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SEANZ Commends Government Funding For Māori Housing Solar Power Initiative


Auckland, 26 May 2021 – The Sustainable
Energy Association NZ (SEANZ) welcomes the announcement
today of the $2.8m funding for selected projects to trial
distributed renewable energy solutions on Māori housing by
Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Energy and Resources and
Minister of Housing; and Hon Peeni Henare, Associate
Minister of Māori Housing.

SEANZ Chair Brendan
Winitana says: “it is great to see the potential of solar,
batteries, and energy-sharing technologies being realised to
help reduce energy hardship and provide sustainable energy
solutions.

We commend the Ministers for funding these
trials which will have a real impact on communities in
hardship but also provide a blueprint for how all New
Zealanders can enjoy low-cost renewable
energy”.

Projects such as a community micro-grid,
which includes solar and battery storage system distributing
energy to whānau homes on the papakāinga and peer to peer
energy sharing to homes further afield have received funding
and will be implemented in collaboration with many SEANZ
group members.

The $2.8m in funding is the first round
in a total of around $14 million for renewable energy
projects for Māori housing over the next four years. SEANZ
expects its members will play a central role in projects
funded in the remainder of the Initiative plus the
approximately $14 million that has also been committed to
funding renewable energy projects on public
housing.

“Solar, batteries, and energy-sharing
platforms will play a key role in powering our homes and our
businesses into the future and SEANZ looks forward to
working alongside the government and housing providers to
help hasten the transition to our sustainable energy
future,” says Mr
Winitana.

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