New Zealand's cleanest and greenest power company
We are committed to making New Zealand's electricity grid 100% renewable by actively promoting the development of solar farms, wind farms and residential solar to replace reliance on fossil fuels and bring down the cost of electricity.
We ONLY source our energy from climate positive certified wind, hydro and solar. We don’t use fossil fuels or thermal energy, and we never will!
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. The more wind farms installed, the cheaper your power bills.
Currently, wind generates around 6% 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. Wind farms are an ethical and clean source of energy – our wind resource is infinitely renewable, and farming wind doesn’t produce harmful gases. New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world uniquely suited to utilising wind power on a large scale. Winds consistently whips across our country, providing us with productive wind farms that significantly outperform international averages. New Zealand currently has 17 wind farms (and counting) scattered across the countryside, supplying around 6% of our annual electricity generation – enough to power 300,000 homes. New wind farms are currently being developed to increase this output in the coming years, and it's estimated we could easily generate more than 40% of the power we need with wind. The more wind farms we build, the lower our energy bills will get, and we’ll be able to preserve our lifestyles and environment for generations to come.
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.
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 a viable option to help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. 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.
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 power is generated in a similar way to wind power, only instead of wind we use the energy of falling water. Water builds up a lot of pressure as it moves downhill. That’s why when you stand under a waterfall you can feel a huge amount of pressure against your body. A hydro plant forces falling water into a narrow pipe to increase the pressure, then uses that water to spin a turbine. The turbine powers a generator that produces power. Hydro can produce a huge amount of energy – often much more than can be effectively stored. Instead of trying to store more energy, producers of hydro build huge dams to control the flow of water. This way, they produce exactly the amount of power needed. This also means we can conserve water to power the hydro dams while we have a good supply of solar or wind power, and ramp up our hydro when wind/solar resources drop. New Zealand’s current hydro resources supply around 60% of our power needs, and is one of the cheapest and most efficient forms of generation.
Proud to be climate positive
Toitu help accurately measure your greenhouse gas emissions, and put in place strategies to manage, reduce, and offset your impacts.
They facilitate offsetting your remaining emissions through verified carbon credits to enhance biodiversity and sequester carbon dioxide in New Zealand, achieving a neutral balance. Compliance with the program is independently verified annually to maintain certification. This is a certification program that offers guidelines and processes for businesses and entities to become carbon neutral. Independent certification proves that a company or product is taking credible action for a better environment.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The lowdown on electricity
Currently, 65% of New Zealand's electricity sector is powered by clean, renewable energy that includes wind, hydro and solar generation.
Although we’re perceived as having a clean and diligent attitude towards protecting our natural Taonga (treasures). We could do a lot more to reduce our carbon footprint, especially in the electricity sector.
What can I do as a consumer?
If you’re concerned about the degradation of the environment and the continued releasing of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels, you have the power to make a difference.
Companies like ours are working hard to give consumers the option of using renewable energy. By supporting these clean and ethical energy sources, we enable the industry to continue to grow and invest in infrastructure, so future generations will be free of fossil fuels.
Our aim is to provide Kiwi families and Kiwi businesses with 100% renewable and sustainable power, as well as electrifying NZ’s vehicles.