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We're here to help with your solar questions.

With expert knowledge in mind, we’ve created the 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 local community.

Take a look around and check back regularly – we’re always trying to help spread the word, so there’s regularly something new posted here.

  • What to look for in a solar inverter
    What to look for in a solar inverter
    What 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 Solar
    Three reasons 2023 is a great year to invest in Solar
      It’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 batteries
    Bank loans - options for solar systems and batteries
    Many 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 storage
    Recommended energy retailers for solar & battery storage
    Picking 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?
    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 builds
    Solar & Batteries for New builds
    Solar 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?
    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 bill
    How to read your power bill
    Power 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 Charging
    Electric Vehicle Charging
    We 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
  • Case Study: Valli Wine
    Case Study: Valli Wine
      From 1930s Central Otago shearing shed to solar-powered sanctuary in the vines   The Central Otago sun is a key ingredient in the production of Valli Vineyard’s award-winning Pinot Noir. So for winemaker Grant Taylor and his wife Nicole, tapping into this golden resource to power production beyond the vine just makes ... Read more