“We are focused on building public homes that are warm, efficient, and accessible in well-connected areas close to transport and shops and amenities. These homes have been built to a high 8 Homestar rating,” said Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Housing.
The New Zealand Government’s ongoing mission to encourage renewable energy has recently brought about the opening of 20 new public homes in Christchurch, according to an article written by The Mirage. These homes are designed to be highly efficient and are powered by solar energy collected on their roofs.
Constructed by Kāinga Ora, the houses are the first high-density Full Universal Design complex built in Christchurch and are set to make a valuable contribution to the city’s housing market.
The solar system installed on the properties is made up of a 34.425 kWp solar array consisting of 85 solar photovoltaic panels. The innovative Allume SolShare technology will facilitate power-sharing among the houses, where it is used in New Zealand for the very first time.
Kāinga Ora, a government-backed organization, has been using its Multi-Public Housing Renewable Energy Fund to deliver these homes to the Christchurch area. Additionally, government-backed renewable energy programs aim to encourage distributed energy solutions in public housing. The ultimate goal is to reduce energy costs, promote customer health and well-being, and improve knowledge of the costs, benefits, barriers, and design options for renewable energy solutions in public housing.
The system’s solar installation provides electricity to 20 apartments and common areas in the building. Tenants in the new homes can expect to save an estimated $350-$400 per year on their power bills. Furthermore, the technology will not restrict customers in their choice of electricity retailer, nor will there be a need to sign up for additional billing services or platforms.
This project is part of Kāinga Ora’s ongoing renewable energy trials, which are being funded until mid-2024 through the Government’s ‘Māori and Public Housing Renewable Energy Fund.’ The organization is hoping these trials and innovations will continue to reduce energy costs, promote tenant well-being, and improve knowledge of the benefits of renewable energy solutions on public housing.
Kāinga Ora has also done its due diligence on the polysilicon supply chain of the panels used to ensure that projects use the most ethically-sourced, eco-friendly panels available. REC Alpha Pure panels are being used in this installation. They are among the few lead-free and RHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)-certified panels and are currently considered among the best in the market.
Solar Trends in New England: Improving Life Quality
Solar power improving people’s lives is not only happening in New Zealand. Solar energy in New England is on the rise, with many individuals seeking new ways to reduce their carbon footprint and rely less on fossil fuels. And with the availability of cheaper and more efficient solar panels, it’s no wonder that many are now opting for sustainable energy solutions to power their homes and offices.
Residential solar panels in New England have become a major trend. With rising energy costs, homeowners are looking to find ways to reduce their bills, and solar panels provide a solution. Solar panels are an excellent investment for homeowners, as they can lead to lower energy costs and increased home value. Additionally, solar panels require little maintenance and can last for many years, making them a wise long-term investment.
Another trend is the growing popularity of community solar farms. Community solar farms allow homeowners and businesses to purchase solar panels in a shared space, usually in a remote area like a field or a rooftop, and benefit from the energy produced. By sharing the cost of installation and upkeep, community solar farms offer a more affordable option for those who may not have the resources to install solar panels on their own property. They also provide a way for individuals and businesses to support renewable energy initiatives and reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources.
Overall, solar power is becoming more accessible and practical with each passing year, and as a result, more and more people in New England are switching to renewable energy sources. There are numerous benefits to using solar power, such as reducing carbon emissions, saving money on energy bills, and even increasing property value. With these trends, it is likely that we will see more solar-powered homes and businesses in the area over the coming years, contributing to a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.
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