How solar energy works

Just one hour of the sun’s energy could provide enough electricity to power the world for a year.

New Zealand should be powered 100% by renewable energy. Now is the time for all of us to work together for a cleaner, more sustainable New Zealand.

 

How solar energy works

  1. Solar panels - The panels are made of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity throughout the day.
  2. Micro-inverter - This device sits underneath the solar panel and converts the direct current (DC) electricity generated by the panel into the alternating current (AC) electricity.
  3. Switchboard - The AC electricity is sent from the inverter to your switchboard and then into your home to power your lights and appliances.
  4. Two-way meter - The two-way meter measures your energy use.  When the solar system generates more power than you immediately need, the excess is sent back to the grid.
  5. Power grid - Your home is still connected to the grid. You will still need grid power at night and when sunlight levels are low.
  6. In-home monitoring - You can monitor your solar generation and usage in real time. To give you added security we also monitor your generation. In the rare event that a problem arises, we’ll alert our solar repair team.  
  7. Solar battery - Stores excess solar energy generated during the day so it can be used at night and when grid prices are high.

Key benefits of solar power

  • Reduce your monthly power bills by using power generated by the sun to cut the amount of power you need to buy from the grid.
  • Protect yourself from inevitable power price rises (150% increase over the past 20 years).
  • Low maintenance.
  • Take back control of your power usage and bills through real-time monitoring.
  • Help the environment and join the NZ revolution to be powered 100% by renewable energy.