30 May 2016

The Solar energy debate

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:15 pm on 30 May 2016

Back in March, Jesse spoke with the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, who was saying electric cars help combat climate change, but solar panels do little. She was backing a report by Concept Consulting, and it caused quite a lot of chatter.

We got a lot of texts and emails from fans of solar energy, criticising the report as narrow, simplistic and flawed.

It was the first of three reports by the company, and looked at the environmental impacts of solar. Reports on emissions and economic impact are due in the next few months.

In response to the report, New Zealand solar power company, Solarcity, has released its own findings.

The report is called The value of solar energy to NZ: How Concept Consulting Got it Wrong. The company says it's clear the argument that rooftop solar harms the disadvantaged, simply isn't true.