Knowledge Hub

Were here to help with you solar questions.

Here at Wanaka Solar, we invest our resources in the research and development of solar power and renewable technology. When we’re not learning, testing and training, we’re sharing our knowledge with you in the hope of empowering and inspiring a region of renewable energy partners.

With expert knowledge in mind, we’ve created this Solar Knowledge Hub. It is here we explore the benefits of solar power, how solar systems work, renewable energy innovations such as electric vehicles, off-grid tips, the latest solar energy news from around the world and the ways in which it affects our wonderful Otago community. You can also find out about our latest solar energy projects and get to know our awesome team.

Take a look around and check back regularly – we’re always learning, so there’s always something new at the Solar Knowledge Hub.

  • Are solar panels worth installing in New Zealand?
    Are solar panels worth installing in New Zealand?

     

    The short answer yes, but it depends on what you value. People measure the worth of solar panels against 3 main values, Saving money, environmental and self-sufficiency. We will explore these values below.

    Will solar panels save me money?
    Electricity prices are continuing to rise in New ... Read more

  • How do solar panels work?
    How do solar panels work?

     

    You might have heard of Solar PV Panels. PV stands for photovoltaic.

    Photo = Light. Voltaic = Electricity.

    Solar panels work as each solar panel is made up of smaller components called solar cells. Each of these cells is made up of two layers of silicon. Each layer has been ... Read more

  • How does solar power reduce my carbon footprint?
    How does solar power reduce my carbon footprint?

     

    A typical solar PV system on a house can save half a tonne of CO2 pollution every year.  

    What exactly is your carbon footprint? Simply put, the term ‘carbon footprint’ is used to describe the total amount of greenhouse gases that are produced and released into the atmosphere to support your ... Read more

  • Is solar panel efficiency important?
    Is solar panel efficiency important?

     

    Solar panel efficiency measured by how much of the sunlight that falls on it is turned into electricity. Solar panels efficiency ratings  range from 15% to 23% depending on manufacturer. You would think it makes sense that the better the efficiency of a solar panel the better the product and ... Read more

  • How long is my solar system under warranty?
    How long is my solar system under warranty?

     

    A new solar system represents a significant investment so making sure your investment is future proof is a wise move. There are different warranties for different parts of your solar system. Knowing the difference between them and what products feature the best warranties is important to ensure you are ... Read more

  • Solar, Solar PV, Solar Panels, what is the difference?
    Solar, Solar PV, Solar Panels, what is the difference?

     

    There are so many terms when talking about solar, so here’s our jargon buster…

    Solar: Officially is ”of or relating to the Sun”. Within the solar installation industry it is used as a ‘catch all’ term when talking about the product or system that produces electricity for you from the sun.

    Solar ... Read more

  • How is solar electricity used in my home?
    How is solar electricity used in my home?

     

    As you use appliances in your home you create an electrical demand. The more appliances you use at once increases your electricity demand.

    Solar panels will generate a varying amount of power output depending on the irradiance (intensity of the suns radiation). This can be affected by the time ... Read more

  • Are batteries worthwhile with solar?v
    Are batteries worthwhile with solar?v

     

    When most people think of storing solar energy they think of batteries and rightly so. Batteries are a great way to store solar energy. Batteries are not the only way to store the energy we can also store solar energy as heat, an easy way to do this is in ... Read more

  • What maintenance is required for a solar system?
    What maintenance is required for a solar system?

     

    Solar panels have no moving parts, so require very little maintenance. By choosing the best quality parts and using the best installation practices, we can ensure customers are completely confident in their performance of their solar system. To ensure you receive the best return on investment, we have a few ... Read more

  • How do I become more self sufficient?
    How do I become more self sufficient?

     

    With global warming, the world population explosion, and environmental pollution increasing rapidly, many New Zealanders have become advocates of sustainable living. Let’s look at what it means to live sustainably and how you can make small steps towards saving our precious environment.

     

    What is Sustainable Living?

    Conscious attempts at reducing ... Read more