Knowledge Hub

Were here to help with you 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.

  • Will going solar reduce my energy bills?
    Will going solar reduce my energy bills?

     

    Solar panels aren’t just good for the environment – you can benefit from serious savings over the lifetime of your solar panel system. Installing solar will reduce your energy bill, how much depends on the system size and your energy usage.

    Solar panels cost money upfront, but will save you money ... Read more

  • How many solar panels do i need?
    How many solar panels do i need?

    There are a few elements to consider when determining the size of a solar panel system. Every property is different, and the reasons people install solar varies. 

    Below we will consider some important elements when choosing a system size, including: 

    • How much electricity does your property ... Read more
  • Get up to $10,000, interest free for solar, with Westpac.
    Get up to $10,000, interest free for solar, with Westpac.

     

    With a Westpac Warm Up loan you can now get up to $10,000 interest free for 5 years to invest in solar.

    We have teamed up with Westpac as a SEANZ member to help customers make improvements to their home with solar* with an interest free loan. Helping kiwi’s invest in ... Read more

  • 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