Posts tagged: New Zealand

Vector offers free solar + Tesla storage systems to NZ consumers

By Sophie Vorrath New Zealand’s solar plus storage market is set to get another kick start, with the announcement of a new initiative offering more than 100 free solar and battery storage systems to select NZ consumers, community groups and schools. The initiative, launched on Monday by NZ network operator Vector, offers free use of […]

Sprawl + Solar Power + EVs = Cities of the Future

Sprawl + Solar Power + EVs = Cities of the Future (via Environment News Service) AUCKLAND, New Zealand, July 31, 2013 (ENS) – While a compact city may be more efficient for gasoline-powered vehicles, a sprawling city is more efficient when electric vehicles are the means of transport and solar electricity is the main energy […]

Largest Southern Hemisphere Wind Farm Opens in Victoria

A joint venture between Australia’s AGL and New Zealand’s Meridian Energy has opened the southern hemisphere’s largest wind farm in Macarthur, Victoria. The AU$1 billion Macarthur Wind Farm has opened in Victoria three months ahead of schedule, giving our green energy capabilities a massive leg up. Able to generate up to 420 Megawatts of electricity […]

Better Wine

When Mike Benziger acquired an 85-acre vineyard on Sonoma Mountain in the 70’s, he used pesticides to kill insects, but discovered that the land — and the wine — was losing its “oomph.” Mike switched to biodynamic growing practices, and the land has come alive again. Mike says that now you can taste the soil […]

Tokelau Becomes the First 100 Percent Solar-Powered Nation

Tokelau, a tiny collection of atolls in the South Pacific, is now completely able to support itself with solar energy — the first nation in the world to do so. A one-megawatt solar panel array has been erected across the three atolls to provide its more than 1,400 residents with 150 percent of their electricity […]