Solar power for the home is quickly becoming one of the most popular alternative methods of residential power generation in New Zealand. The ZEN Energy team has scoured the globe for the cutting edge in this burgeoning power revolution, providing Kiwis with the latest and greatest in residential solar power options.
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 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.
With the right experts, home solar installation is simple. ZEN Energy makes adding solar power to your home easy.
If your roof is in good condition and gets a lot of sun, it’s probably a good candidate for solar. The panels are expected to last for over 25 years so they’ll last as long (or even longer) as your roof does.
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 one day for a grid-tied installation and two days for a more advanced battery-based system.
Everybody’s electricity needs are different and so the size of your required system will be different too! The size of the system is often determined by the available roof space of the property and size of the system you require. As a guide, most panels are 992mm wide by 1640mm high in size and 1 kW of power from solar panels requires approximately 8m2 of roof space.
Three-phase properties may require a three-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.
It’s recommended to ask your installer to check the loading on each phase as part of the installation process.
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.
ZEN Energy can provide a range of home energy use monitors that will help you keep track of your peak energy use times and understand which appliances use the most power, providing instant, actionable insights into how to make more of your home solar power system.
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