466 days ago

We Say/You Say: Solar Farms

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Marlborough Midweek

Tēnā koutou Marlborough,

Would you support more solar panel farms in your area?

One of the largest solar power farms in New Zealand is nearing capacity and the managing director has expressed his desire to build further on the existing site.

Campbell McMath's company Kea Energy, is based in Christchurch and owns 14 sites around the South Island and the company's Wairau Valley farm is generating 1.85 megawatts for Marlborough Lines. McMath says an increase will mean they can further utilise the site.

"We have chosen a bifacial panel which has glass on both sides, which is a little more environmentally friendly than your traditional monofacial panel. Our intention is to keep the panels as long as economical and then sell on to hobbyists, for up-cycling," he said.

There are several solar panel sites currently in the Marlborough region, including the largest farm in New Zealand on the Peter Yealand's estate. In 2018, Stuff reported that it generated enough solar energy to power 86 homes.

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12 days ago

Is your broadband bill about to increase? Don't throw money away.

NZ Compare

Spark have recently announced a price increase of $3 - $5 a month for new and existing broadband customers and other providers seem likely to follow suit.

Information collated by our research team has found that tens of thousands of Kiwis are still missing out on hundreds of dollars of savings each year on their broadband bill, because they are failing to shop around for cheaper broadband plans.

We estimate that over 500,000 households would be able to pay less for their broadband each month but many consumers are unaware of the fact that they could be making these savings and people often don’t know where to start when looking for a change in broadband plan or provider.

This is where NZ Compare can help. Our websites are simple to use and if you need more help, our friendly, Auckland based, customer support centre can advise on the most suitable broadband plan for your needs and help talk you through the switch. With unlimited fibre broadband plans available for less than $60 a month why would you pay more?

Find out more at NZ Compare or call the team on 0508 226672

CORRECTION: This post has been amended to clarify that the price of fibre and copper broadband internet services will increase, and that the increase is between $3 and $5 a month, not only $5 a month on fibre broadband plans as previously posted. (Amended at 10.31am, June 23, 2022)

2 days ago

Time to escape your neighbourhood?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Are you overdue a getaway? You could win a 13-day Sir Edmund Hillary Explorer South Island Rail & Coach tour by participating in Neighbourly’s 8th birthday celebration.

To enter the competition, just tell us what you love about your neighbourhood. It could be your favourite spot, a beautiful view, or something that makes you smile. You could be in for a once-in-a-lifetime getaway!
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