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Knowledge Hub

We're here to help with your solar questions.

With expert knowledge in mind, we’ve created the Solar Knowledge Hub. It is here we explore the benefits of solar power, how solar systems work, renewable energy innovations such as electric vehicles, off-grid tips, the latest solar energy news from around the world and the ways in which it affects our local community.

Take a look around and check back regularly – we’re always trying to help spread the word, so there’s regularly something new posted here.

  • Is it worth going off-grid?
    Is it worth going off-grid?
    Ever considered embracing complete energy freedom and going off-grid? It’s a dream many share and one that’s both exciting and challenging to achieve. With an off-grid setup, your solar panels soak up sunlight, converting it into electricity. This power is used in the home, or stored in batteries ready for use ... Read more
  • Is it worth installing solar in Nelson?
    Is it worth installing solar in Nelson?
    In our experience, people have three main reasons for installing solar: Saving money Reducing environmental impact Increasing self-sufficiency So, how well does installing solar in Nelson stack up against these three motivations? Will installing solar in Nelson save me money? Electricity prices continue to rise; in Nelson, we currently pay an average of $0.31 per kWh. ... Read more
  • Is it worth installing a battery?
    Is it worth installing a battery?
    Hands down you will have a better solar experience by having a battery as part of your setup. You will be more self-sufficient, feel secure in a power outage and also be able to ‘game the system’ by buying power when it’s cheap and using the battery when it’s expensive. In ... Read more
  • Is my home suitable for solar panels?
    Is my home suitable for solar panels?
    Do you use electricity? Do you have a roof (not essential)? The answer is probably yes, in which case solar is likely suitable for your home. Solar panels don’t need much to operate beyond plenty of natural light.  Most people want their solar panels on their roof, so that is the main consideration ... Read more
  • Top 3 reasons to get solar
    Top 3 reasons to get solar
    After years of installation experience, we’ve found there are three main reasons why people get solar.  1. To reduce your energy bills Tired of watching your power bills get higher and higher? Installing solar can help! Solar saves you money by allowing you to produce your own electricity in the home. Any solar ... Read more
  • What size solar system do I need?
    What size solar system do I need?
    Solar system size varies depending on several factors. In this article, we discuss the process for determining the right size for you. First, you should consider why you are getting solar. Your motive guides your system design. It might be to reduce your energy bill, shrink your carbon footprint or ... Read more
  • 8 ways to optimise your solar
     8 ways to optimise your solar
    As we head into Spring and enjoy longer days, it’s a good time to check you are getting the most out of your solar system and ensure it is performing at its peak. Check out these eight super simple tips to crank up your solar savings! 1. Use timers so your appliances ... Read more
  • How long do solar panels last?
    How long do solar panels last?
    How long solar panels will last is an important factor to understand when considering solar, and we know there are a lot of myths out there. As solar panels have no moving parts, there is very little that can ‘fail’. This means solar panels can last for decades with minimal maintenance. ... Read more
  • Solar Warranties 101
    Solar Warranties 101
    Solar Warranties 101 – What they cover and what to consider Investing in a solar system is a smart decision, but it’s important to make sure your investment is protected with the right warranty. Each component of your system should come with its own warranty. Let’s explore the different warranties and ... Read more
  • Is the Tesla Powerwall 2 worth it?
    Is the Tesla Powerwall 2 worth it?
    The Tesla Powerwall 2 is the most popular and cost-effective home storage product on the market, but is it worth the investment?  The Tesla Powerwall 2 offers a range of functionality: Storage of excess solar energy. Up to 13.5kWh of backup in a power cut. Off-peak charge and peak discharge. So let’s look at the ... Read more