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Waiheke gets greener with solar

Photo by Brendon O'Hagan

Waiheke residents have a reputation for being green and now their island has just got a bit greener.

This month we’ve installed a solar energy system on Waiheke Pātaka Kōrero, the Waiheke community library, which will reduce the island’s carbon emissions by about 100 tonnes over the next 25 years. To give you an idea of how much that is you'd need to plant more than 2000 urban trees and let them grow for a decade to absorb that much of CO2.

The library is a stunning building and we’re really pleased to have been able to enhance it with our state of the art solar system – although you’ll never see them all unless you’re flying over the top which is how we got our photo.

Making New Zealand powered 100% on renewable energy is one of the tangible things we can do fight climate change and put a natural cap on the price of power Solar energy is a safe, reliable and will never run out whereas burning fossil fuels to create energy is polluting the air we breathe and making our weather more extreme.

And going solar is good for the environment and good for the wallet. As well as reducing carbon emissions the library solar system is also going to save the council about $167,000 in power bills over its 25-year lifetime.

While the council has chosen to buy the system outright the most popular way to go solar in New Zealand right now is our solarZero programme. It gives homeowners the choice of buying solar power from their rooftops without the cost of buying a system. You pay a fixed monthly fee for solar power while solarcity pays for the panels, installation, maintenance and insurance.

The solarZero plan allows you to lock in a fixed price for some of your daytime power at a price below today’s electricity prices. Those savings could add up to thousands of dollars if the cost of grid power continues to go up. In the past 20 years that’s been a staggering 153%.

To celebrate the library going solar we’ve got a special solarZero promotion for Waiheke residents running from now until the end of July.

One out of every three Kiwis who go solar use our solarZero programme which has been modelled on  the US where 70% of the homes going solar in California, Arizona and Colorado choose to buy power rather than the panels. We know Kiwis want to do that, too. 

There’s never been a better time to go solar.