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.

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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.

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