wind-turbineKiwis tired of being caught in the pincer movement of rising power bills and increasing petrol prices recently received a glimpse of the secret to energy independence.

Showcasing the latest in electric vehicles, home generation using solar power and other smart, sustainable technologies, the first ever EnaSolar Smart Energy Expo revealed a wealth of information for those who dream of taking control of energy prices and their energy needs.

Sustainable Electricity Association of New Zealand (SEANZ) chairman Brendan Winitana says the time is right for New Zealanders to think about becoming more energy s

“With state asset sales on the horizon, who knows where power prices will end up? Home and business solar power solutions are increasingly affordable and the technology is improving all the time.

“By harnessing the free energy of the sun, Kiwis can generate much of the power needs for their own homes and sell any excess back to the grid. It’s a worthwhile long term investment that has a pay-back period of less than seven years and becomes profit-generating after that.

“Likewise, electric vehicles are set to become mainstream within the next five years. For city commuters and people with low to medium daily mileage, electric vehicles are considerably cheaper to run and maintain as well as being great for the environment.

In addition to home solar generation, the Wellington expo featured exhibitors from New Zealand, Germany and Australia showcasing:

  • New electric vehicles featuring the new Holden Volt
  • Solar systems and building integrated solar technology
  • Wind turbine and mini/micro hydro systems
  • Energy storage systems
  • Smart grid, energy efficiency and management
  • The latest finance model and options for consumers
  • Eco-housing and insulation.

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