All your questions answered about solar power!
How many panels will I need?
We determine this by assessing your power usage over the course of the year, so we are able to understand your habits around using power. We take an average of your kW usage across the year and use this to accurately calculate how many panels your household will need.
What happens to my solar-only system in a power cut?
If you have a solar-only solution it will shut down automatically during a power outage. However, if you choose to include a battery and hybrid inverter with your install – the panels continue to generate electricity. This will be used to run select circuits in your home and re-charge the battery.
How much can I save?
All of our install designs are created to suit your home specifically. If you have a power bill that is $250 or more a month, a 'battery ready' solar system can generate up to 60% off your power bill and up to a further 90% with the addition of a battery.”
*Please note figures may vary, and we cannot guarantee this result for everyone, we will assess your individual situation and power consumption to determine a more accurate figure for you.
Do I need building consent to install the panels?
No, you don’t – we will come out, assess the space, give you a quote, and get the ball rolling.
What happens if the sun isn’t shining or the day is cloudy?
Photovoltaic panels can use direct or indirect sunlight to generate power, though they are most effective in direct sunlight. Solar panels will still work even when the light is reflected or partially blocked by clouds.
Will solar work on my existing home?
Yes, absolutely! You can fit solar to an existing dwelling. The cost may differ from a new build as we sometimes need to find a work around that will allow us to get the best result. For example, if you have a flat roof, we can install panels on tilts. There are some instances where solar may not be a practical solution – we will always assess the situation and advise you if this is the case.
How long will it take for my solar panels to pay off?
Depending on the size and price of your system, most households have got their return on investment after 6-8 years.
Can I run my household using only solar power?
This may not always be practical, because solar only works when the sun is out - ie: it will not generate electricity at night. Battery solutions can provide power during these times, and are becoming a more affordable option. But most homes with solar panels will still rely on the grid from time to time unless you are opting for a fully off-grid system.
Can I use my old meter?
No, you will be required to get a new meter in order to meet compliance for lines consent which is required by all New Zealand networks. This is so you can use and feed power back into the grid. Don’t worry – we will take care of this part for you!
Where can my solar panels be installed?
There is no one size fits all solution here –but we would usually choose a North facing part of the roof on your house or garage. A tilted ground mount is another option we can discuss.