solarcity is New Zealand’s leading solar energy services company. In the past 35+ years we have installed solar on more Kiwi homes and businesses than any other company.
solarcity has been around since the early days of the solar industry. Founded in 1974, we’ve been part of the evolution that has made solar the attractive choice it is today. And, along the way, we’ve won multiple awards for innovation and excellence.
We are one of the five fastest growing green companies in New Zealand and are part of the government’s Focus 500 group of companies that make a significant contribution to the New Zealand economy. solarcity is 100% New Zealand owned and operated. We have financial backing from Sir Stephen Tindall’s K1W1 investment fund and the nation’s oldest private equity fund, Pencarrow PE.
Our engineering team provide world class consultancy and engineering services to architects, builders, governments and other solar companies.
What’s more, we’re in it 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 as we've installed more solar on Kiwi homes and businesses than any other solar company in NZ.
solarcity achieves carboNZero certification.
solarcity, with the government’s energy efficiency agency (EECA) and Nelson City Council, designs the innovative solarsaver scheme. It aims to encourage all New Zealand councils to embrace solar and to help protect their communities from the rising cost of electricity and climate change. The scheme uses an innovative rates-based financing mechanism to help homeowners spread the cost of going solar.
solarcity raises finance from EECA and the Tindall Foundation to develop solartrak, an innovative software platform to help communities track the energy and carbon savings solar hot water systems deliver.
solarcity funds a study to detail economic implications of sea level rise for coastal areas.
solarcity launches the Sustainable Energy Loan with Kiwibank. Winner of the Canstar Award. Company placed 5th in New Zealand's Top 50 Green Companies.
solarcity installs solar power systems on Genesis' Tomorrow Street, North Shore, Auckland - the first advanced energy neighbourhood in New Zealand.
Contract won to design and install solar on New Zealand's largest solar subdivision in Canterbury.
Completion of New Zealand's first Zero Energy Home.
solarcity partners with Panasonic and ABB to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels in the Pacific Islands.
solarcity selected to be on the government's solar advisory panel.
solarcity and Panasonic New Zealand win a series of tenders to power new desalination plants in the Pacific Islands for Hitachi.
Commence rollout of solarZero® - an innovative energy service aimed at helping homeowners to beat rising power prices and take control of their energy bills while helping the environment by using clean solar energy.
Completion of a self-sufficient solar power station in the Cook Islands to reduce reliance on diesel that was costing 60% of GDP.
Introduction of solarschools, a free education programme for schools.
Commence rollout of solarZero+® energy service offering homeowners the benefits of battery storage combined with a solar photovoltaic system, without the capital costs - a first for New Zealand.
Commence rollout of updated solarZero® energy service covering 100% of a home's energy use by teaming solar power with access to grid power at exclusive low rates.
Steve is a key advisor to the executive team and board and is focused on the future growth and scalability of solarcity. He has extensive financial management experience in the media, marketing and technology industries, gained from a variety of senior financial and management positions in New Zealand, Singapore, the UK and North America.
Prior to joining solarcity, Steve was Chief Financial Officer at VMob, a fast growing early stage Software-as-a-Service business. Listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, VMob was focused on end-to-end mobile personalisation and real-time, contextual analytics services. Steve holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Otago and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Maryanne Smith joined solarcity in early 2018 to head our sales, marketing and customer service departments in the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer.
With strong marketing experience, developed here and overseas, Maryanne is leading our high performance teams to create amazing experiences that our customers can love and trust. She is driven by the challenge of accelerating New Zealand’s transition to a clean energy future.
Maryanne spent seven years at Noel Leeming (owned by The Warehouse Group) with the core responsibility of delivering a seamless and consistent brand experience across all customer touch-points. She led the significant rebrand of Noel Leeming in 2014 and ran the marketing for all high-volume retail, brand and customer loyalty programmes. Prior to that, Maryanne was the Consumer Marketing Director with DFS (Duty Free Shoppers) Ltd for close to 10 years, based in Auckland and Hong Kong, managing highly diverse marketing capabilities across the globe.
Gareth leads the development of our solarZero platform that provides services to homeowners, business owners and lines companies. He has more than 20 years energy industry experience, with the last 10 years focussed on new energy technologies.
Prior to joining solarcity Gareth was managing director of Nexgen Energy Solutions, helping technology companies, government agencies, property developers and lines companies develop strategies to realise opportunities arising from new energy systems.
Gareth has had multiple senior leadership roles in the electricity industry across information technology, network management and strategy. He lives with his family in a fully off-grid home north of Auckland.
Eric has an extensive background in natural resource management and environmental issues. He says his focus has always been on sustainability. Prior to joining solarcity he was CEO of the New Zealand Wind Energy Association and most recently headed the Walking Access Commission.
Earlier in his career he led energy research policy at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology and had roles with Forest & Bird, WWF and the central government natural resources sector.
As our Director of Public Affairs and Policy Eric will be encouraging the widespread uptake of solar and batteries as New Zealand aims for a target of 100% renewable electricity by 2035.
Andrew was an international board director of Greenpeace. In 1992 he founded World Television and established it as Europe's largest IPTV communication group. With Reuters and CNN he launched the world's first international news feed on the environment and successfully floated the company on the London Stock Exchange.
Paul was the founding CFO of Sky Television where he helped lead its growth for 12 years to a market capitalisation of $2.2 billion and a NZ top 10 listed company with listings on the NZX, ASX and NASDAQ markets. He was CFO of Meridian Energy, and is currently a professional director.
Philippa is an Investment Director at Pencarrow and has over 15 years of experience in investment management. Prior to joining Pencarrow in 2012, Philippa was Head of Investments at Kiwibank, where she led the successful acquisition of Gareth Morgan Investments and was previously AMP Capital Investors' Chief Operating Officer.
Keith was the CEO of Meridian Energy for nine years from its establishment in 1999. He is now the Chairman of Fisher and Paykel Appliances, Deputy Chairman of Auckland International Airport, and a director of Chorus. Keith served as solarcity's Chairman for its first three years.
Emeritus Professor Arthur Williamson invested and commercialised the world's first flat sheet evacuated solar panel. A fellow of both the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry and the Institution of Professional Engineers, he was awarded the Graham Stevens Award for outstanding contributions to solar energy.
K1W1 has invested over $100 million seed and venture capital into a large number of start-up and early stage businesses from biotech, environmental technology, high tech, software, and other high export potential businesses.
Pencarrow is one of the most experienced private equity managers in New Zealand. It has a proven track record of delivering strong returns in a full range of economic conditions and portfolio cycles. Its investors include some of New Zealand's largest institutional investors including the government's super fund.