The Energy Smart Home
How renovating with solar can save you money
As property prices continue to increase throughout Christchurch, more homeowners are choosing to renovate and experts say if they include solar in their plans, they should be able to save thousands.
With the introduction of solarZero, a first of its kind $0-down solar plan, the ability to go solar and save money on power is now firmly within reach of all homeowners.
Launched by New Zealand’s leading solar power company, solarcity, homebuilders and renovators can now have solar panels installed on their roof without having to pay for the panels or installation.
“SolarZero marks a major step in the drive towards making solar more affordable for Christchurch residents while delivering a fairer price for power in the long term,” says solarcity founder and CEO, Andrew Booth.
“SolarZero sets a price for power generated from your roof at a rate below what is being paid by the power companies; in Christchurch that price is estimated to be up to 30 percent cheaper.
“Our goal is to build a solar power station one roof at a time, giving Cantabrians the option to buy cheaper, cleaner power that won’t chop and change as lines maintenance or transporting costs go up,” Andrew says.
“SolarZero is fixed for 20 years, giving people who are busy with families and cannot afford the upfront cost of solar panels certainty about a big chunk of their power bill.”
For the best results during building/renovations, solarcity recommends involving solar experts. This will help identify how many solar panels are needed to power the house and what direction they should face – a north facing position is best.
Solar panels, mounting hardware, cables and an inverter will then be connected to the roof, which can be completed within a day. Planning an installation as part of a new build or renovation ensures a clean seamless install without the need for external cables to run down the outside of the house.
“SolarZero ticks a lot of boxes for homebuilders and renovators; you can achieve a higher HomeStar rating, reduce your household spend and contribute to a sustainable future for the next generation.”
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