2kWp Grid Connected

Another recent install in Riverside Nelson, was this 2kWp Grid connected system. Once again our client keen to escape the ever increasing price of power, and so became pro active by installing their Grid Connected system.


ReneSola Provides Lightsource Renewable Energy with 69.5 MW of Solar Modules

Solar Electric Technology is very proud to provide our customers with high quality products supplied to us from this PV industry leader.

300,000 ReneSola Modules Expected to Power over 23,000 UK Households

 ReneSola Ltd a leading brand and technology provider of solar photovoltaic ("PV") products, today announced it has signed a series of agreements to provide Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited ("Lightsource"), the largest solar energy generator in the United Kingdom, with 69.5 megawatts ("MW") of solar modules for installation on solar farms in the United Kingdom. Once installed, the modules are expected to generate enough clean electricity to power more than 23,000 U.K. households.

Mr. Xianshou Li, ReneSola's chief executive officer, said, "We have been working with Lightsource for almost three years now, highlighted by this year's significantly large order of modules. We are confident that our high-efficiency modules will enable Lightsource solar farms to operate at peak performance. The quality of our glass allows our modules to reach relatively high electricity production levels, particularly with regard to diffused light, which is characteristic of the cloudy and overcast conditions often seen in the U.K. With our local presence, particularly during what was a time of regulatory uncertainty, we were able to mobilise up to 15 MWp of delivery per week to our U.K. customers, which underscores the value of our global network of local offices."

Ms.  Kareen Boutonnat, Lightsource's managing director, said, "We are the largest consumer of Tier 1, bankable Chinese solar PV modules in the U.K. Our solar farms need to perform to the highest standards and we recognise that China is a global leader in the production of the most efficient modules. The scale of investment into facilities, research and carbon reductions by China is currently unrivalled. Such growth and investment into the British PV module manufacturing industry remains to be seen. We are pleased with the quality of ReneSola's solar modules and with the company's proactive support during the period of anti-dumping uncertainty. We are confident their modules will benefit our operations and hope to establish a long-lasting relationship that will help grow the U.K. solar market further."

About ReneSola

Founded in 2005, ReneSola (NYSE:SOL) is a leading brand and technology provider of solar PV products. Leveraging its proprietary technologies, economies of scale and technical expertise, ReneSola uses in-house virgin polysilicon and a vertically integrated business model to provide customers with high-quality, cost-competitive products. ReneSola solar modules have scored top PVUSA Test Conditions (PTC) ratings with high annual kilowatt-hour output, according to the California Energy Commission (CEC). ReneSola solar PV modules can be found in projects ranging in size from a few kilowatts to multi-megawatts in markets around the world, including the United StatesGermanyItalyBelgiumChinaGreeceSpain and Australia. For more information, please visit


About Lightsource Renewable Energy

Lightsource Renewable Energy is the U.K.'s largest solar energy generator currently operating the largest fleet of solar plants in the U.K. Our recent calculations show that we operate 1 out of every 8 solar PV panels in the U.K.

Our vision is to become a utility scale operator of renewable generating assets selling energy into the market and operating and maintaining a fleet of utility scale power stations generating clean, sustainable electricity.

Our core activities are the development, design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of solar PV projects and we have a team of professionals in each discipline who manage these activities from initial design and planning through to technical maintenance services. In total, Lightsource employs over 150 full time professionals across these areas of activity.

In the three years since Lightsource was formed, we have delivered over 300MW of solar PV projects, investing over £0.5bn in the process. Based on published information, we estimate that over one third of solar farms in the U.K. are Lightsource operated projects.

Japan now one of only 5 countries to achieve 10 Gigawats

Japan is now one of only five countries that have achieved 10 gigawatts of cumulative solar photovoltaic capacity, according to new research from NPD Solarbuzz.

Germany was the first country to reach this mark, followed by Italy, China and the U.S. Like Japan, both the U.S. and China reached the 10 GW-milestone fairly recent – within the past few months.

The increase in Japan’s solar capacity can be traced back to efforts from the Japanese government to increase the country’s renewable energy sector in the wake of nuclear falling out of favor after the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

Solar PV deployment in Japan slowed in the mid-2000’s, partially due to a ten-year energy plan approved in March 2002 that favored the expansion of nuclear generation. The plan called for the expansion of nuclear capacity by 30 percent by 2011.

With the government’s focus now shifting towards renewables, a new law approving feed-in tariffs for renewable energy was passed in June 2012. According to this, solar energy priced at 42 yen ($0.53) per kilowatt-hour, a rate that is more favorable then even Germany (see related story).

Solarbuzz believes that this generous FIT has been instrumental in the rapid growth seen in Japan’s PV market.

Specifically, the PV market in Japan broke the 10 GW barrier in August of this year. It reached 10.5 GW at the end of August.

Rooftop solar PV installations have been the dominant segment in the Japanese PV market and remained so till the end of August 2013 with 89 percent of the market. The remaining 11 percent was spread across the ground-mount and off-grid segments.

This growth in the solar sector, as well as in other renewable markets such as wind, is seen by many as continuing into the future. Japan’s renewable energy sector is seen as becoming one of the world’s most dominant in the coming months (see related story). However, this is by no means the first time that Japan’s solar industry has risen to the forefront of the global market.

Japan was actually an early leader in PV, becoming the first country to break through 1 GW of cumulative solar in 2004 and until 2005 it had the largest installed PV capacity of any country in the world.

The early leadership position of Japan was also credited to favorable conditions spurred by government programs supportive of solar. If 2012 saw a favorable solar FIT, 1994 saw a favorable subsidy program.

In 1994, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and industry launched a subsidy program for residential PV. This subsidy initially covered 50 percent of the cost of a PV system.

The early growth of the Japanese PV market also established Japanese manufacturing as the first dominant force in the PV industry. Manufacturers that benefited from the first phase of government initiatives included Sharp, Sanyo and Kyocera, all three who are now leaders in the domestic PV industry.

While the growth of the domestic PV market is seen as continuing into the future, there is some concern as to Japan’s capacity to support this demand.

Project developers have been experiencing shortages in module supply, with several domestic manufacturers already fully booked through the remainder of 2013 and 2014. Project developers have also been experiencing difficulty in acquiring suitable land and grid connections for their planned installations.

There are also some concerns over the sustainability of the Japanese FIT program as well as whether or not the existing grid can support the anticipated influx of renewable energy.

Despite these challenges however, Japan is currently forecast to be the second largest country for PV demand during 2013, with China set to become the global leader for this year according to Solarbuzz.

Solarbuzz believes that the growing markets of both China and Japan will establish the Asia Pacific region as the driving force for PV demand over the second half of 2013. 

New staff member on board in Canterbury, we welcome Paul Clucas

Solar Electric Technology is a company that never stops growing. The rebuild of Christchurch has also sparked a real boost in the number of people choosing to rebuild their homes & businesses by incorporating solar. With this in mind and an ever increasing workload, we have now added another member to our team. 

Paul Clucas has been in the industry for 3 years. Originally based in Nelson during this time, Paul has now returned to his home town of Christchurch, to take on the role of Canterbury Development Manager for Solar Electric Technology.

Paul is a strong team player with a high standard of workmanship & great drive. We look forward having Paul on board to take care of our Canterbury clientel.


Welcome Paul!

Paul Clucas




11kWp Residential Off Grid Solar System Ruby Bay

We recently installed an 11 kWp off grid system into  beautiful passive solar design home, in Ruby Bay. The owners are an English couple, who have not long immigrated into New Zealand. As they work from home & therefore are high power users the 11kWp system, works perfectly to meet their daily energy requirements. 


We used a 3 phase German made SMA inverter in the system as well as our Tier 1 Rene Solar PV Modules. By using such high quality products, we are able to ensure not only complete customer satisfaction but also a system that will provide many years of efficient energy generation.




Domestic 5kWp Grid Connected Installation

Solar Electric recently completed the installation of a 5kWp grid connected photovoltaic system in Motueka.
The system was installed for a lovely retired couple. Just when the system was almost completed the weather decided to pour down upon us! However upon the sun returning  on another day,we managed to completed the installation our second one for that day, and we clocked off all complete just as the sun was setting! A full on but satisfying day for the Solar Electric team.
Perfect North facing roof and so the system is expected to perform really well.

EKOKIT 2kWp Grid Connected PV System

Solar Electric Technology have recently completed the installation of a 2kWp grid connected PV system. The installation was carried out on the Hybrid Homes Ekokit Show Home, located  at the Hive in Christchurch. You can find the Hive at the Canterbury agricultural park on Curletts Rd in Christchurch.
The EKOKIT range, offers a variety of "self build eco houses", which have been specifically designed by Hybrid Homes. The houses are flexible, sustainable and within the price range of everyday New Zealanders looking to purchase a home.
EKOKIT homes can be built anywhere in New Zealand, under the supervision of a Licesnsed Building Practitioner. If however you would prefer not to take on the build yourself, The EKOKIT range also includes the completed homes too.
If you have any questions or would like more information, you can contact the company on the website below.




8.5 kWp Install in Invercargill 2013

A Trip down to Invercargill saw us installing 2  grid connected PV systems.
We installed a 5kWp system onto the garage roof, followed by a  3.5kWp system installed on their house roof. The two systems giving them a combined total of 8.5kWp of solar.
This installation was a fairly large system. The energy generated from these 2 systems, will offset their energy usage, for both their home and their holiday home which they visit regularly.
The end result…one very happy client as the system began generating 6kW (around 3/4 of its peak output) once it was turned on, and this on a  fairly overcast day and in the midst of winter too!
8.5kWp_Invercargill_28.5kWp Invercargill

Off grid solar installation in Atamai Eco Village

An interesting project in progress at present, is the installation of an off grid system in the Atamai Eco Village. Atamai Village is designed to provide an enduring community, for at least 200 people. Atamai is specifically designed to deal with the impacts of climate change, energy descent and the economic and social challenges, that are likely to follow.

The 6kW off grid system, is designed to power two privately owned dwellings via a central inverter & battery bank. The image below shows the latest Australian made Selectronic SP PRO off grid inverter. This is our preferred choice of off grid inverter, as it is one of the most intelligent inverters in the world, managing all aspects of your off grid power system.