Meridian Energy has told Parliament that commercial scale solar power generation may be at least a decade away.
The state-owned power company commissioned a solar power plant in California almost a year ago and indicates experience from its operation may be put to use in New Zealand.
Meridian has told Parliament’s Commerce Select Committee the economic success of solar power generation depends on subsidies and incentives. They say without such support it may be around 10 years before solar projects are economic here.
Image / The Maari Oil Rig in Taranaki
Solid Energy is talking up the value of the country’s mineral and oil assets.
Solid Energy estimates the value of New Zealand’s in-ground mineral and oil assets is between $10 trillion and $20 trillion
According to its financial review report, the state-owned enterprise estimates the value of the in-ground resources at between 10 and 20 trillion dollars.
It says those resources include oil, gas, methane hydrates, coal and lignite, iron sands, and other minerals.
Solid Energy believes most of the deposits are located outside of protected conservation land.
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