Our vision is to get solar to everyone by delivering savings and certainty for households, businesses, the environment and the children of tomorrow.
solarcity is a business with a purpose: to make a big difference in the fight against climate change. We are driven by four key values that together enable us to realise our vision.
1. CUSTOMER ZEALOTS
We design everything in our business to put customers first.
We work to create amazing experiences.
We work tirelessly to earn our customers' referral business.
2. ZERO IMPACT
We are committed to 100% renewable energy for New Zealand.
We are a carboNZero company.
We are leading the way in paperless customer interactions.
We deeply value and respect those we work with and keep each other safe.
We are transparent in our communications.
4. ZEN FOCUS
We value deliberate simplicity over complexity.
Our system is our process.
If it moves, we measure it.
Credentials are earned through consistency of focus, passion and drive over the test of time. solarcity is committed to helping New Zealand shift to 100% renewable energy.
We are in this business for a purpose. Our stance on the environment is unerring. Doing what's best for the planet and the children of tomorrow is central to every decision we make. We are one of the top five fastest growing green companies in New Zealand. And our commitment is to help our nation increase its energy independence and become 100% renewable.
“carboNZero certification demonstrates to solarcity’s stakeholders that their carbon neutrality is fact as they have been assessed to the most rigorous standards for measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions.” - Dr Ann Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Enviro-Mark Solutions.
The carboNZero programme offers two world class greenhouse gas certification schemes - carbonNZero certification and CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme). Both certification options are transparent, based on a scientific footprint measurement aligned with international best practice standards (ISO 14064-1).
solarcity is the only solar energy services company in New Zealand to have achieved carboNZero accreditation. This means we measure and minimise our greenhouse gas emissions. Our low carbon thinking extends to all areas of our business from the products we use to the way we run our offices. For example, we’ve chosen to use solar panels that are quick to repay the amount of energy it took to produce them. And, whenever we can, we group our installations by location to keep those transport emissions as low as possible. From t-shirts to inverters we make every effort to choose products that are from ethically and environmentally preferred suppliers.
Any carbon emissions that we are unable to eliminate are offset by the purchase of carbon credits from the Hinewai Reserve, on Banks Peninsula in Canterbury, effectively making solarcity and our installations carbon neutral.
carboNZero is the first greenhouse gas scheme in the world to be internationally accredited to ISO 14065. The programme was developed from over 15 years of expert scientific research at Landcare Research, a Crown Research Institute owned by the New Zealand Government. Today it is recognised in over 50 major economies and can be applied as a best practice standard across business operations ensuring consistency of emissions measurement, credibility of reduction activity and assurance of market claims.
We strive for the highest social and environmental goals. In doing so, we aim to influence all those we meet and work with throughout our business activities. Sustainability is core to our organisation and therefore all our employees have a responsibility to ensure we meet our commitments and objectives:
We apply a continuous improvement approach to our business practices and are always searching for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment.
Specific activities we adopt to protect the environment are: