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Using Solar to charge your EVEVs are becoming more and more common on New Zealand roads with 38,117 EVs in New Zealand (as of March 2022). The transition to EVs is expected to speed up with the Climate Change Commission recommending the government phase out imports of fossil-fueled cars by no later than 2035. A Solar ... Read more
What to look for in a solar inverterWhat is a solar inverter? The inverter is one of the most vital parts of your solar system. It converts DC power produced by your solar panels into AC electricity for your home. Your inverter will work very hard for a long time, as it converts the sunlight that hits your roof ... Read more
Three reasons 2023 is a great year to invest in SolarIt’s always a good time to invest in solar, but 2023 is looking like a great year for solar. Here are three reasons why. 1. Increasing strain on National Grid Electricity demand in New Zealand is increasing for a range of reasons. This includes a growing population, an increase in electric heating, ... Read more
Bank loans - options for solar systems and batteriesMany major banks in New Zealand are now offering very low or even no interest loans to put towards energy efficient upgrades including solar and battery storage. Paying little (or no) interest on any money borrowed to install the system dramatically increases your ROI. Once we’ve assessed your property we’ll provide ... Read more
Recommended energy retailers for solar & battery storagePicking the right energy retailer can make all the difference when it comes to getting the most from your solar system. When deciding, think about whether your main objectives are: Environmental Financial Simplicity Also, think about what’s going to work with your setup. Do you have solar only or solar and a battery? Think about ... Read more
How Sustainable Are Solar Panels?I believe Solar is what we need in New Zealand to meet our 2025 target of 90% renewable energy. There are few opportunities for new Hydro generation due to limited locations and the environmental impact. New Zealand has such good conditions for Wind power, unfortunately NIMBYism holds wind back. You would have ... Read more
Solar & Batteries for New buildsSolar is something most people think about when building. If you or someone you know is building new, it makes sense to start thinking of your home’s energy needs. I will give you a run through of what you should think about when it comes to solar for your new house. ... Read more
Virtual power plants, Micro grids and Embedded networks?Microgrids, Virtual power plants and Embedded network solutions have been talking points lately. I’ll give you a rundown of what these are and how they can be useful. What are they? Virtual power plants (VPP) Already in use in other countries such as Australia, and the UK, Virtual power plants could be a ... Read more
How to read your power billPower bills are challenging to make head or tail of – they are confusing to read, let alone interpret what they mean. Hopefully here’s where we can help you understand your power bill, and also show you how solar can assist in reducing it. What charges make up my power bill? No ... Read more
Electric Vehicle ChargingWe get asked more and more often about electric EV charging. It’s great to see electric vehicles gaining popularity. We have put together a list of some of the questions we often hear. Where can an EV charger be installed? Most EV chargers are capable of being installed inside or outside. The most ... Read more