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SEANZ develops industry capability and capacity through advocacy, policy, industry standards, events, connecting industry professionals and collaborating with electricity industry stakeholders.
SEANZ is an independent entity representing organisations from SME's to global corporations, from those in the lab, to those in the supply chain from manufacturers to system integrators to finance organisations as well as some utilities and system operators, who understand and have embraced the distributed generation (DG) business model - represented by solar PV, wind turbines and mini hydro.
SEANZ represents the interests of all members in the industry and works collaboratively with many organisations to achieve positive and sustainable outcomes.
The NZ Scenario
Starting from a low base, the number of solar power systems across the country has more than tripled in the last 18 months, a 220 percent increase.
This growth has is creating challenges for the electricity industry. SEANZ is committed to working collaboratively across the industry to ensure that a 21st Century grid is affordable, fit for purpose, and benefits consumers and all those involved in the industry.
On the changes happening
As is the case around the world, consumers are moving to solar because it offers specific values that many traditional power companies cannot and that will continue unless those power companies respond to consumer demand.
Regulatory and legislative reviews are underway in New Zealand of the rules that govern distributed generation, pricing, and the role of distribution companies. SEANZ is actively involved in this conversation and submits its position on all of these reviews.
Many fear that consumers with solar and batteries will defect from the grid, however at SEANZ, we are advocate for a market design which accepts consumers have the right to interconnect and operate small-scale generation-plus-batteries under a fair, transparent charging regime.
In particular this relates to the ability to sell surplus distributed generation energy locally and not be forced to sell to a wholesale market.
There are benefits to keeping solar customers grid-connected but the network and the services it offers will have to change. At SEANZ we believe that pricing structures will have to change to reflect the changing nature of the distribution network but this can be a win-win for consumers and the companies that connect us to the grid. But these companies will need to change their business models rather than just increase prices if they are to remain competitive and prevent consumers with their new found storage ability defecting from the grid.
As self-managing micro grids become possible, distributors could re-enter the electricity market at a local level, providing them a replacement revenue stream.
Distributed generation and storage provides an opportunity to strengthen the electricity network and provide a flexible yet resilient grid. Fair pricing can recognise and reflect both the costs of grid upkeep and the value of distributed generation.
SEANZ SolarSMART is the Solar PV and Storage Conference in New Zealand
The SEANZ SolarSMART Conference is scheduled for November 13-14t at the Novatel in Rotorua. These two information- and event-packed days are not to be missed!
SEANZ SolarSMART is about building a smart industry – using smart technology, smart strategies and smart planning for smarter and better outcomes for you - think smart inverters, smart data, smart access to data, data IP, energy services, smart ways to assist industry, empowering your business and clients.
The electricity landscape is changing more than ever. SEANZ members have significantly contributed to that change and are also impacted by it. Consumer led technologies are changing business models for all players where nobody is immune. Record growth is shaking up the market and more parties are taking note – utilities, regulators, the finance industry and others looking to participate and respond.
Regulatory reform over the forthcoming years will impact the industry and your business more than ever before. Your voice through SEANZ, is absolutely critical in this discussion.
Join us and participate in the industry forum that is SEANZ SolarSMART.
SEANZ SolarSMART includes the Suppliers Expo for manufacturers, importers and wholesalers to allow installers and other parties understand new technologies and offerings.
SEANZ SolarSMART features five Conference Streams with keynotes and local speakers on:
Plus the industry events and network functions such as:
BKW Group: Driving digital change for energy and technology
SAP Cloud for Utilities: an integrated industry solution
TerraCycle: unlocking data to drive next-gen sustainability
TwinThread: driving value-added technology in manufacturing
SSE Energy Services
Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V: Uncovering one of South America’s largest untapped oil reserve
How Enervest is making solar investment a viable option in Australia
EDM: Offering Mozambique a sustainable energy lifeline
How Schneider Electric’s digital technology is powering the mines of the future
Lilongwe Water Board: Utility suppliers with a customer focus
Sarawak Energy Berhad: Fuelling sustainable growth with hydropower
Tehran Energy Consultants’ mission to the Iranian oil and gas industry
First Solar: Delivering solar to Australia en masse
Canadian Solar Inc: A brighter future for the solar industry
Prysmian Group: Connecting Australia with more than cables
Envac: Removing waste, creating value
Proserv: Challenging convention with ingenious simplicity
Cadillac Fairview: Becoming Canada's greenest employer
Zedi: Persevere and pivot: How an oil and gas technology company can thrive