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The merits of wood versus coal-fired boilers have recently come under scrutiny in Otago.
It's great to see energy choices being debated locally. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has supported a number of wood energy projects - in schools and industry - as a carbon neutral, low-emission and renewable heat source.

Many parts of the country enjoy high sunshine hours, making solar power seem like a no brainer for New Zealand home owners. Solar power is popular overseas and appeals to many Kiwis wanting to save money and generate their own electricity. EECA's experience is there are four different drivers for the interest in solar power - saving money, independence from the grid, helping the environment and experimenting with new technology.