THE FUTURE OF SOLAR IN NEW ZEALAND
Vector’s pilot scheme for Aucklanders is delivering new leading-edge solar systems in homes - without having to pay the full cost of the system upfront.
Ever fancied making your own electricity?
If you have, then you may have realised that the majority of solar power is produced during the day when the sun shines while most power is consumed in the home in the evenings. While the industry has long understood this problem and worked to resolve it, the costs involved have traditionally been too high for most homes to consider.
Vector, the energy and infrastructure company, is offering a new solution that combines traditional solar with an intelligent control unit and battery storage system. They are running an Auckland-wide pilot to setup qualifying homes in the city without outlaying the system’s full cost upfront.
Storage and intelligence could be a game changer.
Unlike traditional solar systems, Vector’s home solar system gives customers the ability to store excess electricity that is produced during the day in a hefty 10.7 kWh battery for use during evenings or times when the sun isn’t shining. By using more of your solar power in your home, rather than exporting it, you are able to potentially maximise the economic benefit.
And just like traditional solar systems, the Vector solar system is seamlessly integrated with the electricity grid, automatically
IT IS EXPECTED A 3KW SYSTEM WILL PRODUCE AROUND 50% OF THE ELECTRICITY REQUIRED TO RUN AN AVERAGE HOME
providing power to your home when you require more than your solar panels have generated. It is expected a 3kW system will produce around 50% of the electricity required to run an average home.
By default, the system is programmed to offset the home’s consumption during the evening period when electricity usage is at its peak. By having battery storage, homes gain a measure of resilience with some backup power – handy in the unlikely event oof an outage.
“We believe that solar is going to play a very significant part in the future of energy in New Zealand. Vector has been delivering grid-integrated energy solutions for more than a decade so this pilot scheme is a natural extension into the exploration of innovative sustainable enenergy solutions for our customers,” explains Simon Mackenzie, Vector’s Chief Executive.
Customers can see their electricity usage and how the system is performing through a real-time online dashboardd which iis optimised for smart phonep and tablets, as well as yyour home computer. Research has consistently shown that given the ability to easily monitor energy use households are able to reduce their power bill.
Switched on: your home’s energy can be monitored from your home computer smartphone or tablet.