Renewable energy in New Zealand

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Approximately 40% of primary energy is from renewable energy sources in New Zealand.[1] Approximately 80% of electricity comes from renewable energy,[1] primarily hydropower and geothermal power.

Renewable energy by type[edit]

Renewable electricity[edit]

Renewable electricity in New Zealand is primarily from hydropower. In 2015, 81% of the electricity generated in New Zealand came from renewable sources.[1] In September 2007, former Prime Minister Helen Clark announced a national target of 90 percent renewable electricity by 2025, with wind energy to make up much of that increase.[2]

Solar power[edit]

Small amounts of photovoltaic solar have been installed in New Zealand. High-temperature solar thermal energy plants are not likely to be adopted due to the variable solar radiation in New Zealand. It is unlikely to be economically viable.[3]

Solar hot water[edit]

Installation of solar hot water heating systems is increasing in New Zealand due in part to government incentive schemes.


Biodiesel, bioethanol and biomass (generally in the form of wood) are all used in New Zealand as a source of renewable energy.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Energy in New Zealand". mbie. September 2016. 
  2. ^ Clark, Helen (2007-09-20). "Launch of emissions trading scheme". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  3. ^ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (May 2001). "Solar energy use and potential in New Zealand". Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. 

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