So­lar is good for the planet and good for the bank bal­ance

So­larK­ing are New Zealand’s specialist so­lar panel sup­pli­ers and so­lar in­stall­ers. They of­fer Ger­man en­gi­neered so­lar power so­lu­tions for Home So­lar, Commercial and In­dus­trial So­lar, and much more.

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That’s the word from Roy Maddox, a di­rec­tor and prime evan­ge­list for one of the largest sup­plier of so­lar in­stal­la­tions in the North Is­land, Auck­land-based So­larK­ing.

“Re­new­able en­ergy is our pas­sion be­cause it’s the right thing to do,” he says.

So­lar King was started by mas­ter elec­tri­cians who could see a grow­ing mar­ket and wanted to make sure it was met with top qual­ity equip­ment and ser­vices.

Its buy­ing power means it can deliver tier one prod­uct from Ger­man sup­pli­ers like SMA So­lar tech­nol­ogy at a com­pa­ra­ble price to Chi­nese sys­tems.

It of­fers a 25-year Power Pro­duc­tion War­ranty on so­lar pan­els, and a 10-year war­ranty on labour and other ma­te­ri­als.

Maddox says you’re never too old to get so­lar. He’s re­cently in­stalled a sys­tem for a 91-year-old, al­though the typ­i­cal buyer is aged be­tween 58 and 63 who is plan­ing for re­tire­ment.

“That’s the time they are look­ing at their out­go­ings be­ing a ma­jor fac­tor in their life­style. They know their level of

“Re­new­able en­ergy is our pas­sion be­cause it’s the right thing to do.”

in­come will be drop­ping, so it’s about re­duc­ing on­go­ing costs.

“If you’ve got $10,000 in the bank you can put it on the roof in a so­lar pv sys­tem and get a 12 per­cent tax free re­turn on your money. It’s a great re­turn on in­vest­ment, and even more the $100 to $150 a month you save on power bills gives you some life­style op­tions.”

De­mand for both do­mes­tic and commercial so­lar pv sys­tems is grow­ing even with­out govern­ment en­cour­age­ment. Maddox says that’s prefer­able to the Aus­tralian ex­pe­ri­ence, where gen­er­ous sub­si­dies en­cour­aged a lot of fly by night oper­a­tors to en­ter the mar­ket with sub­stan­dard prod­uct and ser­vices.

What govern­ment could do is leg­is­late to re­quire gen­er­a­tors to buy any ex­cess gen­er­a­tion at a fair per­cent­age of the re­tail price, but even with­out that, Maddox says the lat­est Auck­land Univer­sity re­search shows Auck­land is sunny enough to make res­i­den­tial so­lar pan­els a worth­while in­vest­ment.

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