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Solar is bright option for Kiwis

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

New Zealand is doing well by world standards when it comes to solar energy, says our Chief Technology Officer in the NZ Herald. Our customers joined solarZero to save money on power and reduce their impact on the enviornment. Watch the video here:

Over in Australia there are now more than 2 million solar homes allowing more homeowners to save money on their energy bills, reports news.com.au.

All that solar is helping to keep the power system secure, reports Renew Economy.

Australia's solar boom looks set to power through 2019, reports Reuters.

And BloombergNEF predicts over 70,000 Australian households will install batteries this year.

The top 10 trends in the 2019 global solar market include a skyrocketing jump in the number of installations according to a new outlook by market analyst Wood Mackenzie, reports CleanTechnica.

Renewables and fossil fuels

Coal-fired generation from Genesis Energy’s Huntly operations was the highest in more than five years in the December quarter, as a combination of low hydro storage and plant outages were compounded by tight natural gas supplies, reports Newsroom.

The Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ) used that news to argue burning natural gas was a better option than burning coal to generate electricity. Greenpeace responded saying gas wasn't a reliable source of energy and that the government should be rapidly increasing the uptake of solar, reports interest.co.nz

Mercury Energy is about to sign a $75 million deal to revamp its ageing Karapiro power station as part of an overhaul of its Waikato River hydro system that will cost close to half a billion dollars, reports the NZ Herald.

Germany has announced a proposal to phase out its use of coal by 2038. Currently, Germany's coal plants produce the largest amount of carbon dioxide of any country in Europe, reports the NZ Herald.

BloombergNEF makes 10 predictions for 2019 about the global shift to a cleaner energy future.

Climate change

New Zealand needs to plan for increasingly hotter weather, with the threat of climate change likely to impact Kiwis' health, reports TVNZ.

Niwa scientists warn that the impacts of our warming seas will be serious, reports the Spinoff.

And, climate change presents multiple threats to the sustainability of our lakes, reports Stuff.

Climate change was high on the agenda at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, last week. Our PM Jacinda Ardern said climate change was the greatest threat to our wellbeing, reports the NZ Herald.

And, Sir David Attenborough urged political and business leaders from around the world to make a renewed push to tackle climate change before the damage was irreparable, reports the Guardian.

Electric vehicles

The NZ government is pumping another $11 million into co-funding electric vehicle projects around the country, reports RNZ.

Toyota and Panasonic have confirmed that they are starting a wide-ranging new battery joint-venture to manufacture and sell battery cells for electric vehicles, reports electrek.

Porsche is already having to double its production plan on the electric car it hasn’t even released yet, reports CNBC.

An electric flying car designed by Boeing has completed its first test flight, reports Bloomberg.