How solar panels work (and are they viable)

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Here at Ecotricity, we’re excited about the possibilities for solar as a renewable energy source to help power New Zealand. That’s why we offer the country’s leading price plans for those who are already on-board with solar. If you’re interested in solar, it’s good to understand exactly how your panels work, and whether solar is […]

Energy Minister Woods Saves Consumers $45m. Another $450m is on the way.

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On the 3rd of October 2019, the government announced changes rising from the Energy Minister’s recent Electricity Price Review (EPR).  20 of the review’s recommendations have been adopted by the Minister and will be rolled out over the next two to twelve months. The reforms require the bigger power companies (called the “gentailers” – they […]

Tourism can be sustainable – Shotover Jet commits to first 100% electric jet boat.

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As part of an exciting initiative, Ngāi Tahu Tourism has been awarded $200,000 to convert one of their petrol-powered boat to run on electricity. This makes their company Shotover Jet the first tourism company in the world to operate a fully-electric jet boat. Shotover Jet run heart-pounding jet-boat adventures on the Kimiākau (Shotover River) in […]

Independent retailers on EA Reforms

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Independent retailers Ecotricity, energyclubnz, Flick Electric Co., Pulse Energy, Vocus (who also retail power through Slingshot and Orcon), and Electric Kiwi cautiously welcome the Government’s decisions for boosting competition in the electricity sector. These independent electricity retailers have taken the call to collaborate and have already met to discuss how to assist the Electricity Authority […]

Where will electric vehicles go next?

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Every day, more New Zealanders are taking advantage of the cost-savings and eco-benefits of driving an electric vehicle. There’s already a growing range of EVs on the market, including SUVs and vans, and vehicles for all price brackets with ranges up to 1000+ kms.  Falling prices, government incentives, and exciting technological developments in the EV […]