Renewable energy in New Zealand

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Geothermal drilling at Te Mihi, New Zealand

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 2017, 82% 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]

Solar technologies in New Zealand have only recently in the past few years become affordable alternatives compared to previous renewable offerings. The uptake in the residential and commercial market though slow has increased steadily. As with all renewable options, price of generation is key to the sustainability, it is only these recent changes in pricing that may see solar generation plants in the future.[citation needed]

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 2017". MBIE. October 2017.
  2. ^ Clark, Helen (20 September 2007). "Launch of emissions trading scheme". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 19 January 2010.

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