On Campbell Live tonight there was a story about solar water heating. What a great idea, hot water can contribute as much as 40% to your power bill. The sun is an abundant, free, non-polluting resource. If every home in NZ had solar we would save 400MW of power generation per year which equals one power plant! In fact enough power to drive Auckland for 1 whole year. Quite staggering really.
In Australia homeowners are encouraged to install solar to the tune of a $1500 hand out from the government. An average install is around $5000 so this equals a 30% contribution.
On the other hand the NZ government contributes $300 or a measly 6%. No wonder we are behind the Aussies for solar installations. Campbell Live featured an interview with Miss Fiztsimmons of the Greenies. Miss Fitsimmons stated that the government would not be matching the Australians in subsidy because the government does not want to create a 'boom and bust' solar installation industry that would result in botched and shoddy workmanship.
Lets see if I got that -
The government does not want to encourage or offer any incentive to be power efficient and environmentally friendly. Nor do they want to create new jobs to service the sales, distribution and installation of solar technology.
Righto off to burn another light bulb and crank up the Hot Tub!
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Comment by juha, on 25-Apr-2006 09:16
The problem is... it takes energy and resources to make the solar panels. I'm not sure how environmentally friendly the materials in them are either. Does Fitzy still pollute the Coromandel with her old dunga of car btw?
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