As a country, New Zealand can be proud of the fact most of our electricity is currently generated using Renewable Energy technology and sources. Hydro, Geothermal and Wind technology generate 70% of our electrical demand, with the remainder generated via fossile fuel methods (Coal, Oil and Gas).
While Hydropower Generation is the single largest form of electricity generation in New Zealand (accounting for approximately 53% of all electricity generated in 2013), as a nation we still rely heavily on fossil fuels for supplementary generation. Geothermal has grown considerably over the past decade (accounting for approximately 13% of electricity generated in 2013) as a method for electricity generation, but it still follows behind Gas and Coal in terms of MW generated annually.
Solar Energy power generation is still very much in its infancy in New Zealand and the technology has been slow to be embraced by Electricity Generators, as well as New Zealand's Central Government. According to EECA (May 2001), Solar Thermal Power Plants (as seen in many parts of Europe, Africa and the US) were considered economically unviable, due to variation in solar radiation across the country.
While Solar Thermal Power Plants may not be viable, massive leaps in the Solar Photo-voltaic panel technology has made Solar Energy a real contender in the Domestic and Commercial sectors.
Solar PV has become a hot topic in New Zealand over the past 5 years, due in part to the continued decline in costs associated with PV technology, the continued rise in retail electricity prices and a significant increase in the number of companies that have arisen to service the potential market demand for Solar power.
Public awareness has grown significantly over the past few years, creating a desire in the market to invest in PV technology. Generally speaking, public interest falls into one or more categories:
- A desire to invest money in something tangible, like the family home or the company office, effectively adding value to the property;
- A desire to gain a level of independance from the Energy Retail sectors, either due to continuing price rises or just to gain a sense of self-sufficiency;
- A desire to invest in Green Technology;
- A desire to generate additional revenue through the use of passive technology and by negotiating rebates with the various energy retailers for best market return;
- A desire to cut a companies ongoing running costs, in order to maximise potential profit margins over the next 25 years, etc
At Electrical Process Development, we are proud to be able to provide a free consultation service for our Commercial and Industrial clients, working in conjunction wih our Solar Partners - Symtech Solar and YHI Power NZ. By working with true experts in the field of Renewable Energy, we are able to offer a quality, dedicated Solar PV solution to our clients, for their respective business locations and include technical support, installation and end commissioning coverage.
We work closely with the local Lines Authorities and can facilitate Independant Electrical Inspections for our installations.
All PV work is carried out in accordance with AS/NZS 3000:2007, AS/NZS 5033:2012 and AS/NZS 4509.1:2009. All work is executed with safety in mind at all times - the safety of our staff and our clients is paramount.