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 solar in their home and will help Hawke’s Bay to be carbon neutral by 2040 (beating the NZ government’s goal of 2050). Terms & conditions apply –  read more here.

 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.

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

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

You could save approximately $120 per month, with the repayments being around the same amount. This means that for the life of your loan, solar is a cost neutral decision and your monthly repayment will 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.

You make a monthly repayment by direct debit.

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

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

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 solar is right for you – fill in the form below for a free quote.