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Solar power shines during Aussie heatwave, climate change influencing extreme weather

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

Solar power was vital to keeping the grid going during the Australian heatwave, reports CleanTechnica.

Two new massive solar and battery storage projects have been proposed for South Australia, reports Renew Economy.

Germany added almost 3 gigawatts of new solar power generation in 2018, about 68 percent more than the previous year, reports the NZ Herald.

Renewables and fossil fuels

Corporations in 21 countries bought a record amount of clean energy in 2018, shattering the previous record set in 2017, reports BloombergNEF.

National Geographic provides an overview of renewable energies being used around the world.

Climate change

Climate change is influencing extreme weather around the world, reports the New York Times.

New temperature records have been set in just the last few weeks, reports Stuff. Australia recorded it’s hottest month ever, numerous parts of NZ recorded new highs, and the mid-west region of the US was hit by record lows.

The Science Media Centre provides commentary on the impacts of last week's heatwave in NZ, the impacts of rising temperatures, and the links to climate change.

After 30 years of climate change discussion, planning, and action, the use of fossil fuels to generate energy is still on the increase in New Zealand, reports Stuff.

Up to $14 billion worth of council-owned assets across New Zealand - not to mention the costs to central government and private interests - are at risk from sea level rise, according to the first report linking council infrastructure and climate data, reports RNZ.

Electric vehicles

NZ's electric vehicle charging network is now extensive enough to drive an EV around most of the country without drama, reports Stuff.

Australia is lagging behind other countries with the uptake of EVs, reports the Guardian.

The Hyundai Kona EV has won the title of Electric Vehicle of the Year in NZ by EVTalk.