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Solar experts shed light on solar power

 

 
Eric front(copy1)Over 120 people, some from as far away as Rotorua, crammed into the Kaiwaka Hall recently to hear three experts talk about solar energy. 

The aim of Northland’s first solar conference was to increase people’s knowledge of energy efficient measures, the smart use of solar energy in buildings, and the solar potential of New Zealand. 

The man responsible for the conference was Belgium-born Kaiwaka resident and main speaker Eric Jansseune.

An environmental scientist, engineer and solar missionary, Jansseune runs a solar installation business and formed RESONZ – Renewable Energy School of New Zealand.

Jansseune is urging New Zealand to wake up and start making the most of our abundant source of energy by creating a solar industry that could employ thousands and become a world leader.

Guest speaker Anthony Dowsett had worked in the UK’s Sustainable Energy Institute, and gave a global overview of the industry, showing how behind New Zealand is with solar investment. 

In comparison, Germany generates nearly half of its energy needs from solar, China is investing $738 billion in renewable energy, the USA $230 billion. 

“It’s better to use one kilowatt of energy less per day then generate it,” Dowsett told the conference. 

Dowsett also spoke about how to become a more energy efficient household.

“You’ve got a potential gold mine on your roofs,” said third speaker Jeroen Brand, an expert in photovoltaic systems. 

Susan Matheson from Mangawhai says: “The conference was very well organised and covered all aspects of solar energy, from the philosophical and environmental arguments through to the financial and practical considerations.”

■ The next renewable energy course in Kaiwaka is October 19 & 26 with more planned for next year. Email resonzschool@gmail.com for information.

 
 
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