Solar PV Panels
Installed from $4999
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Evaluating if Solar PV panels are right for your home can be complex so our friends at the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) have come to the party. They have a very handy calculator to make the evaluation easier. They look at your home, finances, power costs and estimate the financial payback of solar panels for you.
If you've tried out EECA's Solar Calculator and the payback is longer than 7-8 years, then get a FREE Home Energy Plan and see if other energy efficiency products give you a better payback.
NOTE: Price of $4999 is based on 1.5kW / 6 Panels String System
How do Solar Panels work?
The solar cell is the basis of a solar power system – a number of cells forms a module which are linked together to form a solar “array” to produce electricity. Solar arrays are connected to an Inverter which allows the current to be used within the building and connect to the grid.
Solar uses no moving parts and is super reliable with a guaranteed performance of over 25 years, depending on brand.
When sunlight hits the solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, electricity (or 'solar energy') is produced. The electricity then runs from the solar panels through an inverter.
The inverter turns the power from direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC), which you can then use for electronic appliances in your home.
How we help with Solar Panels
We can visit your home and help you evaluate if Solar PV panels are a good option to improve the energy efficiency of your home and lower your power bills. We can also assess whether there are other energy efficiency options with a better financial payback for your home so you get best bang for your buck.
NOTE: Installed price from $4999 is based on 1.5Kw / 6 Panels String System for a single-story, long-run steel roof up to 35 degrees, single phase, single elevation. As other install variations may apply, request a home assessment for a quote for your property.
Finance & Funding
We have financial support available to make installing solar panels in your home more affordable.
- Mortgage Top-Ups for energy efficiency products
- Q Card Finance
- Kiwibank Sustainable Energy Loan with $2000 contribution
- Squirrel Money
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Are Solar PV Panels Right for My Home?
There are a number of factors that determine whether the Solar PV panels are economical for your home, including:
- How energy efficient your home already is
- The orientation & pitch of the roof placement for Solar PV panels
- Your geography and associated sunshine hours in a year
- Whether your home is occupied during the day
- The buy-back rates of your power company
- Whether you need to borrow to finance the solar panels
We can help advise you whether they are right for your home. Get a FREE Home Energy Plan to find out more.
Where should I place the PV panels?
Solar PV panels are suitable in both rural and urban conditions. Panels are usually installed on roofs but you can also place them on facades, conservatory roofs, sun shades, garages or specially built stands on the ground. Make sure your site:
- faces north
- is free from shade from trees, buildings and hills and is exposed to good sun all year
- has enough space - a typical 1 kW panel needs around 8m2
How much do Solar Panels cost?
Over recent years the cost of solar panels has fallen significantly as production expands globally and technologies improve. Our pricing starts at $4999 is based on 1.5kW / 6 Panels String System.
Do you have String or Enphase solar panel systems?
We have both. The suitability of string vs enphase (micro-inverter) panel systems depends on whether your panels may be subject to shade.
- String systems operate in series so if one or more panel is shaded it can affect the system in total.
- Enphase solar panels are more expensive but each panel has it's own inverter so shading of one or more panels does not affect the rest.
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Solar Power & the importance of Time shifting
The best way to maximise the return on solar panels is to use as much of the energy you create when it's generated as you'll save the full retail value of every kilowatt. Any surplus solar energy from your panels feeds into the grid and is only credited at the wholesale rate of about 8c per kW. That is why solar can be more valuable for people who are at home during most days.
The key to using your power during sunshine hours is timeshifting - scheduling appliances to run during the daytime that you otherwise might do at night.
Any appliances that are AC powered can use the solar power, including lights, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers and electric hot water cylinders. It's best to run these during the day - and many have a delayed start feature to help you do this.
Are you solar ready?
Whether you’re thinking about solar panels or solar hot water, the starting point is free advice and obligation free solar quotes. We can help you evaluate whether solar is right for your home or not.
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