Sustainability is at our core and we're in business with a purpose; to make a big difference in the fight against climate change. We're also helping our nation increase its energy independence and move towards 100% renewable energy. To do this, we're making solar affordable for all families with our smart solarZero energy service. We won recognition for innovation at the 2015 and 2016 Sustainable Electricity Association NZ (SEANZ) awards for our solarZero and solarZero+ energy services respectively and were finalists in the 2015 and 2016 Sustainable Business Network Awards.
We were the first solar company in the world to gain carboNZero certification and we are still the only solar energy services business in New Zealand with that green accreditation. Independently audited and respected worldwide, our carboNZero certification is a significant endorsement of our commitment to sustainability and the environment. Reviewed annually, it means we measure and minimise our carbon emissions. Any remaining emissions that can't be avoided are offset by purchasing verified carbon credits, making solarcity and our installations carbon neutral.
solarcity is one of the five fastest growing green companies in New Zealand and is one of the Government's Focus 500 companies that is targeted to contribute significant benefits to the New Zealand economy. We're 100% New Zealand owned and receive financial backing from Sir Stephen Tindall's K1W1 investment fund and the nation's oldest private equity fund, Pencarrow.
We're here for the long haul. This isn't just our business, it's our mission. Our commitment to making solar accessible is deep-rooted and long term, and our solidly established business is growing steadily here and across the Pacific.