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On becoming the first solar company to achieve carboNZero certification

Christchurch-based solarcity is New Zealand’s only all-in-one solar power company, and started working with the carboNZero programme in 2010, in order to achieve the programme’s internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification. It has now become the first solar power company in the world to achieve this specific carboNZero certification for their organisational activities.

As part of their certification solarcity will try to reduce their GHG emissions further, through activities such as cutting air mileage by using Skype and IP Telephony, introducing personal travel reduction targets and changing fleet cars to reduce fuel consumption.

Andrew Booth, CEO of solarcity New Zealand Ltd, says he is thrilled that a New Zealand solar company has been the first to achieve the rigorous certification requirements.

“Achieving the carboNZero certification is important to us, as it reinforces the company’s commitment to practicing what we preach,” he says. “As part of what we do, we are always encouraging people to be energy efficient by using solar panels in their homes and businesses, so to achieve carboNZero certification is the ultimate verification for us.”

Booth encourages other businesses to follow suit and become certified as well.

“We’re very excited to be the first solar power company in the country to do this, but more importantly I hope others will follow our lead and look at the carboNZero programme as a way of keeping their carbon footprint down.”