UPDATE: Â A time-lapse movie of the installation shown in the photo has been added. Â There was criticism that the photo showed an inadequate setup. Â This is because the NZ Herald used a photo part-way through the install.
A response to the recent NZ Herald article..Â By David Keppel, MD , WhatPowerCrisis. 9/11/14
The article was titled
Solar costs handed on Â ByÂ Susan EdmundsÂ 5:00 AM Sunday Oct 19, 2014
Conventional homes pay for solar users
I thought I would take the time to look at this article in detail and offer a perspective from someone inside the small NZ Solar PV Industry.
(PV is where Solar Photovoltaic Modules make high grade energy i.e. electricity, NOT to be confused with solar hot water, low grade energy)
While I only see a small glimpse of the retail and lines companiesâ business model, I think that the media is just taking their Press Releases and reprinting them without really asking the hard questions.
My only goal is to facilitate a change in attitude within the industry, to point out a few of what I would have thought would be obvious home truths.Â I hope this strategy causes a change of heart and gets the conversation going.Â I am coming from a non-partisan approach, as I believe this will provide the largest support base.
I donât actually blame the energy retailers, or lines companies for the situation they are about to find themselves in.Â Always start at the top, and thatâs the government. The government sets the rules; they control the sandpit we all have to play in.Â And in my opinion they would have seen the trend of rapidly falling solar prices which has been well signalled.Â Call me suspicious, but this could be one of the reasons the power companies were sold off (well 49% anyway) in such an unusually fast time frame.Â Now they are in a bind: they have promised âblue chip returnsâ to the new shareholders, but also should have a responsibility to the taxpayers who paid for this infrastructure many times over, in 1970âs or 1980âs dollars.Â The Government has failed to protect the interests of us taxpayers, and in failing to come up with an adequate solar power buy-back scheme after many years and also failed their duty to our solar future Â Read more »