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New Zealand is aiming for 100% clean and green electricity production by 2035. But have we got what it takes? 1 News meteorologist Dan Corbett travels the country to discover how New Zealand's unique combination of water, wind and sun make us ideally placed to harness the power of weather.
We've been producing electricity through hydro-electric schemes in New Zealand for over a century now and hydro is the backbone of our renewable electricity production. It all starts on top of our snowy peaks and that's where Dan Corbett begins a journey that takes him from Milford Sound to our wettest settlement, jetboating down the Kawarau River and inside the hidden marvel that is Meridian Energy's Manapouri Power Station. But as our population speeds towards five million, what does the future hold for hydro? Just how does the power of water fit into our sustainable future?
Aotearoa is positioned in just the right place to get smashed by winds of the Tasman, the Southern Ocean and the Pacific. So, it makes sense to use the wind to produce electricity. Dan Corbett explores how we harness the wind and what the future holds for generating electricity using this renewable resource. He climbs to the top of a turbine at Meridian Energy's West Wind Farm and takes in the engineering wonder of the wind turbines that power Scott Base, then finds out how a kiteboarding dog, uses the wind to fly across the waves. But are more wind farms the long-term answer?
Living in the Land of the Long White Cloud, you'd be forgiven for thinking we don't get enough sun to make the most of solar power. But all that's changing. 1 News meteorologist Dan Corbett travels to sunny Nelson and meets the Chia Sisters who produce award winning fruit juices from their fully solar powered factory. But will businesses be the big winners, with shopping malls the perfect fit for harnessing the most powerful energy source on the planet?