Solar Power Systems & PV Panels
We supply and install solar power systems and solar hot water systems throughout the Wellington region, either as grid-connected or stand-alone systems.
The solar power industry has seen gradual price reductions of the panels while the price of power has continued to rise and the tipping point has crossed over for many where it is now a better investment to get power from your own panels rather than the power company.
Some typical solar power installations, where bigger savings can be made, are rural stand alone or beach houses – buildings where you are not there often, but are still paying a line charge.
Over a ten year period, line charges can mount up to $4000 at today’s prices. The catch is, you need to have a north facing roof and sufficient area to install the panels. The installation is fairly simple just requiring a connection to the fuse board. Any surplus power can be sold back to the supplier in the case of two suppliers at a set rate.
It is best to reduce your power consumption.
We can do a $49.99 electrical energy audit which should save you money and pay for it self in a very short time.
If hot water is something you want to save on but dont want to spend lots on solar panels or solar water heating the a Heat Pump water heater is an option too.
Most domestic installations are straight forward. We do have some more complex systems that can turn off outlets in the building that are not likely to be required. Eg TV outlets are usually not required 1am through to say 6am and so the usual standby power is saved.
These systems are not standard as they require batteries.
We can set up systems to provide backup power in the event of power cut. These systems can switch over automatically in less than a second to provide power from batteries.
Going It Alone with Solar Power
For those requiring a standalone system from the grid then batteries are required. For example rural systems where the cost of running cables to the grid is excessive or too hard. Or you just want to be independent.
Is Wellington Suitable for PV Panels?
Power is generated from the conversion of Ultra Violet light into electricity. Germany is considered the leader with a higher uptake than most other countries with some days producing half their power using solar panels and Italy not far behind. Wellington is considered to have more Ultra Violet light than most parts of Germany.
What’s an Ideal Situation?
If you have a low line charge or daily charge and a high per kW hour charge and we can replace some of that expensive electricity with a PV Solar panel the return will be fairly high. It depends on the power plan that you have. Some Wellington account holders are paying over 50c per kilo Watt.
You have spare cash earning interest at the bank on which you are being taxed. Solar panels have the effect of earning money with no tax. Thats no PAYE and no GST tax.
What’s Not Ideal?
A building with a small roof area, a shaded roof, not facing north, a low power rate. You dont use any power during the day. Your roof is very high off the ground. Its extremely windy or pummeled by the sea.