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Why ZEN is different
We scour the globe to source and test the best solar energy and energy storage products
Our engineering background has proved vital in delivering complex systems
We now have more than 1,000 solar installations worth of experience under our belt
Solar Energy is not 'One size fits all'. We go the whole hog in designing your custom system
Based in New Zealand and family-owned, we are accessible, nimble and hell-bent on creating a positive impact
We believe firmly in the benefit of you owning your residential solar energy system
World class solar power and energy storage
ZEN solar panels and solar power systems are built from the latest in solar technology, sourced from global companies on the cutting edge of environmentally conscious power and delivered by a world-class, NZ-owned team.
What is a solar power system?
A solar power system is a green, clean, modern, and cost-saving method of powering a home, business, or building through energy from the sun - from keeping the lights on and the boiler running, right through to heating a pool and charging an electric vehicle.
Typically, a solar power system is made up of three parts:
- Photovoltaic solar panels, usually fitted on the roof of a home, generate the power.
- A DC to AC inverter that converts the power generated into a usable form.
- Solar batteries which store excess generated power to be used later.
Excess solar power can also be sold back to the grid for energy credits.
While solar power systems have been around for a long time, modern technological developments have brought down the cost and improved the efficiency of solar power systems in recent years.
Nowadays, government buildings, businesses and especially homes can all benefit from what has become one of the cheapest sources of power in the world - and without any of the environmental effects other forms of power can cause.
Types of solar power systems
ZEN Energy Grid-Tied solar power systems power a home or business while still retaining a connection to the main power grid. The solar power system has the first right to supply, with seamless delivery between the two ensuring ongoing supply of energy from the grid as needed.
This means you can enjoy the benefits of solar while still having the grid as your secondary energy source.
ZEN Energy Hybrid + Backup systems ensure you squeeze more out of your sunshine, by storing solar energy for later use.
With integrated batteries, a hybrid + backup system means you can power through blackouts and never be left in the dark again! Enjoy peace of mind and the benefits of solar, for longer
ZEN Energy Off-Grid solar power systems come with everything you need to never connect to the main power grid, living solely on power generated by your solar power system.
Off-grid solar systems use highly efficient inverters and smart batteries to keep the power flowing without the need for a main connection.
Solar panel systems – packages and pricing
Zen Grid-Tied Systems
ZEN Grid-tied Systems include high-performance LONGi Solar mono-crystalline solar panels and the latest GoodWe grid-tied inverters. This combination provides you with the highest efficiency grid-tied system available, built from market leading components, all for an incredibly cost-effective investment.
- LONGi solar panels
- GoodWe grid-tied inverter
- Roof mounting systemGeneration monitoringSystem installation
- DC Optimisers
- Solar diverter
ZEN Hybrid Systems
ZEN Hybrid Systems include high-performance LONGi Solar mono-crystalline solar panels and the latest Huawei hybrid inverters, ensuring a seamless transition to energy storage at any stage. DC Optimisers, which allow each panel to operate individually, can be added to the whole system or simply to panels likely to be impacted by shade.
- DC Optimisers
- Huawei energy storageSolar diverter
ZEN Hybrid + backup systems
ZEN Hybrid + Backup Systems include high-performance LONGi Solar mono-crystalline solar panels and the latest Redback hybrid inverter, ensuring a seamless transition to energy storage at any stage. This combination provides you with the most robust system available, providing both an uninterrupted power supply and backup power all in one.
- DC Optimisers
- PylonTech energy storageSolar diverter
What are the potential savings with solar?
While there are costs to you in purchasing and owning the solar system, solar power will reduce your monthly household electricity spend. How much your monthly electricity bill will reduce by will depend on the size of the system that you install, how much electricity your system generates, and how much electricity you use during the day.
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What our clients say
Beep & Harry S
"It’s been great. We have noticed savings from the very start, the wine was nice I won’t lie. Our bills are 40-50% less."
Grant & Marilyn H
"I was skeptical about the savings at first, we are now saving over 50% on our power bills, summer ones have dropped from $450 to $200 and winter has gone from $660 down to $320. We are happy with how persistent Jake was, the results are great"
Bronwyn & John
“Pretty good I am a country bumkin so pretty good is pretty good, our winter bills have dropped from $400 – $260 & summer from $130 down to $60. I have been recommending ZEN to anyone who asks”
More about our systems
Huawei Hybrid Systems
Redback Hybrid Systems
Frequently asked questions
Solar panels are installed on your roof and produce electricity in DC current. This electricity is converted to AC current through your solar inverter and then delivered via your house’s switchboard, to your appliances, such as your television, hot water cylinder, fridge and heat pump. Any excess electricity generated will be sent back to the grid, for which you will get a credit on your electricity bill if your electricity retailer has a buyback offer.
The length of installation depends on the size of the solar power system, whether it includes batteries and the roof condition, but will typically take anywhere between 1 day for a grid-tied installation and 2 days for a more advanced battery based system.
They are effective during the winter months; however you will notice a considerable drop on the overall solar generated compared to the summer months. This is normal due to the height of the sun in the sky and there being less sunlight hours over the winter months.
If your roof is in good condition, and gets a lot of sun, it is probably a good candidate for solar. We do not recommend installing solar on old roofs. The panels are expected to last for over 25 years so it is not recommended to install them on a roof that may need replacing during the life of the system.
Solar power is the most abundant renewable energy resource on Earth. Solar power systems do not emit any CO2 and their costs have been consistently reducing. In contrast, fossil fuels are being depleted, with unpredictable prices that are typically trending upwards. Additionally, they are not renewable. Solar power is the clear answer for the future of energy as it localises energy generation at the point of consumption and passes the power to choose back to the individual home owner. Although many large entities are not yet committed to solar power, a household can proactively choose to benefit from having a solar power system on its roof.
Most power companies currently pay at 8c/kWh for electricity exported to the grid. You will need to contact your power company to confirm their buyback rate.
Whilst there are costs to you in purchasing and owning the solar system, solar power will help you to reduce your monthly electricity spend by offsetting the energy usage in your house. How much your monthly electricity bill will reduce by will depend on a number of factors, including the size of the system that you install, how much electricity your system generates, and how much electricity you use during the day.
Solar photovoltaic panels require little maintenance. Your panels can build up dust and other material over time. Solar panel cleaning is not that different from cleaning your windshield. This can be done with water and a soft brush.
Solar panels that face north get the maximum amount of sunlight during daylight hours to generate electricity. Placing panels on the east or west-facing roof will still produce a substantial amount of power. It is not recommended that you install panels with a southerly aspect.
Three phase properties may require a 3-phase solar system. With a three phase solar system there may be instances when you will import energy on one phase while exporting energy on another phase. This is because all three phases operate independently of one another. You may want to ask your installer to check the loading on each phase as part of the installation process.