To provide Kiwis and Kiwi businesses with 100% Pure Renewable power, and to electrify New Zealand’s vehicle fleet.
With your help we can also switch away from the use of gas in the home and office.
Ecotricity is New Zealand’s only provider of 100% Renewable and carboNZero Certified electricity. We source our renewable carboNZero Certified electricity from the Monowai, Roaring Meg, Teviot hydro dams and the Flat Hill Wind Farm.
We are also the leader in supporting solar by purchasing solar generated electricity from a growing number of our solar customers. Ecotricity is currently working to achieve carboNZero product certification for electricity generated by solar panels.
By supporting Ecotricity you are supporting the development of new renewable generation projects. By using these sources the New Zealand economy can grow without costing the earth.
It’s renewable, requires no fuel, and cheaper than any other form of new energy generation. That’s why wind is the fastest growing means of electricity generation in the world.
Longer term, the more wind farms that are installed in New Zealand, the cheaper your power bills will get.
Currently, wind generates around 5% of the total electricity in New Zealand. It’s recognised that in most countries, around 30-40% of total generation can be provided by wind. In New Zealand, because we are blessed with hydro resources, we can likely achieve even higher rates of wind generation. On-site battery storage will mean that this figure could be even higher.
Wind generation captures the energy of the wind as it passes through the wind turbine blades. Each individual wind farm operates around 90% of the time, day and night. When you consider that there are wind farms spread all across New Zealand, chances are there is always a wind farm operating at any one point in time. Each wind turbine can supply enough power for around 1,500 households or about 4,000 electric vehicles over a whole year.
Ecotricity electricity is supplied by carboNZero Certified hydro and wind generation. To help support the development of new wind farms we have contracted the supply from a recently built wind farm which has been recently carboNZero Certified.
New Zealand is blessed with great hydro resources. Hydro can be viewed as one big battery and has the ability to be ramped up or down depending on the net electricity demand of the country.
When the wind is blowing or the sun is shining, we conserve water in our hydro dams for use later, alternately when wind or solar output drops then hydro generation can be ramped up.
It is important that wind power is developed to support
hydro generation as over time, there will be longer dry periods in various parts of New Zealand.
Our first hydro dam in New Zealand was constructed in 1903 – over time many more have been built and they’ve served New Zealand well by supplying renewable and low emission generation.
Hydro generation currently supplies around 60% of
New Zealand’s electricity demand and is one of the cheapest and most efficient forms of generation available.
Solar is fast becoming another option to complement consuming power off the traditional grid. Solar also offers long term electricity price stability for the consumer and keeps traditional electricity suppliers honest.
If you have a solar system already installed, we’d like to have you on board as an Ecotricity customer. That way your electricity can truly be 100% Renewable.
Check out our ecoSAVER and lowSOLAR Price Plans to see what suits you and your family or your business.
We have also recently launched ecoSPOT which links you to our carboNZero Certified wholesale electricity market prices!
We also have an easy solar meter guide that can be downloaded here.
The proof is in the pudding. Ecotricity is the only electricity provider that uses only plug in electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).
For more info on our electric vehicles click here.
We made sure our vehicle fleet embodies the same philosophy that our company does. That’s why in 2014 we moved 100% of our fleet to plug-in electric vehicles, but it wasn’t a hard decision to make.
If you bought electricity like you do petrol, it would only cost $0.30 per litre to fill our cars up.
It’s estimated we’d save $370 million every year on health costs, just by cleaning our air with the help of electric vehicles. Not a bad result – it costs us less, to keep New Zealand cleaner.
So what can you do?
Firstly, purchase an EV (electric vehicle). You’ll save money and you can just “refuel” at home – no lines waiting for petrol at the station.
Looking at the bigger picture, if 50% of vehicles in New Zealand were EV’s, the country would save about $2 billion in fuel costs annually.