Frequently Asked Questions
Have some questions about going solar? Let’s get into some of the frequently asked questions about getting a rooftop solar energy system for your New Zealand home.
How much does it cost?
How much will I save?
How much you save with solar energy on your home depends on many factors. You can go 100% solar, and offset your entire bill, or you can stay connected to the grid with just part of your energy coming from solar. Compare your current average power company bill with potential financing deals and you’ll likely find that your monthly payment will be lower with solar from Day 1, and will eventually be eliminated completely once your system is paid off.
What’s my ROI?
Calculating your return on investment depends on how much of your energy comes from solar, the price you were paying for energy before your solar energy system is installed, and how long you plan to stay in your home. The typical system will last up to 25 years, while most financing will pay it off in just seven, leaving you with 100% free energy for the remainder of your solar energy system’s life.
Will solar work for my home?
New Zealand is a great place for solar energy, but whether or not your home is a good fit depends on a few factors. You’ll need a quote from a qualified solar energy installer to determine where your solar panels can collect the most energy, and how much energy your home requires and can generate with your system.
Do I stay with my current power provider?
There are two ways to go solar. You can be 100% off the grid with a complete solar energy system that includes battery storage and backup solutions. Or you can power part or all of your home while still being connected to the grid as a backup, or for when your system isn’t generating enough energy. If you’re grid tied, you may not need as much battery storage as if you were totally off grid, but how much is up to your unique needs.
Will solar technology become outdated quickly?
While there have been many developments in solar energy over the last decade, much of that has gone to making the same parts more affordably. A solar energy system built with today’s technology can last you up to 25 years. And while newer models may come and go, your home and your power will be yours to own for as long as possible.
Should I buy into solar energy now or wait a few years?
Prices for solar energy systems have been declining in New Zealand over the last five years, but recently we have plateaued. Consider how much you are overpaying in traditional energy to your power company, and compare that to the monthly cost of going solar and you’ll see that it’s possible for the savings to start right away. The sooner you go solar, the sooner your energy will pay for itself!