive by mid-2023 and cost 46% less than the first.

Mexico’s president-elect says he will end fracking, the oil and gas extraction method that has just begun to take root in areas of the country’s north, reports AP.

Climate change

Last year was one of the hottest in recorded history according to a new study released the American Meteorological Society. The study also reveals that carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, all rose to record high amounts in our atmosphere during 2017, reports CNN.

Scientists say climate change is linked to the continuing wildfires raging across parts of California this summer, reports the Guardian. And climate change experts say while the wildfires so far haven't afflicted us so badly, we're likely to see more extreme weather events as climate change continues, reports Newshub. Meanwhile, Auckland lines company Vector forecasts climate change will increase the risk of power outages from high winds, floods and dry winters, but it may take over 1000 years to underground all it lines based on its current speed, reports Stuff.

Researchers believe we could soon cross a threshold leading to boiling hot temperatures and towering seas in the centuries to come. Even if countries succeed in meeting their CO2 targets, we could still lurch on to this "irreversible pathway", reports the BBC.

One of the world’s largest banks says the planet is running out of resources and warns that neither governments nor companies are prepared for climate change, reports Business Insider.

Power prices

We recently hit the streets in Auckland to find out what Kiwis think about New Zealand’s power prices. Check out the video. Spoiler alert: Most thought they were paying too much and wanted a fairer deal. That matched the findings of a new survey that revealing more than 90% of Kiwis believe the price of electricity is too high and over half feel they are getting an unfair deal from their retailer.

The Government’s part-ownership of three of the country’s biggest electricity generators makes it a major beneficiary of the over-pricing in the retailer power market, reports Newsroom.

Electric vehicles

The EV World expo is on at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland and solarcity is there. Call in and see us on Saturday, Aug 11. Entry is free and you could be a winner. Here's all the info.

Close to 50% of Kiwis would consider buying an electric vehicle over the next two years, according to a new survey, reports Stuff.

The Tesla Model 3 is officially one of the top ten best selling passenger cars in America. It was also the best-selling car from an American manufacturer in July, reports The Drive. Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is seeking relief from the pressures of running a publicly held company with a $72 billion buyout, reports the NZ Herald.