New Zealand has a very progressive approach to energy efficiency and renewable energy. In fact, a recently announced multibillion-dollar proposal to build a pumped hydro storage plant could push the country closer than ever to reaching a 100% renewable energy target.
The charge towards 100% renewable energy
New Zealand currently generates around 80% of its electricity from renewable energy sources, and about half of that comes from hydro. However, forecasting has revealed that in future dry years, the country’s hydro infrastructure won’t be enough to meet demand. The proposed hydro plant storage aims to pump river or lake water into hydro dams when needed.
The country also has a plan to reach zero net carbon emissions by 2050, but experts suggest renewable energy generation would need to increase by around 70% in that time. With a goal of reaching 100% renewable energy by 2035, the hydro plan could help the country get there. However, there still needs to be considerable investment in wind and solar farms.
However, as community attitudes change, there are several ways to help reach these targets. From electric vehicles to virtual power plants, New Zealanders are certainly on the right track.
How can RCR help businesses go green?
RCR is at the forefront of the green revolution, and we maintain a strong focus on energy efficiency in everything we do. It’s part of our role to help homes and businesses across the country find more sustainable ways to live. Here are just some of the ways we can help.
We provide tailored solar energy solutions to businesses throughout New Zealand. By analysing your current energy consumption, we can determine the right type of solar energy system for your building. Combined with energy-efficient electrical, HVAC and refrigeration systems, you can transform the way you use electricity.
Best of all, you’re generating your energy from solar power. So, you’ll be saving plenty of money on electricity costs all while doing your bit for the planet.
All homes and businesses can become more energy-efficient. Whether it’s overhauling their lighting system with energy-efficient globes, to a complete building overhaul, RCR can help. We provide energy-efficient designs for buildings, including HVAC, refrigeration and electrical systems.
We also help businesses and building owners invest in building systems monitoring and asset management tools. These systems not only improve your energy efficiency and reduce consumption but allows for real-time monitoring of system performance.
Electric vehicle chargers
If you own an electric vehicle, you naturally need a high-quality charging solution at your home. Our nationwide network can provide EV charging stations for all types of vehicles. We even have universal options, meaning you won’t need to change if you purchase a different EV.
We also work with businesses to provide charging stations. This encourages your staff to upgrade to EVs and charge them while at work. In addition, it can be a drawcard for customers who may choose your business due to the convenience of an EV charging station right there on the premises.