Add the cost of Solar Power to your Regional Council rates!

Did you know that you can add the cost of solar to your Regional Council rates?

Did you know that you can add the cost of solar to your Regional Council rates?

Hawkes Bay Regional Council (HBRC) wants to improve the healthiness of your home through a program called the ‘Sustainable Homes Program’. This program provides loans to ratepayers to install hot water heat pumps in their home and will help Hawke’s Bay to be carbon neutral by 2040 (beating the NZ government’s goal of 2050).

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The savings on your power bill should almost match what you’re repaying the council back each month – making solar a no-brainer decision for most homeowners!

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about solar installation.

  • Why should I install solar?

    The main reasons homeowners install solar is to reduce their power bill, add value to their home, and to help out the environment.

  • Will solar help me save money?

    Solar could benefit you financially if any of the following apply:

    • Your power bill is more than $200 per month
    • You have a hot water cylinder
    • You have a spa pool or swimming pool
    • You are home during the day
  • How much will I save money if I install Solar?

    Savings vary from home to home but check out this page to find out more – https://ecoefficient.co.nz/what-do-i-save/. For the life of your loan, solar can be a cost neutral decision and your monthly repayment can be close to what you are saving! Once your loan is paid back you’ll save even more. Of course, every situation is different so please get in touch for a free quote.

  • How long will it take me to pay back the HBRC loan for solar installation?

    The HBRC loan scheme is over a 10-year period.

  • How do I pay the HBRC loan back?

    You make a monthly repayment by direct debit.

  • Does the HBRC charge for this loan service?

    HBRC charges a 4% interest which is included in the monthly repayments.

  • What happens if I sell my house before the loan is paid off?

    If you sell your house, you’ll have to pay the loan back upon house settlement.

  • What is solar?

    A Solar Photovoltaic system harness the sun’s free energy and reduces your power bill. This is performed through solar panels which create power from light generated by the sun during the daytime. The panels produce energy which is transferred through an inverter to create electricity which can be used by all electrical appliances in your house. It’s important to note that it doesn’t need to be hot to produce solar energy – just light.

  • Find out if going solar is right for you

    Fill in the form below for a free quote.