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Low Line Charges Good for Solar Electric Users

New Zealand Photovoltaic Association

9 July 2004

Low Line Charges Good for Solar Electric Users

"The Minister's 30c/day fixed line charge proposal is great news for the solar electricity industry," said Dr Tony Bittar, chairman of the NZ Photovoltaic Association.

"We believe the Minster of Energy's proposal will be a welcome relief for low electricity users, and will also trigger increased demand for solar electric systems for those people wanting to live a more self sufficient lifestyle" said Dr Bittar.

Photovoltaic panels generate electricity directly from sunlight. When PV panels are installed on a house in a 'net-metered' connection arrangement the electricity generated when the sun is shining is stored in the grid for later use (at night!). Solar electric homes are usually very energy efficient homes because energy efficiency dramatically reduces the cost of the PV system needed to power the house.

Widespread public support for renewable energy was shown in the EECA survey published last week. "Sensible regulation which enables people to generate their own electricity from clean, free, environmentally and climate friendly energy sources will be supported by the vast majority of New Zealanders." said Dr Bittar.

"Solar electricity is one of the best options available for individual householders looking for a more self sufficient focus on life" concluded Dr Bittar.

ENDS


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