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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.

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  • Solar buy back rates: What are they and what are you going to get paid
    Solar buy back rates: What are they and what are you going to get paid
    In this article, we’re going to help you understand  buy back rates  import export meters  energy retailers      What are Solar Exports? Solar export occurs when your solar panels produce more energy than your home consumes. Instead of letting this surplus energy go to waste, it flows back into the grid, essentially powering your neighbours’ homes. ... Read more
  • Powerwall 3 in New Zealand
    Powerwall 3 in New Zealand
    Are you considering a Tesla Powerwall for your home in New Zealand? With the upcoming release of Powerwall 3, potentially in 2025, it’s crucial to understand how it stacks up against the well-established Powerwall 2. There are still a lot of unknowns with the Tesla Powerwall 3 but here’s what we ... Read more
  • Is it worth going off-grid?
    Is it worth going off-grid?
    Ever considered embracing complete energy freedom and going off-grid? It’s a dream many share and one that’s both exciting and challenging to achieve. With an off-grid setup, your solar panels soak up sunlight, converting it into electricity. This power is used in the home, or stored in batteries ready for use ... Read more
  • Case Study: Wendy and David's Solar Journey
    Case Study: Wendy and David's Solar Journey
    Hear from David about his journey installing solar with Wanaka Solar. David and Wendy, embraced sustainable living nearly two years ago by installing 22 solar panels and a Tesla Powerwall with Wanaka Solar. Initially hoping to reduce their electricity bills, they’ve now found they don’t have one at all. But the benefits ... Read more
  • Is my home suitable for solar panels?
    Is my home suitable for solar panels?
    Do you use electricity? Do you have a roof (not essential)? The answer is probably yes, in which case solar is likely suitable for your home. Solar panels don’t need much to operate beyond plenty of natural light.  Most people want their solar panels on their roof, so that is the main consideration ... Read more
  • Is it worth installing a battery?
    Is it worth installing a battery?
    Hands down you will have a better solar experience by having a battery as part of your setup. You will be more self-sufficient, feel secure in a power outage and also be able to ‘game the system’ by buying power when it’s cheap and using the battery when it’s expensive. In ... Read more
  • How much money will I save with solar?
    How much money will I save with solar?
    The long and short of it is that installing solar will save you money. You start saving money as soon as your system is turned on by reducing the amount of energy you buy from the grid. How much you save depends on two key factors: the size of your solar ... Read more
  • What's in the election for renewable energy?
    What's in the election for renewable energy?
    With the election only a month away I’m sure we are all having plenty of conversations about the future of New Zealand. We’ve not been shy about our opinion on the importance of electrification and renewable energy for New Zealand’s future, and if you’re anything like us, knowing what each party ... Read more
  • Top 3 reasons to get solar
    Top 3 reasons to get solar
    After years of installation experience, we’ve found there are three main reasons why people get solar.    1. To reduce your energy bills Tired of watching your power bills get higher and higher? Installing solar can help! Solar saves you money by allowing you to produce your own electricity in the home. Any solar ... Read more
  • What size solar system do I need?
    What size solar system do I need?
    Understanding Solar System Sizing Before we dive in, it’s important to understand how the size of a solar system is measured. When we talk about the size of a solar system, we’re referring to its solar PV ‘Peak Output’ which we measure in kilowatts. A Watt is the basic measure of electrical ... Read more