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Solar growth creates jobs for Kiwis, 2018 was NZ’s second-equal hottest year on record

Welcome to our first new digest of the year. Every week we round up the latest solar, climate and energy news so you’ve got all the top stories in one place. Enjoy!

Solar and batteries

Our CEO, Andrew Booth, talks to the NZ Herald about how the rapidly growing number of Kiwis joining our solarZero energy service is creating more jobs in the solar industry.

It’s no coincidence that solarcity is based in Nelson. Once again the region has topped the ranks for the most sunshine hours, says Niwa. And, according to Electricity Authority data, Nelson also has the highest proportion of homes in NZ with solar panels,

Meanwhile, solar power production in the Netherlands increased by 50% last year, reports CleanTechnica.

Renewables and fossil fuels

This year promises to be an exciting year for clean tech. Forbes highlights six renewable energy trends to watch in 2019. And, this selection of TED Talks covers some of the most fascinating and promising energy topics for the year.

Accelerating the transition to clean energy could add 24 million jobs globally by 2030, reports Nexus Media.

Renewable energy muscled out coal to become Germany’s biggest source of electricity for the first time last year, helped by a surge in solar panel installations and coal-plant closures, reports Bloomberg.

Climate change

NIWA says 2018 was NZ’s second-equal hottest year on record. In an alarming trend, four of the last six years have been our hottest in more than a century, reports Newshub.

Global warming has heated the oceans by the equivalent of one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years, reports the Guardian. And NZ scientists are warning that increasing sea temperatures - fueled by climate change - could have "catastrophic" impacts on our marine life, reports the NZ Herald.

Climate scientist James Renwick warns sea-level rise will inundate heavily populated areas around New Zealand's coast if the world doesn't deal with global warming, reports the NZ Herald.

Electric vehicles

CNBC looks at some of the more intriguing transportation technology found at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in the US this week. And, Dezeen takes a close look at Hyundai's concept vehicle that is designed to drive, walk and climb.

More than 1.7 million EVs were sold globally in 2018 - up 40% on the previous year, reports 24/7 WallSt. And, 2018 could well go down in history as “the year of the electric vehicle,” reports InsideEVs.