YHI Ltd – Commercial Grid Connected PV Solar Installation

Many commercial businesses consume the bulk of the energy during the daytime, while the sun is shining. Because of this many business owners with good roof space available are choosing to install grid tie solar systems and dramatically reduce their energy costs, as well as their carbon footprint. Payback periods for commercial grid tie installations tend to be around 5 – 7 years.

This is an example of a 10kWp grid tie solar installation on a commercial building in Christchurch. The company has been so impressed with the performance and their return on investment, they have now chosen to install a 50kWp solar PV system on their Auckland warehouse.

YHI (New Zealand) Ltd is a National wholesaler of Tyres, Wheels and Battery’s with ware houses in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.

The Christchurch branch consumes about 2,500 KWh of power per month and it was decided that, as an environmentally and financially conscientious company, a Solar Energy system should be installed.

After successfully tendering for the installation, Solar Electric Technology Ltd was commissioned to install a 10KWp Grid Solar System with a 3 phase German made SMA Inverter at warehouse at 22 Clarence Street South, Addington, Christchurch.

Along with the successful quote, Solar Electric Technology gave friendly and professional advice regarding recommended specifications, materials and installation time lines.

Frank and Lance arrived early, completed the installation of the panels and inverter, cleaned up and had the system online well within the estimated time line of 1.5 days.

Frank and Lance also managed the entire network application with our power supplier; all I had to do was supply the relevant details.

YHI Christchurch now has an on line, fully operating, money saving, environmentally friendly Solar Energy System.

We are so impressed with the return on investment we are intending to install Solar Energy Systems at other key YHI ware houses throughout New Zealand.

I highly recommend Solar Electric Technology as your “one stop shop” should you be considering installing a Solar Energy System in your home or business.

I wish Frank and Lance every success in the future

Paul Hauschild

South Island Manager

Eric Kleiven – Grid Tie Solar Installation

An example of a Grid Tie PV Solar installation on a residential home in Christchurch.

This client chose to install a 2kWp grid tie solar electric system, with a larger inverter so that they can easily increase their system size in the future if needed.

Hi Frank & Lance

It has been over a month since we asked you to install a 2 kWp Grid Tie Solar Electric system on our home in Christchurch. It is now up and running and happily generating power for both ourselves and the national grid. 

We wanted to drop you a note to show our appreciation for your customer service and the all-round assistance that you gave in helping us make the decision to invest in a solar energy system. 

From day one, you have spent time understanding our situation to make sure that we had a system that met our power needs and also future proofed us from increases in the cost of the supply in electricity. 

We have yet to fully gain the true benefits from our PV system however early indications are showing us that the gains will be substantial and, given time, the pay-back will be achieved relatively quickly.  We are confident we have made a good investment.

Thank you for all your help and support and whenever anyone enquires about our system we will be sure to recommend them to contact Solar Electric Technology Ltd.

Once again, thanks.

Erik and Lyn

Roger Marsden – Grid Connected PV Solar & Solar Water Heating Installation

An example of a 3kWp Grid Tie and 30Tube Solar Water Heating installation in Christchurch.

This client recently rebuilt their home after their existing home was damage in the Christchurch earthquakes. With 4 young kids this family consumes a fair amount of hot water and so a combination of solar water heating and grid tie solar electric systems were installed to eliminate their energy costs and future proof the home.

Solar Electric Technology recently completed the installation of a solar water heating and grid tie solar electric system on our new home in Christchurch. Building our new home was a stressful process at times, however we found the guys at Solar Electric to be very helpful and they made the process very simple for us.

We have been living in our new home now for 5 months and to date we have never paid a power bill and we are currently in credit with our energy provider by around $200.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Solar Electric Technology to anyone looking to install a solar system.

Roger & Dianne Marsden

Tom Parkins – Off Grid PV Solar Installation

An example of an Off Grid PV Solar installation in Christchurch.

Do to their remote location, this client was not able to connect to the grid and so we installed an off grid power system for them. Batteries store the energy generated by the solar so that it is available whenever it is required. In extended bad weather a backup generator is used to support the system.

In 2012 we went through a design process with Solar Electric Technology to develop an off grid power system, custom designed for our energy requirements. We found the guys at solar Electric Technology to be very knowledgeable and thorough. They offered great advise in all areas including ways in which we could ensure our house was as efficient as possible.

The installation of the off grid system was completed in 2 days and we were provided intensive training on how to operate our system and maintain it in optimum condition.

Our system has worked flawlessly so far and if we have ever had a question, the guys at Solar Electric Technology have been very quick to respond to our query.

We highly recommend Solar Electric Technology and can confirm that they will provide you with a quality system at a great price and with fantastic customer service.

Tom Parkins 

Why Solar for Christchurch?

The Canterbury region records a fantastic amount of sunshine hours, which makes it a great place to install solar energy. The more sunshine hours you get, the more energy your solar system will generate for your home or business.

With the rebuild of Christchurch under way, we have a fantastic opportunity to make Christchurch a sustainable city. As well as increasing the efficiency of the home with double glazing, better insulation, efficient appliances and fittings, a solar power system can easily be fitted to reduce or even eliminate energy costs.

Save Money

Each year power prices increase. For many years solar energy has been out of reach for many people due to the high cost, however over the last few years the price of solar has dropped by around 70%. Solar has become an economically viable option in New Zealand.

By going solar, homeowners can lock in lower rates for their solar energy. While the cost of electricity increases with time, the cost of solar power remains low and constant – a ‘locked in’ energy price over the life of the solar equipment, because the ‘fuel’ (sunshine) is free.

Increased property value

The electricity savings from solar panels translate directly into an increased home resale value. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development states that home values raise an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual electricity bills.

This means that if you generate $1,000 of electricity per year, you can increase your home value by $20,000. The value of the home solar system also increases over time. As electricity prices continue to rise, a homeowner’s energy savings will also

As well as the financial benefits of solar, there are also environmental benefits of producing energy from renewable resources rather than from fossil fuels such as coal.

Environmental benefits

A portion of the energy generated in New Zealand comes from burning fossil fuels like coal, which in turn creates greenhouses gases, air pollution and damage to our landscapes from mining. Solar PV is an environmentally friendly form of energy generation, and is not a limited resource like fossil fuels.

In addition, a large amount of energy is lost in transmission when sending energy around New Zealand’s energy network. Solar on homes and business (local generation) reduces these losses.

Sustainable Solutions

Solar Electric Technology offer most types of sustainable energy technology including photovoltaic solar panels, wind generation, hydro generation and solar water heating.

We can design and install either a grid tie, off grid, domestic water or pool heating system to suit your energy requirements and budget.