How solar energy services works

Just one hour of the sun’s energy could provide enough electricity to power the world for a year.

We're unlocking the abundance of solar for New Zealand and New Zealanders. We believe our nation should be powered 100% by renewable energy. We’re making that possible for homeowners with our solarZero® energy service. Now is the time for all of us to work together to build a more sustainable New Zealand.

 

How our solarZero® energy service works

How our solarZero® energy service works

  1. A battery comes as standard with our solarZero® energy service. We own and manage this technology which includes one full battery replacement during the term of the agreement, at no extra cost to you.
  2. As part of our solar installation we wire your hot water cylinder so it can be switched on and off with the solarZero® app at times that make the most of your solar energy and reduce your grid power use.
  3. We have a team of energy advisors that work with you to help reduce your overall energy costs. We provide you with a personalised energy plan and regular updates to maximise your solar use and improve your home's energy efficiency.
  4. Our solarZero® app allows you to monitor your home's energy use, solar generation and keeps track of how much energy your battery has stored. We also monitor the system for you.
  5. We own and manage the solar panels we install on your roof. That means you don't pay any product or installation costs for the technology, including the battery.
  6. The solarZero® app works on your smartphone, tablet or computer, allowing you to monitor and control energy use in your home remotely.
  7. We manage the system for you for 20 years. This includes repairs and any necessary upgrades.
  8. solarZero® gives you access to exclusive wholesale spot prices for 100% renewable electricity. Plus, our buyback price guarantee ensures that when you sell solar power you’re paid the same rate it costs you to buy energy, excluding network charges and GST.

Key benefits of solarZero®

Our solarZero® energy service covers all of your home's electricity needs by providing clean solar power and giving you access to wholesale spot prices for 100% renewable electricity when solar needs topping up.

  • Reduce your energy costs. Provides protection from power prices that have increased by more than 130% over the past 20 years.
  • No maintenance.
  • Combines clean solar energy and battery storage with carbonZero certified electricity to help reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Helps protect the environment and shift NZ towards 100% renewable energy.
  • solarZero® app monitors and controls your home's energy use. Schedule your hot water cylinder water and selected appliances connected to smart plugs, to switch on and off at times that make the most of your solar energy.
  • Access to wholesale spot prices for 100% renewable electricity. That means you buy electricity at a price that's cheaper than the traditional power companies offer.

FAQs

Will my home still have power when there is a power cut?

You will. Our solarZero® energy service is a real game changer as it includes battery storage as standard. Luckily for you the battery will automatically continue to power some key circuits in your home during a power cut. Typically those circuits will include your kitchen and lounge so that you have lighting and can use low energy use appliances like your fridge, computers, router and TV.

What happens if the solar system produces more power than I can use in my home?

Surplus solar power is stored in the battery so you can use it whenever you want. If the solar system is still generating when the battery is fully charged, the surplus power will be exported to the grid. One of the advantages of the solarZero® service is that our buyback guarantee ensures that when you sell solar power you’re paid the same rate it costs you to buy energy, excluding network charges and GST. Plus, the battery is programmed to buy and sell power at times that deliver the best rates for you.