Solar and battery storage - a winning combination

Our groundbreaking solarZero+ energy service is in the running for a major award.

This week solarcity was announced as one of the finalists in the Renewables Innovation category of the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.

We launched our solarZero+ energy service at the start of this year in partnership with Panasonic making us the first company in New Zealand to offer residential consumers an affordable battery storage and solar photovoltaic (PV) solution by removing the capital cost.

Homeowners buy clean, affordable solar energy, generated on their roof by a system that is owned and managed by us. They simply pay a monthly energy services fee, guaranteed not to rise for the next 20 years, for energy services providing solar power and improved energy efficiency. This can help protect them from rising power prices over the long term.

By integrating solar panels, battery storage, energy monitoring and support, we’ve created a set-and-forget energy system that maximises solar use and makes it easy for homeowners to buy cheaper power day and night. It also offers the security of a backup electricity supply for a few critical devices if the grid goes down.

Additionally, battery storage reduces the demand on the grid during peak periods, helping remove the need for fossil fuels that generate about 65% of Auckland’s electricity(1).

All our solarZero+ systems are registered on the Transpower demand response network which enables our customers through solarcity to trade power alongside the bigger energy companies so they can be rewarded for managing when and how they use electricity.

solarZero+ builds on the our innovative solarZero energy service that was launched in February 2015 to encourage the uptake of solar by removing the large upfront costs and to help New Zealand shift to 100% renewable energy. Without battery storage, solar is best suited to homes using power during the day. With that limit removed, solarZero+ has doubled the addressable market for solar.

The winners of the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards will be announced on November 17, so fingers crossed.

1) “Low Carbon Auckland” March 2014 Auckland council p33