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About us

Our mission is to match you with the best solar systems. That’s our promise. We will provide the best service and never compromise.

Let the experts help you

Wanaka Solar are experts in the design and installation of solar systems, batteries and off grid systems.

Through transparent advice and education we match you with the ideal solar system.
We focus on having the highest quality components, installation and customer service.

Our Ethos

We are passionate about doing well, by doing good. Our vision is to champion a carbon neutral New Zealand through Solar adoption.

By giving genuine and transparent advice we offer the best outcome for every customer in design, installation and aftercare. We’re always challenging ourselves to be at the forefront of the technology and in doing so can pass on the best knowledge to our customers and community.

We provide a reliable service today, and continue that relationship for the lifetime of your system. That’s at least 25 years! We do this by using products that guarantee long term reliability, coupled with quality workmanship, care and attention to detail. This means we can help people benefit from solar today and for the future.

Our Story

Our story is one of attention to detail, challenging the status quo and never settling for less when there’s potential for so much more.

It all began in 2015 when founder Dean Dunning noticed a common flaw on homes across the country. Many had flat roofs and solar systems were being installed at the same angle. The panel inclination was incorrect for the latitude, significantly reducing its effectiveness. Concerned for solar’s reputation in New Zealand and a sea of disappointed customers, Dean set out to remedy this common issue and established an expert solar provider for the Otago region.

Over the years, solar technology has evolved, while different panels, batteries and installers have appeared. We’ve invested our resources in the research and development of quality products to empower energy partners with relevant, unbiased, up-to-date information and the best solar systems available.

Today, Wanaka Solar are experts in Grid Tied Solar Systems, Hybrid Solar Systems and Off Grid installations. Since inception, we have installed over 130 Grid Tied systems and over 20 Off Grid, the equivalent of over 500kWp installed capacity.

Our Team

We’ve harnessed a team of expert, passionate solar installation staff that genuinely care about quality products, our planet and providing you with the most efficient system possible. Think of us as your solar power perfectionists, armed with unsurpassed attention to detail and a friendly smile to boot.

Dean
Dean
Founder | Installer
Trained as an electrician , going on to study renewable energy. Dean became increasingly concerned about the quality of solar installations being installed by untrained people. He managed to find a great team to help him install high end renewable systems. Dean enjoys getting out rock climbing and spending time with Sam, when she isn't walking the dogs.
Liam
Liam
Installer
Bringing a wealth of knowledge from across the ditch. Liam is a great addition to the Team. Liam has had 10 years of experience designing and installing solar systems in Queensland. He has a passion for renewable energy and high-quality work. Liam moved to Wanaka to spend more time in the outdoors and escape city life. He now enjoys long walks on the beach, taking pictures of the Wanaka tree and wandering into avalanche terrain.
Jake
Jake
Installer
With the help of 100 eggs a week, Jake has no problem getting those panels on your roof. If he isn’t in the gym in the morning, in the gym in the evening or in the gym in the weekends you may see Jake in the saddle enjoying the scenic routes on his bike. Jake has an electrical background and has been installing solar in Canterbury. We are very lucky that he decided to flee the big smoke and make Wanaka his home!
Alec
Alec
Installer
After many years working in an office based job Alec made the best decision of his life and swapped suits for sun hats, pens for impact drivers and moisturiser for sun cream. If he isn’t swinging a golf club he’s likely to be enjoying this beautiful place he now calls home from the comfort of his paraglider. Alec is a great asset to our installation team and we are looking forward to supporting him through his electrical apprenticeship.
Stacey
Stacey
Installer
Originally from Scotland. Stacey could not believe how strong the sun was in New Zealand. She thought all this energy must be good for something. This led her to Wanaka Solar. She is now well on her way to learning the art of installing high-quality solar systems and completing her electrical apprenticeship.
Sam
Sam
Accounts manager
Sam’s days are now split Between raising the future CEO of Wanaka Solar and ensuring the bills get paid on time. Sam is your go-2 for any account needs but will jump in to help with any solar inquiries and questions. In her spare time Sam likes taking the dogs to the vets, walking the dogs and taking photos of the dogs.
Hannah
Hannah
Operations Coordinator
There is no need to introduce Hannah because you probably already know her. This Born and bred Hawea Gal knows everyone in town! With the help of 5 x whiteboards and her sidekick Duke (Hannahs dog), this super organised lady will ensure everything is in place already for the installers to work their magic on your roof. When all is complete and you are generating your own power you may be lucky enough to see Hannah showing off her drone skills to get the winning shot of your solar.

We're Growing

Due to the increased demand for solar, we now have three branches across Otago and one in Christchurch to better serve our local communities. As a group we have been at the forefront of solar innovation for the past five years and we are excited to have expanded our quality approach across Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Individually each company is run by true locals. So we’ve always got boots on the ground that are just around the corner whenever you need us. But together we support each other with knowledge, skills and buying power as we champion a carbon-neutral future for New Zealand.

Our Partners

Because power is just one part of an energy and environmentally-conscious home or business, we have sourced an expert team of like-minded partners to provide an efficient service, from design and consent, through to completion. Together, we share knowledge and resources, then work together to build a brighter future for you and your planet.

Have your own architect, engineer, builder or subcontractor? Not to worry. We’ll happily work in with your chosen provider, but the sooner you consider your energy options the better.