Harness the sun’s free energy, generate your own electricity to heat and light your home
Reducing your carbon footprint
Despite most of our electricity coming from renewable energy in New Zealand, all power companies are using some form of non-renewable energy generation and even with renewables there is still a draw on resources that are creating some form of carbon footprint.
You can very quickly reduce your own emissions with a solar power system, drawing on this free natural resource from the sun that can be used to power your electrical energy requirements in your home or business.
By utilising the power you have generated, you immediately start saving money off your electricity bill, and we all know that the retail electricity sector is only going to keep on increasing their charge rates so this saving can only ever get better and better.
If your system is grid connected, you will also receive some credit for any unused power that is redirected to the grid.
Independence from the power companies
A battery system can provide some independence from retail electricity providers and their rising prices. It can be especially useful if grid connected electricity is disconnected for any reason, such as a weather related or infrastructure event. You do not have to be totally ‘off grid’ to enjoy this advantage, but it is reassuring to know you have this ability if required.
Different Types of Installations
Grid Connected System
Your solar panels are connected to an inverter that will feed any power usage connected to your system, with any unused requirement sent to the national power grid via your retail electricity provider. Unfortunately they will only credit you with up to 8 cents per KWh for any power fed back to them. Our recommendation would be to utilise as much as possible from your grid connected system when it is generating power, for example; add timers to your dishwasher, washing machine, hot water, etc so they can be utilising any of that free power you are generating, reducing the amount you are purchasing from your electricity retailer as much as possible.
Hybrid Grid Connected Battery System
Your solar panels are connected to an inverter that will feed generated power to your appliances, with any excess energy generated stored in your batteries, that can be utilised later on, and any excess energy beyond that will only then be sent to the grid.
Off Grid System
Totally independent from the power grid, this option will suit, usually out of necessity, where access to the grid is not possible. To be totally independent, calculation of potential usage and the corresponding capacity of your solar array will be crucial. Being totally reliant on sunshine hours to generate power, it is typical for installations such as these to be also backed up with a generator if required.