4 Mar 2024

Homegrown solar could be used to help nationwide energy shortages

From Nights, 10:18 pm on 4 March 2024

In the future, New Zealanders might all be contributing to the nation's energy security following the success of a pilot programme using 'virtual power plant' technology. 

The eight-month pilot, using 10,000 homes with solar and battery storage, showed that the technology can be used during peak demand periods over winter to plug the national grid supply.

It was led by the national energy centre Ara Ake and solar power and battery company SolarZero.

The chief executive of SolarZero Matt Ward joins Emile Donovan.

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