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Infratec Contact Energy Media Release

Power to the Businesses

Contact Energy and Infratec are teaming up to help more Kiwi businesses make the leap to low carbon energy by offering them end-to-end renewable generation, battery storage, and energy management solutions.

Businesses are ideally placed to take advantage of renewable energy products like rooftop solar because their period of highest energy use occurs when these technologies produce the most power, potentially offering savings on their energy bills.

Other benefits from on-site generation and storage can include greater visibility into power use, and greater flexibility with a choice between using, storing, or selling excess energy back into the grid. By incorporating battery storage, business can also increase their resilience in the event of power cuts.

With their respective expertise, Contact and Infratec believe the time is right to deliver industrial grade solutions that increase resiliency.

“At a business case level, distributed generation is starting to stack up for some customers, but it is still a new market that has a way to go before it reaches maturity. We’re excited to be collaborating with customers and with Infratec to be able to deliver distributed energy solutions that are sustainable: low emissions, cost effective, and reliable”, says Contact’s Chief Generation & Development Officer James Kilty.

“Our experience in challenging markets from Afghanistan to Kiribati has cemented our credentials as one of the leading renewable energy, high voltage networks and alternative fuels providers,” says Infratec Acting CEO Luke van Zeller.

“We’re now ready to put this expertise to use in New Zealand, particularly in the solar and battery storage space, making the shift to renewable energy as seamless and painless as possible.”

Looking further out, as scale continues to build, Contact will link distributed energy business customers into its demand flexibility platform, giving the company the ability to buy their stored power for use during periods of high electricity demand.
Contact is already trialling coordinating distributed assets through its demand flexibility platform in Wellington and Christchurch, having linked a number of solar and battery enabled households, to assess the viability of technology at a retail level. The two-year trial is expected to be completed in mid-2019.