How Wanaka Solar was founded

Wanaka Solar is Otago’s premier solar panel services and electrical services company

Founder Dean Dunning was working as an Electrician in New Zealand when he started studying the ‘New Zealand certificate in Renewable Technology’.

The subject got him thinking of ways of incorporating his environmental and renewable energy interests with his trade as an electrician.

Horizontal solar panels
Installed panels with incorrect inclination

One of the major things he noticed was how many solar systems installed on roofs, are installed at the same angle as the roof. This works fine if the roof has the correct pitch. Flat roofs in New Zealand don’t work very well with this typical solar installation. If the panel inclination is incorrect for the latitude the output of the panels in certain seasons is greatly reduced. Dean set about remedying this common issue.

Dean felt a growing concern with systems not being installed to their full potential. Solar PV was still quite new in New Zealand and Dean felt that the technology might receive undeserved bad press.

Solar Installation Wanaka
Installed panels with correct inclination

This gave him the idea of starting ‘Wanaka Solar’, a company based around the Wanaka and Queenstown areas with the intention of designing and installing renewable energy systems to their full potential, working to give renewable energy the reputation it deserves.

Solar PV is an amazing way to generate electricity and it is still relatively new in New Zealand. Our goal is to have solar PV installed in every home in Wanaka, Queenstown, and Otago. Solar energy is the future. We want to be part of it.

Solar energy produces no pollutants and is one of the cleanest sources of energy.

Why Wanaka Solar?

How Wanaka Solar is unique

We are a local Wanaka-based company. Our customers expect high-quality products from us and we deliver. We invest in technology that lasts and performs.
We use the best components we can find. Our goal is not to maximise profit. Our goal is to provide a unique solar panel installation service that can count on repeat business and word-of-mouth referrals. We can only do this by providing the best service possible. We believe that we’ve delivered on our promises so far.

We use the following inverters: Fronius, SMA, & Enphase.
And the following solar panels: Jinko, Canadian Solar, REC, & Trina.
These are the top end components that we have chosen for our New Zealand customers.

For safety reasons and durability, it’s very important that cabling, panelling, and all installation methods conform to a high work standard and perform
We invest resources in research and development of products to ensure they perform well in New Zealand conditions.

We give our customers honest answers. We prefer to be up front with any potential issues. Our customers rely on us for accurate and honest energy production evaluations.

We know that some of our customers may be new to solar energy so we try to keep them informed of progress, schedules, and the important details. We like to think of our customers as our partners in sustainable energy. Communication improves with better-informed clients. Talk to us! We listen.