The Solar Process

Solar panels harness the sun’s free energy and reduce your power bills! The upkeep costs are minimal too. Unlike other renewable energy options with moving parts that tend to break (think turbines needed for wind or hydropower), a static solar system is low maintenance. Even better, solar batteries automatically kick in during a power cut to instantly restore energy, reduce your down time and give independence from the national grid.

We tailor-design your solar system specific to your energy requirements. You can purchase as many solar panels as you need and add to it later if you wish.
Solar panels will also… reduce your carbon footprint with a completely renewable source of energy and cater for areas with lower sunshine hours.

It is important to most that you are adding value to your home, which you are! But you are also attaining at least a 10% return on your investment.

Did you know that there were over 4,000 solar installations in NZ in 2018? It is very exciting times for the solar industry as a whole.

  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels are typically installed on your roof which is either North, East or West
  • A DC (Direct Current) is produced from these panels, so this needs to be changed to AC (Alternating Current)
  • Your Solar Inverter will invert this DC current to AC current
  • We have many types of inverters we can provide but will make a recommendation depending on your needs and your property
  • If you don’t have a solar battery, we can make your inverter battery-ready in case you decide on one later
  • The power from the inverter is then distributed around your powered appliances. Anything that is running at that moment in time will suck up your solar power.
  • Solar always comes first, the grid will help your appliances out if your Solar is not producing enough power and with the use of timers, it can be pushed into various appliances in your property, e.g., your hot water cylinder or spa pool.
  • You don’t necessarily have to be home during the day to experience the benefits of solar power.
  • If there is any excess power and you have a battery system, then the power is diverted into the battery
  • If there is any excess power once the battery and home is happy, then this is sent back to the grid (for which you get a small credit of about 4-8c per kW for OR if you choose Mercury as your power company and Ecoefficient Solutions as your solar provider, then you can get the option of a 12c buy-back from the grid)

How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?


Why should you go Solar?

  • You can reduce your power-bill from anywhere from 40-85%
  • You get around a 10% return on your investment
  • You gain independence from the power companies, and with power rates going up by 5% per year you can feel assured you are making the right commitment in Solar
  • You can have power available to you in a power cut (only if you have batteries)
  • You are reducing your carbon footprint with a completely renewable source of energy
  • It adds value to your home (around 1.25% on the initial investment)
  • You get at least a 10% return on your investment with solar alone

You can always add more solar panels and a battery to your system at a later date if you wish to. It’s better to get on the Solar bandwagon now, then not at all.


Why Photovoltaic Solar Panels?

To get the best payback from solar PV, you need to use as much of the solar power as possible as it is generated. Some of the power used in morning and evening peaks can be shifted. Using timers to delay and stagger appliances could be one solution. Another is switching electric water heating to come on during the day. We can provide timers and controllers to help you execute this.

Different types of solar panels work in different ways, but when the sun shines on your solar photovoltaic (PV) system, electrons within the solar cells start to move around. This forms an electric current, which is collected by circuits within the cells.

PV cells were originally developed for use in space, where repair is extremely expensive, if not impossible. PV still powers nearly every satellite circling the earth because it operates reliably for long periods of time with virtually no maintenance.

Why Use Our PV Solar Panels?

  • We insist on using Trina Tier 1 solar panels, renowned for their technical attributes & high quality. Trina is a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) technology & sustainability practices & has been endorsed by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
  • A Tier 1 solar panel is made by a manufacturer that has been rated in the top category by a reputable independent PV industry analyst. This means that the manufacturer performs at the highest level in areas like durability & quality, technical performance, service & support, financial stability & manufacturing scale.
  • We insist on using high-quality solar panels that are designed in Germany.
  • The companies we work with are reputable, well-established & quality-managed.
  • The panels are specifically designed for tough Australasian conditions – certified to withstand high winds, heavy snow, coastal salt & in the case of Rotorua, ammonia.
  • As testament to their reliability & longevity, they come with an industry-leading 25-year warranty.
  • Our range includes powerful 320 watt panels.
  • We provide free quotes & promise not to sell you more solar products than you need!
  • We have been chosen as the official Central North Island distributor for Mercury Solar. So you deal with our small, personable company, with the added benefit of technical support from a large corporate that has installed hundreds of commercial solar systems throughout NZ & the Pacific. We give you the option to retain your regular energy provider or choose Mercury & receive extra rewards.

Product Information

Photovoltaic Panels (PV)
  • We only supply Tier 1 panels
  • They are rated Number 1 and Number 2 in the world
  • They are the most bankable panels currently
  • 25-30 year warranties on panels
  • Frameless panels are available
  • Bifacial panels now available – produce power from both sides of the panel
  • Ranging up to 320 watt panels
  • Anti-reflective coating improves light absorption and reduces surface dust
  • Excellent performance in low-light irradiance environments – Dannevirke we are talking to you!
  • Certified to withstand high wind and snow loads
  • High salt mist and ammonia resistance

*Solar panels for sale are designed for New Zealand conditions. We offer a complete range of solar solar power installation services in Napier, Hastings, Hawkes Bay and the Lower North Island.

  • We supply both micro inverters and string inverters
  • We can offer Fronius, SMA, SolaX & Enphase
  • The inverters warranties range from 10-20 years
  • We can offer single, two or three phase systems
  • We can future proof you with our inverters to be battery ready and/or to add more panels in the future if you wish
  • You can be provided with daily production & consumption data
Tigo Optimisers
  • Interested in a string inverter but have a slight shading problem? We have a solution for you!
  • Optimisers can be added onto individual solar PV panels that experience shading throughout the day, this helps to ‘localise’ that panel. Ultimately, this stops it from affecting the production on any of the other panels in that array.
  • Adding a few optimisers to your system is a more affordable option compared to getting micro inverters
  • Most people don’t realise that if one panel in a string solar power system is shaded and therefore performing poorly, all of the other modules it shares within a ‘string’ will be restricted too. If one panel is shaded and only operating at 50%, then all the panels it its string will only operate at 50% too.
  • Solar panel optimisation will fix this! We can add optimisers onto individual panels that are shaded by things like vent pipes, TV aerials and chimneys, to ensure they can pass the maximum current despite being in shadow.
  • This prevents them dragging down the production of the other panels in that array.
  • The fact that they only need to be attached to the affected module/s, as opposed to all of them, saves you money and is a more affordable option than investing in micro inverters.
  • We can provide usage and consumption monitoring tools for you
  • Consumption monitoring costs can range from $500-$1000 installed, however we can offer these monitoring tools via Mercury for no extra costs if you choose Mercury as your power provider
  • If you don’t want Mercury as your power provider, then that’s not a problem, we have more monitoring tools available for you too
  • This data is very helpful for you when you are deciding whether to extend your array or add a battery to your system