Solar to power millions in Africa, most Kiwis want cleaner, greener power

We're all about saving you energy and have rounded up the latest solar, climate and energy news so you don't have to.

 December 14, 2018

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Solar and batteries

An initiative in Africa aims to develop and provide 10 GW of solar energy by 2025 and supply 250 million people with green electricity. At least 90 million people will be connected to electricity for the first time, lifting them out of energy poverty, reports Africa News.

The first airport in the US to switch to 100% solar power is expected to come online by the end of next month, reports Bloomberg.

Clothing embedded with tiny solar cells the size of a flea can allow wearers to generate electricity on the move and charge items like mobile phones and smartwatches, reports New Electronics.

Renewables and fossil fuels

The results of our sustainability survey (above) reveal 83% of Kiwis would like to see NZ move towards a cleaner and greener power supply with 65% agreeing that solar energy is the solution for this.

More than 400 pension funds and insurance companies, with over $32 trillion in assets, have called on governments to phase out coal-fired power plants and put a meaningful price on carbon to help tackle climate change, reports the Washington Post.

Climate change

Humanity has wound back the climate clock 50 million years in just a couple of centuries, reports phys.org.

The UN climate talks in Poland will finish tomorrow. The New York Times reports that three years after nearly 200 countries signed the landmark climate agreement in Paris, they are still far off-track from preventing severe global warming in the decades ahead. The Guardian reports that a number of countries, including New Zealand, have pledged to toughen their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable the world to stay within a 1.5C rise in global warming.

Meanwhile, on a per capita basis, New Zealand is the 21st biggest contributor to climate change in the world, reports Stuff.

Power prices

The Electricity Authority plans to set a cap on any increases in customer costs resulting from proposed changes to the way almost $1 billion of annual transmission costs are shared around the country, reports Sharechat.

Electric vehicles

The Chinese city of Shenzhen has the world's first fully electric bus fleet - a total of 16,000 vehicles - and soon all 13,000 taxis will be electric too, reports the Guardian.

Daimler will buy battery cells worth more than 20 billion euros by 2030 as it readies mass production of hybrid and electric vehicles, reports Reuters.