I'd really like to see some effort being made to get better uptake of home solar.
Many other OECD nations have subsidised that but for some reason NZ has not. We spend an inordinate amount of time using websites to save what generally amounts to the equivalent of a week's showing at Countdown off the annual electricity bill yet make no great effort to help people generate it for free from the sun...
NZ has excess electricity capacity, except at peak times. What we need more than solar is just some energy storage, or shifting usage away from peak times. Home generation makes sense during those peak times, otherwise its just good for saving on electricity bills isn't it?
As for subsidies, what would work is just reducing the barriers to adoption. For example, consent fees for a home solar installation are horrendous. Simplifying that process, perhaps allowing electricians to certify the install work instead of councils, would lower the cost considerably.
But then the councils will have to get the money someplace else I suppose.
It does not matter that we have companies which have excess capacity. We have to pay them vast sums of money for their product.
I'd rather they went broke and we all generated our own power.
Nice idea. Many households could generate some of their own power but they will have trouble generating their winter peak needs unless each makes a huge investment, maintenance required also (what about rentals??)
Those pesky city dwellers will have trouble doing this for their industrial and commercial needs though. Mebbe one day if every surface of every building is covered in yet to be invented magic power-generating paint.
Why are those wind turbines so ghastly? Would you rather have a coal mine and chimney?