The energy smart home — how renovating with solar can save you money


As property prices continue to increase, more home owners 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 power plan, the ability to go solar and save money on power is now firmly within reach of all Kiwi home owners.

Launched by leading solar power company, solarcity, home builders and renovators can now have solar panels installed on their roof without having to pay for the panels or installation.

“Our new solarZero plan is the first of its kind in New Zealand, and allows Kiwis to generate clean power at a fixed price for solar power, which is lower than traditional electricity,” according to solarcity founder and chief executive Andrew Booth.

“$0 down means they can incorporate solar without increasing the cost of their build/renovation. They no longer have to choose between helping the environment/creating an energy efficient home and sticking to their building or renovation budget.”

For the best results during building/renovations, solarcity recommends involving solar experts in the initial planning. This will help identify how many solar panels are needed to power the house and what direction they should face.

Solar panels, mounting hardware, cables and an inverter (or controller) will then be connected to the roof, which can be completed within a day.

“solarZero ticks a lot of boxes for home builders and renovators — you can achieve a higher HomeStar rating, reduce your household spend and contribute to a sustainable future for the next generation,” Mr Booth says.

About solarcity:

solarcity has put more solar systems on New Zealand homes over the past 30 years than any other. It is also one of the top five fastest-growing green companies in New Zealand, and is one of the Government’s Focus 500 companies, targeted to contribute significant benefits to the New Zealand economy.

It was the first solar company in the world to achieve CarboNZero accreditation. For more information, visit

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