Our Mission

The New Zealand and Pacific Solar and Storage Council exists to promote scientific, social and economic development through the environmentally sound use of solar energy.

The purpose of the New Zealand and Pacific Solar and Storage Council is:

  • to promote research, development and adoption of solar energy and other complementary low emissions technologies;
  • to promote research into and use of solar energy in building design;
  • to compile and disseminate information on solar and complementary low-emissions technologies and their utilisation;
  • to promote public understanding and adoption of practices, technologies and systems for the use of solar energy and energy efficiency; and
  • to advocate for the adoption by all levels of government of appropriate policies and programs to promote use of solar energy.


Priority workstreams we will be focussing on are:

  • To encourage the development of common standards and installation best practice across the region and providing policy advocacy and advice on best practice on solar and storage solutions, to regional utilities, national governments, regulators and planners
  • To provide training to increase local skills and expertise, encompassing design through to deployment and maintenance.


Get to know our Board of Directors here

Barbara Elliston, President

Barbara Elliston is also a director of Elliston Power Consultants, Counties Power, the Australian Solar Council, solar PV start-up company Easy Warm, and a member of the NZ Electricity Authority’s Security and Reliability Council. A qualified electrical engineer and 30 veteran of the power industry, Barbara’s background includes corporate governance, strategic development, transmission network development, and start-up product development in renewable energy, solar thermal and solar photovoltaics. Previous roles in the power sector include directorships with Genesis Energy, Transpower, and Comalco Power. Barbara’s focus for the NZPSSC is to work towards the seamless integration of solar and storage technologies with grid networks

Ewan Gebbie, Secretary

Ewan is also the Executive Officer of EMANZ since his appointment in 2009. Ewan has been involved in the New Zealand energy sector in a range of policy and regulatory roles both in Government and industry since the late 1990’s. He currently sits on the Electricity Authority’s Retail Advisory Group, and Tariff Technical advisory Group.
Ewan is determined to ensure New Zealand has the skill sets and competencies needed for a sustainable energy future, and his involvement in NZPSSC (and EMANZ) reflects that determination.

Steve Blume, Treasurer

New Zealand & Pacific Solar & Storage Council; Director, Global Solar Council; President, Australian Energy Storage Council & President, Australian Solar Council (Australian Solar Energy Society Ltd – Director); and CEO, NoCarbon Pty Ltd. Steve is a former political adviser and private sector senior executive, policy creator, change management consultant, business manager and public servant. Steve offers consulting and advising services on climate change & environment policy development & implementation, energy efficiency & conservation measures, solar & energy storage and grid transformation pathways to fully distributed energy networks. Steve’s mantra for clean energy is ‘deployment, deployment, R&D, deployment!’ – we know how to build a 100% renewables future, we simply need the will. In his leadership roles with national and international peak bodies for solar and energy storage Steve works to amplify the voice of the solar and energy storage industries and to increase international collaboration on a 100% renewable energy future. For the NZPSSC Steve’s focus is on ensuring NZ & Pacific utilities are positioned to deliver safe, secure, reliable & quality renewable energy to their customers.

Board Member: Robert Matthews

Robert has been working in the energy industry for many years. He has extensive experience in executive and senior management roles across the electricity and renewable energy industries. Previously, Robert was the Australian President and CEO of Solar Thermal startup Ausra and more recently COO for True Value Solar, the largest single provider of residential and commercial solar in Australia. He is also a director of Pacific Power Association, Tonga Gas Ltd and Home Gas Ltd.
Robert is currently the Chief Executive for Tonga Power Ltd which is a State owned enterprise and works closely with the Government of Tonga to achieve its renewable energy targets by year 2020.

Board Member: Andrew Tombs

Andrew is Alpine Energy’s Chief Executive Officer; a role he has held since June 2009. Andrew also holds a number of directorships, is a member of the Institute of Directors, Vice President of the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce, and alumni of Victoria University (NZ), Stanford University (USA), and the Institute of Strategic Leadership (NZ).

Andrew has extensive electricity industry experience having worked in generation, transmission, distribution, contracting, and renewables over the course of the previous 30 plus years. Experience has also accrued across telecommunication (fibre) and gas sectors.

Passionate about ensuring safety, enabling opportunities, and creating value Andrew’s leadership has seen Alpine Group grow from strength to strength.

Seeing our industry and its consumers prosper now and for future generations is the quintessence of Andrew’s DNA in business leadership and being part of the community.

Board Member: Trevor Foster

General Manager, EnaSolar. Trevor qualified as an electronics service engineer in the United Kingdom and since that time has used this knowledge to develop successful companies in a range of industries and markets, mostly within South Africa and New Zealand. He has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience and is well versed in multi-level communications at both Government, Corporate and the private sector. Trevor’s passion for renewable energy and his international business experience,  lead to his appointment in 2012 to head up the solar division, EnaSolar, of The Enatel Group, a leading design and manufacturer of power technology in both industrial, telco and energy industries.

Since entering in the micro renewable industry some 4 years ago, a significant portion of time and effort has been in the education for the need of smart design, reinforcement of quality, training and re-education surrounding sustainable and renewable technologies at both the business and the consumer level.

Trevor currently holds the position of General Manager ~ Sales and Marketing and see the emergence of the NZPSSC as critical to the long term success of renewable energy that will not only benefit this generation, but also future generations.