Being proactive in powering your home with clean, safe, renewable solar energy deserves to be rewarded. That’s why Choice Energy will guarantee the power your residential solar system will generate.
First, we’ll check that solar is the right solution for your situation.
Is solar a feasible energy source for you?
Solar is not a feasible energy solution for everyone. For example, if you’re not home much during daylight, the solar power your home generates will go back into the grid. That means there is no real return on your investment.
If a solar energy solution for your home is not going to give you benefits, we’ll call it out. Our relationship doesn’t have to end there. We can look at another solution for you to reduce your energy bills.
Contact Choice Energy for a free residential solar assessment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Solar in New Zealand
What size system do I need?
Your system size will depend largely on how your household uses daytime energy.
For example, if you have young kids and work, you might find your household is empty for the morning, but home and busy in the afternoons, so a small kW system might better suit.
Likewise, if you’re a retiree or work from home, you’ll find yourself home for most of the day, and a larger system may work to erase a higher percentage of your grid energy use.
We can go over your needs together at your free solar feasibility assessment to discover what works best for you.
How does solar power work?
Put simply, PV panels (short for ‘photovoltaic’) are installed onto your roof or on brackets, where they are exposed to sunlight.
The panel is then connected to an inverter, which looks a little like an electricity meter box.
When sunlight hits the cells of the PV panels, electrons are loosened and move around.
The electrons are then captured and start to move in the same direction around a circuit, generating what is known as a Direct Current (DC).
This current moves down the cabling to your inverter, where it is then converted into an Alternating Current (AC), the kind of power that can be used to power your home!
Is solar power dangerous?
Like all forms of power, it can be dangerous when managed by the wrong people, or installed by non certified businesses.
Incidences of house fires caused by solar panels are mainly due to criminal activity committed by businesses fraudulently claiming to be reputable.
Contrary to the myths, solar panels do not cause fires, and will not explode when dropped.
Do I need a battery?
Solar batteries allow you to store the energy made during the day, and utilise it in the evening.
A solar system does not require a battery in order to run, and will provide energy while the sun is shining.
You will only need a battery if you wish to store this energy for use later. You can learn more about solar power batteries here.
Can you add more panels or battery storage to my solar power system?
Your ability to add more panels or a battery to your existing solar system depends on a range of factors.
For instance, you’ll need to ensure suitable panels are still available, get the appropriate approvals from your distributor, and ensure the new set up meets New Zealand standards. Requirements for doing so may change state to state.
What many clients opt to do when wanting more power is add a second system side by side, or in another optimal position, to their existing system.
This may change your feed-in tariff, so we suggest having a discussion with one of our energy experts on 0800 304 448 to discuss.
What you can expect from Choice Energy
Your expert energy management consultant will explore solar system options based on your household needs. The right solar system options are those that balance your investment with optimal benefits.
A Choice Energy residential solar solution includes:
- Tier 1 solar components backed by market leading warranties
- Compensation each day the solar inverter is down (and a swift replacement!)
- Finding you the best buy-back tariffs
- Financial solutions structured to suit your cash flow needs.
If you’re one of our customers, expect to hear from us every month.