Announcement of New Zealand’s largest solar subdivision in Canterbury

New Zealand's largest solar subdivision is on its way to Canterbury, supplying home owners with about a quarter of a typical home's energy needs.

Maxim Projects Ltd, one of Canterbury's developers leading the rebuilding of Christchurch, today announced a new partnership with Meridian Energy and solarcity to build New Zealand's largest subdivision utilising solar energy.

The solar installations will be made available as standard for each new home constructed by Maxim at its 2,200 section Highfield subdivision in northwest Christchurch. Additionally, solar installations will be available across Maxim's full 3,500 lot property portfolio, the company confirms. Each solar installation will provide around a quarter of a typical home's energy needs.

The Maxim Group of companies has earned a reputation as one of the leaders of New Zealand's new generation of design build construction companies. Maxim's focus on design build development and construction of land and building projects emphasises the proactive application of leading design principles and work practices in every project.

Roy Hamilton, Director of Maxim Projects said, "Maxim is proud of its LifetimeCare commitment. Our developments are already some of the first in New Zealand to carry the government's LifeMark credentials and our homes will now be built with electricity supplied by Meridian (New Zealand's largest renewable energy generator) and will be the first to be fitted with the latest in solar technology. We are aiming to make our developments centres of excellence across the nation and we are committed to leading the way by building the nation's first solar subdivision."

Andrew Booth, CEO of solarcity said, "The solar across Maxim's developments will showcase the important role solar will play in rebuilding a more sustainable future for Canterbury. It's fantastic that such a progressive and world class development leads the way, powered by 21st Century energy. Solar is one of the fastest growing energy technologies in the world, simply because it is clean, reliable and a readily available alternative to fossil fuels."

"Homeowners will see massive benefits of these new solar systems, as they will provide at least one quarter of the power needed to run their homes," he said. "The systems will also allow power to be fed back into the grid, further reducing the daily running of their properties."

Local Christchurch firm EnaSolar will be manufacturing the solar inverters used in the solar technology solution in the Maxim Project development.

Gary Foot, Managing Director of Enatel/EnaSolar said, "There is a growing demand for solar technologies from consumers and industry professionals, and we are elated that Maxim Projects has decided to include solar energy in their development.

"This requires real vision and innovation on their part and a project of this scale will clearly become the 'bench mark' for the building industry and consumers alike wishing to adopt solar energy, not just in Christchurch but throughout New Zealand," he said.

"I am thrilled that Maxim Projects have the broad thinking to offer solar as a standard feature in their new homes," Foot added.

"The Canterbury rebuild is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate that companies like ours are ready, willing and able to offer the professional support that is required for commercial and consumer domestic renewable solutions. And with the need to support local employment and local projects such as the Highfield development, our business is geared to supply the demand."

Bill Highet, Meridian Energy's General Manager Retail, is proud of Meridian's involvement in the project. "This partnership builds on the solar hot water campaign we launched in July that aims to help our customers reduce their electricity bills while also helping the country reduce its carbon emissions. It also means we can help rebuild Canterbury, supporting our communities for generations to come."