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Saving the planet cheaper with solarZero

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

Saving the planet just got cheaper with the solarZero energy service, reports the NZ Herald.

The head of Vector says solar and batteries will help make the electricity network more resilient as power cuts increase due to the impacts of climate change, reports the NZ Herald.

California is planning to replace three ageing natural gas power plants in its network with stationary energy storage installations from Tesla, reports CleanTechnica.

Renewables and fossil fuels

Spain has launched an ambitious plan to switch its electricity system entirely to renewable sources by 2050 and completely decarbonise its economy soon after, reports the Guardian.

The global march towards clean energy still isn’t happening fast enough to avoid dangerous global warming, at least not unless governments put forceful new policy measures in place to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), reports the New York Times. The IEA forecasts renewable electricity will increase from 25% to 40% by 2040 in its World Energy Outlook 2018.

Top oil and gas companies jointly spent around 1 percent of their 2018 budgets on clean energy, but investments by Europe’s giants vastly outpaced their U.S. and Asian rivals, reports Reuters.

Climate change

Antarctica and Greenland's ice sheets may collapse even if global warming caused by humans is limited before it hits 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial revolution levels, reports Stuff.

While California’s climate has always been fire prone, the link between climate change and bigger fires is inextricable, reports the New York Times. California’s fire record dates back to 1932; of the 10 largest fires since then, nine have occurred since 2000, five since 2010 and two this year alone.

Victoria University's Professor Alan Brent, writing for Newsroom, assesses how well New Zealand is doing with the trinity of energy priorities necessary to tackle global warming.

Power prices

New Zealand needs to encourage investment in wind and solar power to reduce and stabilise electricity prices, reports Stuff.

Four power retailers have lodged a complaint with the Electricity Authority over the recent surge in wholesale prices, reports RNZ. And, a former Genesis executive says retailers should be held to account when their pricing models land customers with large bills, reports Stuff.

Electric vehicles

Volkswagen will offer a Tesla-rivalling electric car costing below 20,000 euros (NZ$34,000) and convert three of its factories into electric car plants as part of a far-reaching overhaul, reports Reuters.

David Linklater reviews the all electric BMW i3, in Stuff. And, a new electric moped ride-sharing service Kwikli has launched in Auckland, reports the NZ Herald.