If you are already connected to electricity then you shouldn’t go off the grid, as there is no return on investment at this stage. If you are not connected to the grid and it is going to cost you more than $30,000 to become connected to the grid then we suggest you start looking into off-the-grid solutions.
It varies from home to home. We do a proper analysis of your power-bill & usage to decipher what size is best for you. It can be anywhere from 6-200 panels. (Although an average family home needs around 10).
A string inverter is one inverter that controls all of the panels, a micro inverter is an individual inverter that goes underneath each individual panel. We will work with you to see which inverter is best for your property.
Yes you do, however we organise this for you. Lines consent is a must for every network around NZ in order to obtain compliance and a new meter is required so that you can import and export power from the grid.
Do I have to pay for my new import/export meter?Creative Marketing2018-07-24T14:17:52+12:00
If you are with Mercury, Meridian, Trustpower, Genesis, Ecotricity, Contact Energy or Pulse then you do not need to change, if you are not, then you will need to change to one of the above companies who do support Solar.
What type of roof do you need? Does it have to be facing north?Creative Marketing2019-08-12T12:25:35+12:00
We work with nearly every roof, except for a couple of unique types. Tin, decramastic tiles and concrete tiles are ones we typically install on. We like to install as many of the panels on a north facing roof but if we only have an east or west roof to work with then that is also great for Solar.
We are only using lithium ion Batteries that come with a 10 year warranty. The Tesla Powerwall 2 Battery stores 14kW and is big enough for most homes. They have a price tag of $16,500 installed and including GST (as of 11/08/19)
We also have smaller batteries (4.8kW) that start at around $10,000 installed.
All of our batteries come with emergency power supply (EPS) which means that you have power in a power cut.
If it costs you more than $40,000 to get power connected to your house, then it may be a good idea to consider going off-grid completely. You need to have gas water, gas heating and gas cooking and you need to be willing to live a simple electrical life. No spa pools, electric blankets etc., unless you want to pay big dollars for it (think $100,000).
If you are already connected to the grid, then there is absolutely no return on your investment to go off grid.
You need to be willing to spend around $30-$50,000 to go off grid and live a simple electronic life. We only use high quality inverters and lithium ion batteries and are not willing to supply any other cheaper brands.
Our panels come with 25 to 30-year performance warranties, at 25 years they are still producing at 80% efficiency, so their life expectancy could be 40 years or more. Our inverters come with a 10-year warranty and their life expectancy is around 15-20 years.
Can I add more panels and a battery to my system at a later stage?Creative Marketing2019-08-12T12:15:46+12:00
Short answer, yes. However, we do not provide or recommend Solar hot water tubes/panels. Heating water directly on your roof is now considered old technology. There is a large amount of maintenance required for Solar hot water and in winter it sometimes leaves you with cold water.
We provide Solar Panels that produce POWER and we divert that power into your cylinder. This then powers the element within your cylinder, meaning that your hot water is now powered by electricity.
No problem. Remember that Solar Photovoltaic Panels provide Power to any appliance that requires electricity, so if you have a fridge, lights, tv’s, oven, washing machine, dishwasher, water-pump, spa pools etc., then Solar is for you!
If you have a hot water cylinder, then even better, we can power that as well!
If you are building a new home and are putting in Solar Power, then we recommend that you install a hot water cylinder or a hot water heat pump so that the Solar can power this. We cannot power Gas therefore you always will have a Gas bill no matter how much Solar and Batteries you put in.
We are now Mercury’s official resellers of Solar for the Central North Island. This means that if you go Solar with Ecoefficient Solutions and have Mercury as your power company and receive the GEM for Solar monitoring tool, then you have the option of getting paid 12c per kW exported.
How does the power get exported to the grid? What if I don’t want to export to the grid?Creative Marketing2019-08-12T12:08:58+12:00
You require an import/export meter which your power company will provide for you. This counts the amount of power that you import/export. The exported power is credited to you on your power-bill. In New Zealand, this is the ‘on-grid’ compliance requirements. We do not design the system for you to be making money off your panels by exporting back to the grid, but you will naturally feed power back to the grid if you have excess (think long summer days where you are at the beach and your house is powered and your battery is full – excess has to go somewhere!)
How much does solar cost for an average sized house?Creative Marketing2019-08-12T11:50:02+12:00
It doesn’t matter about the size of your home, it matters about the size of your power-bill and the type of appliances you are running. If you have a $200 monthly power-bill then you probably need around 8-12 Solar Panels (2-4kW), this costs around $8,000-$12,000 installed on-grid (this depends on your installation).
If you have a Battery that has emergency power supply (EPS) then you will have power available to some appliances. You can choose what appliances you would like in a power-cut. If you only have Solar and no Battery, then you will also have no power like everyone else.
The Solar Panels produce a direct current of electricity (DC), this then needs to go to an inverter which changes the current to usable power, alternating current (AC). The inverter then sends the power to the household appliances which provides electricity to them (think dishwasher, washing machine, fridges etc.), any excess power goes back to the grid, which you get a small credit of anywhere between 5 & 12c per kW exported.
If you don’t have a Battery, then you will pull the power from the grid. This is automatic, and you won’t know when this is happening. If you have a Battery, then you will power your home from the Battery. If your Battery is empty, then you will put from the grid automatically.