Terms & Conditions

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What's included in the solarZero energy service agreement

  • We supply, install and configure a solar system consisting of solar panels, inverter, battery, electrical wiring and monitoring equipment.

  • Access to exclusive rates for your grid power.

  • solarZero assumes that solar is installed as a single, or split array (max 2 arrays), on a metal corrugated, metal tiles, concrete tile (spare concrete tiles are required), or decramastic tile (post 1990) roof.

  • We provide a 24/7 web-enabled energy management system, at no additional cost, and provide personal energy advice to maximise the use of solar power in your home and improve energy efficiency.

  • We warrant, insure and repair the system. 

  • Technical support.  

  • Based on your specific site characteristics we will provide an estimate of solar energy production. We warrant the amount of solar energy produced by our equipment at 80% capacity (subject to an annual system degradation).  

  • A fixed monthly charge that will remain the same for the entire life of the agreement (the monthly charge is exclusive of GST and the rate of tax may change over time).

Your solarZero service agreement does not cover

  • Solar panel cleaning.

  • Installation on roofs not mentioned above, or split arrays where more than 2 sub-arrays are required. 

  • Additional electrical costs if home wiring is not aligned to relevant electrical codes. 

solarZero pricing and payments 

  • You are entering into a 20-year agreement for the long term supply of energy services that will provide electricity to your home or property. 

  • The fixed monthly fee you pay for our solarZero energy service (excluding GST) will never increase, regardless of inflation for 20 years.

  • The rate you pay to buy the energy component of grid electricity, excluding network charges and GST, will be the same that you are paid if you export power from the solar array.

  • solarZero will charge your nominated account by direct debit on the first of each month. 

  • Homes and sites vary in roof structure and electrical components. There may be additional costs to cover expenses related to your roof type, or to ensure that your existing electrical works comply with code. We will advise you of these costs during our consultation. 

Estimated savings 

Savings are estimated based on a comparison of your current electricity retails plan versus the total cost paid for the solarZero energy service and grid electricity plan. The level of savings will vary depending on location, roof pitch and orientation, and current retail tariffs.

The key features of the solarZero energy service that support savings over 20 years are:

  • Fixed fee delivers solar power inflation-free for 20 years and reduces exposure to rising power prices.

  • The balance of your power costs are for the variable grid portion of your electricity that you buy at exclusive rates.

  • We work with you to reduce your reliance on grid power, further reducing your costs.

  • Our personalised energy plan identifies ways you can maximise your solar use and improve your home's energy efficiency.

  • We provide access to special offers on energy-efficient appliances through our business partners.

solarZero 20-year lifetime guarantee

  • Guarantees minimum production levels. 

  • solarZero insures the product. 

  • Will replace and upgrade any equipment that is no longer working, or reached the end of its useful life. 

  • Provides in-home solar monitoring. 

  • Technical support, 9am to 5pm weekdays, except public holidays. 

Termination rights

Twenty years is a long time and circumstances change. It is important to understand the options for termination if the need should ever arise. At any time you may prepay the remaining monthly payments.

If you sell your property there are three options: 

  • Transfer the agreement to the purchaser of your home

  • Prepay the remaining monthly payments
  • Transfer the agreement and the solar system to your new property

If there is a significant change in your circumstances you may be able to postpone your monthly solarZero payments or extend the 20-year term of the solarZero agreement.

At the end of the agreement, we will remove the system at no cost to you, or you can renew your agreement. Alternatively, you can upgrade to a new system with the latest technology under a new energy services agreement.

About our website

solarZero is committed to providing an accurate and timely website that supports customers to make the initial decision to investigate the purchase of energy services. The tables, charts and graphs are based on average household experiences and data available from equipment manufacturers. We encourage customers to contact us for an assessment to get a personal quote before making a purchasing decision. All houses and households have a different solar profile and this impacts on the savings you can make.

Damages

In no event will solarZero be liable to any party for damages whether direct, indirect, consequential, or other, for any use or inability to use this website or its contents, or of any other hyperlinked website, including without limitation, any damages for loss of profits, business interruption, loss of data or otherwise, even if we are expressly advised of the possibility of such damages.

In addition, it is your responsibility to take precautions and to ensure that whatever you select for your use is free of such items as viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other items of a destructive nature.

 


Privacy policy

We understand that privacy is an important issue for visitors to www.solarZero.co.nz / www.solarcity.co.nz

Any personal details that you may provide us with, including your name, mobile number and email address, are used to fulfil your information request and are stored in a database for use by solarZero for marketing purposes. 

This information is collected when you submit information for our free solar assessment form, or email us an enquiry. You may be asked to enter your name, email address, the address where you are enquiring to have solar installed and your phone number.

Any of the information we collect from you may be used to personalise your experience, improve our own website (based on any feedback you provide us with), improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs), send periodic emails (the email address you provide may be used to send you information, respond to enquiries, and/or other requests or questions) and send periodic SMS messages (the mobile number you provide may be used to send you information, send you promotional offers, respond to enquiries, and/or other requests or questions). 

As you browse our website, advertising cookies will be placed on your computer so that we can understand what you are interested in. Our display advertising partner, AdRoll, then enables us to present you with retargeted advertising on other sites based on your previous interactions with our site. 

We do not share your information with third parties. We work with AdRoll to place a cookie in your browser so that we can deliver a display ad to you from time to time but we never share your personal information with them. 

The techniques our partners deploy do not collect personal information such as your name, email address, postal address or telephone number. You can visit this page to opt-out of AdRoll's and their partners' targeted advertising or alternatively email us at info@solarZero.co.nz. 

The website may contain links to other websites, solarZero is not responsible for the content or privacy policies of external internet sites. 

 


Call recording

As part of our commitment to providing the best possible service to our customers, we record all telephone calls answered in our contact centres. This helps us to identify ways that we can provide you with a better service.

We record calls:

  • For staff training purposes, helping us to improve the quality of our customer service and to ensure the information we provide is consistent and accurate.

  • So we can find ways to simplify our service to you.

  • To ensure we have an accurate record of your call which may be needed to support any transactions that take place over the phone and/or if there is a dispute.

We understand your personal information is important and we are committed to protecting your privacy. We store the recordings securely for a minimum of seven years after the date of the call and destroy them after this period. You can request access to and correction of the personal information we hold about you. To access or update your personal information, please call us on 0800 11 66 55.

 


solarZero Refer a Friend terms and conditions

To be eligible you must have an installed solarZero energy service at your home.

You will receive a $500 payment into the account that solarZero Limited currently direct debits your monthly solarZero energy services fee from.

This Refer-a-Friend payment is made upon completion of the solarZero installation of your friend or family’s solarZero energy service.

The referral must be made via mysolarZero using your unique code or share URL, or by referencing referral as the lead source as entered and tracked by the solarZero sales specialist.

The referral will go through the standard solarZero validation process.

You can track your referrals on the webpage http://my.solarzero.co.nz/refer, the URL is subject to change and you will be notified of any changes.

It is up to the receiver of the cash payment to declare any tax on this payment, solarZero Limited bears no responsibility for this.

The $500 payment is valid from 29 May 2020 and expires on 30th November 2021. The promotional terms are subject to change.


Bonus Panasonic appliance promotion

To be eligible for this offer you must sign up for unlimited broadband through solarZero.

For a limited time, we are offering new customers a bonus Panasonic item valued at up to $1500 when you bundle broadband with your solarZero energy service.

You may use your promo code to choose one of four predefined promotional items available from the mysolarZero store. Please note these items may be subject to delayed delivery or subject to change depending on stock availability.

The Customer Service team at Panasonic will keep all customers directly informed. You will receive a promotional code via email once your solarZero system has been installed on your property. This promo code is valid to be redeemed on ONE promotional item, as per the email you will receive on installation. The promotional code is valid for six months from the date of issue.  

If you cancel or transfer your broadband service within 5 years from dispatch of the product then you will be required to pay a proportion of the cost of the promotional product as is commensurate with the duration of the unexpired portion of the five year period.

Any orders containing more than one of the free promotional items will be considered void and will be cancelled on receipt. If you cancel your broadband plan, you may be required to return your appliance to us.

Delivery of your item is free to your door to most locations in New Zealand. You will be called to arrange a suitable delivery time and date. Please note items can be delivered to the ground floor only, and old appliances will not be taken away.

The product you select is not transferable or redeemable for cash.

By adding broadband to your solarZero energy service you will receive a free Amazon Echo Show 5 at installation. Delivery of the Amazon Echo Show 5 is reliant on stock availability and is subject to change.

The free modem is delivered to you by 2degrees. If you cancel or transfer your broadband services within 1 year from the date you receive a modem from us you will be required to pay a $199 early termination fee.

By adding broadband to your existing solarZero energy service from 29th October 2020 there is no change to your contract term.  

Ultimate Unlimited (specific)

As well as the product above you will receive a mysolarZero store credit of $800 loaded every 5 years upon the anniversary of adding Ultimate Unlimited Broadband to your solarZero energy service. The term “Loyalty Reward scheme” as referenced in the solarZero energy services contracts is used interchangeably for the term ‘mysolarZero store credit’. These credits cannot be used prior to the five year anniversary and will be valid for the entirety of your solarZero energy services contract. For avoidance of doubt, credit earned from years 1-5 may be used after year 5 and credits earned from years 6-10 may be used after year 10. If you cancel your broadband services credits earned as part of the Customer Loyalty scheme will be forfeited as followed: before the 5th anniversary all credits earned before cancellation date are forfeited, cancellation before 10th anniversary all credits earned after 5th anniversary are forfeited, cancellation before 20th anniversary all credits earned after 15th anniversary are forfeited. 

Unlimited Broadband (specific)   

As well as the product above you will receive a mysolarZero store credit of $600 loaded every 5 years upon the anniversary of adding Unlimited Broadband to your solarZero energy service. The term “Loyalty Reward scheme” as referenced in the solarZero energy services contracts is used interchangeably for the term ‘mysolarZero store credit’. These credits cannot be used prior to the five year anniversary and will be valid for the entirety of your solarZero energy services contract. For avoidance of doubt, credit earned from years 1-5 may be used after year 5 and credits earned from years 6-10 may be used after year 10. If you cancel your broadband services credits earned as part of the Customer Loyalty scheme will be forfeited as followed: before the 5th anniversary all credits earned before cancellation date are forfeited, cancellation before 10th anniversary all credits earned after 5th anniversary are forfeited, cancellation before 20th anniversary all credits earned after 15th anniversary are forfeited.


solarZero Store Terms and Conditions

This website is owned and operated by solarZero Limited. If you wish to contact us please phone us on 0800 11 66 55, or email customercare@solarzero.co.nz.

solarZero has primary responsibility for the customer’s order, information, payment and privacy. Panasonic is the distributor and supplier to solarZero. All customer contact, other than to arrange delivery of the product, is with solarZero.

Ordering goods and services from us

  • When you place an order with us, you are making an offer to buy goods or services. An order is placed on our website via adding a product to the shopping cart and proceeding through our checkout process. The checkout process includes giving us delivery and any other relevant details for your order eg. entering payment information and submitting your order. The final step consists of a confirmation page with full details of your order, which you are able to print as a receipt of your order
  • We do not supply trade quantities and reserve the right to limit the number of an item customers can purchase in a single transaction.
  • We will send you an email to confirm that we have received and accepted your order, which indicates that your order has been accepted and you may not cancel it.
  • We will take payment from you when you submit your order and it is accepted by us.
  • Customers can place an order online using their credit card via our secure payment gateway (Stripe)
  • If a product is on backorder solarZero will liaise with the customer and confirm if they are happy to wait for the item, or if they require a refund.  
  • Once processed the customer order will go to Panasonic to be processed for delivery.

Refusing or cancelling orders

In the unlikely event that the goods or services ordered are no longer available we reserve the right to refuse or cancel an order.

We reserve the right to refuse or cancel any orders that we believe, solely by our own judgement, to be placed for commercial purposes, e.g. any kind of reseller. We also reserve the right to refuse or cancel any orders that we believe, solely by our own judgement, to have been placed fraudulently.

While we endeavour to ensure that the price and description of goods or services are accurate if there is an error in the process of listing a product or service on our website or a technical error in the processing of your order we reserve the right to refuse or cancel the order.

Our right to cancel orders applies to orders that have been accepted.

Pricing

All prices listed on the solarZero store are in New Zealand dollars and are inclusive of GST. Please note that we reserve the right to alter prices on our websites at any time for any reason. 

The discounted mysolarZero members-only price is reserved for logged in mysolarZero customers only. The website will display your discount based on the typical RRP. Where an RRP is not available for an item, the RRP will be calculated from an approximate average selling price in the market.

Delivery

  • At this time, we only deliver to New Zealand addresses
  • Delivery areas exclude The Chatham Islands and Stewart Island
  • Delivery to a residential site is for metropolitan areas only. Rural deliveries will be to the closest distribution centre, where it is the responsibility of the customer to then pick up their order.
  • Delivery is FREE to the above delivery addresses.
  • The average delivery lead time is between 5-10 business days, however, sometimes your order may be able to be delivered earlier than this.
  • The Panasonic carrier will contact the customer prior to the delivery to notify them of the day and delivery window that their order will be delivered in.
  • Delivery is Monday to Friday, 9-5pm only. 
  • The customer must be on-site to accept delivery within the agreed window. If the customer is not on-site, then the customer may be charged for redelivery. 
  • Delivery is to the ground floor only.
  • There is no installation and no removal of rubbish or older products.

Returns & Refund Policy

For any faults or returns please contact solarZero 0800 11 66 55, or email customercare@solarzero.co.nz.

Return Authority Number

In all cases, with the exception of warranty service, product being returned have a Return Authority Number (RA) issued for it. Products returned without a Return Authority Number (RA) will not be accepted for collection by our transport agents or processed until relevant information is received.

Requesting a Return Authority Number (RA)

To obtain an RA number please contact solarZero on 0800 11 66 55, or email customercare@solarzero.co.nz. To assist in issuing a RA number in a timely manner, please have the following information ready:

  • Model and serial number
  • Order number
  • Reason for return

If the product is faulty a description of the fault is required, terms such as “No go”, “Dead”, or “Faulty” offers no assistance and can result in delays in service or the issuing of a refund.

Please note that the issuing of an RA number (RA) is to facilitate returns processing and DOES NOT MEAN A REFUND will be automatically passed.

Goods Damaged in Transit or Delivered in Error

If any goods arrive damaged or are delivered in error, please contact solarZero on 0800 11 66 55 or email customercare@solarzero.co.nz within 24 hours of delivery. Panasonic New Zealand Ltd. will arrange to have the damaged or incorrect item returned and either repair or replace the goods or refund the price to you, at its election. Damaged goods must be returned in the condition received by you with all original packaging, together with all packing slips. A product being returned due to damage, duplication, incorrectly ordered etc. must be returned unopened within a 21 day period after receipt.

Change of Mind

Please choose carefully as we do not have to provide a refund if you have changed your mind about a particular purchase.

Consumers Guarantees Act

Under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (‘CGA’), you have guaranteed legal rights for goods (and services) you buy.

Consumer guarantees ensure that:

  1. The goods are of acceptable quality, such that the goods:
    • do what they are made to do
    • are free from minor defects
    • are safe and durable and
    • are acceptable in appearance and finish
  2. The goods are fit for a particular purpose as described by us.
  3. The goods match the description accompanying the product.
  4. The goods correspond with any sample or demonstration model where the goods are supplied by reference to such sample or model.

If the goods (or services) we supply do not meet a consumer guarantee, we will meet our obligations under the CGA to provide a solution.

The CGA does not apply where the goods have been used in a manner, or to an extent which is inconsistent with the manner or extent of use that a reasonable consumer would expect to obtain from the goods; and the goods would have complied with the guarantee of acceptable quality if they had not been used in the manner or to that extent.

Minor Failure

If the goods (or services) we supply do not comply with a consumer guarantee but can be remedied within a reasonable time, we will either repair the goods or replace the goods with goods of identical type. If we cannot repair or replace the goods within a reasonable time, we will refund your purchase.

Major Failure

A ‘major failure’ is where the failure in the goods cannot be repaired or cannot be repaired within a reasonable time, or where the failure constitutes a ‘failure of substantial character’ as set out by section 21 of the CGA.

If a failure amounts to a major failure, you are entitled to return the goods and choose to have a replacement of the returned goods or a refund. Alternatively, you may elect to retain the goods and obtain compensation for the reduction in value of the goods.

Where you choose a replacement, we will where available, provide goods of the same type and similar value to the returned goods.

Delivery charges for returned goods

Any shipping costs to return the original goods to Panasonic New Zealand Ltd. will be at the cost of Panasonic New Zealand Ltd., where Panasonic New Zealand Ltd. considers the goods to have breached a consumer guarantee. If on examination of goods returned to Panasonic New Zealand Ltd., the goods are found to not be in breach of any consumer guarantee, Panasonic New Zealand Ltd. may charge you a fee for examining the goods, and any cost to return the goods to you.

Please note that goods must be returned within a reasonable period and you may be asked to demonstrate that you have purchased the goods from Panasonic New Zealand Ltd. 

Refunds

solarZero is responsible to refund the customer. Refunds will go back onto the credit card that the customer made the original purchase with. A refund may take several days from being processed, depending on a customer’s bank. 

Privacy & Security

Customer information will only be held and used by Panasonic for the purpose of delivery. The capture, use and storage of customer information is the responsibility of solarZero and applicable privacy policies will be communicated with the customer.  

Credit card security

Your credit card transaction will be processed by Stripe payment gateway. Stripe has been audited by an independent PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and is certified as a PCI Level 1 Service Provider. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. solarZero and the mysolarZero store do not store your credit card details at any stage.

Disclaimer

Our websites are intended to provide information for people shopping our products and accessing our services, including making purchases via our website and registering on our database to receive emails from us.

While we endeavour to supply accurate information on this site, errors and omissions may occur. solarZero does not accept any liability, direct or indirect, for any loss or damage which may directly or indirectly result from any advice, opinion, information, representation or omission whether negligent or otherwise, contained on this site. You are solely responsible for the actions you take in reliance on the content on, or accessed, through this site.

solarZero reserves the right to make changes to the content on this site at any time and without notice.

To the extent permitted by New Zealand law, solarZero makes no warranties in relation to the merchantability, fitness for purpose, freedom from computer virus, accuracy or availability of this website or any other website.

Changes to this Agreement

solarZero reserves the right to alter, modify or update these terms of use. These terms apply to your order. We may change our terms and conditions at any time, so please do not assume that the same terms will apply to future orders.


2degrees broadband terms and conditions

When customers sign up to broadband with 2degrees via solarZero, the 2degrees terms and conditions apply. Please click here to review 2degrees’ terms and conditions.


solarZeroGuardian Community Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

In these Terms and Conditions, references to "we", "our" and "us" are to solarZero Limited and its partner agencies.

Participation in our research, surveys and community activities signals your agreement to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree with any of these Terms and Conditions, please do not sign up to be a member of the solarZeroGuardian Feedback Community Panel or agree to be contacted by us to participate in any research activity.

We reserve the right to vary these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice.

Membership

By signing up to be a member of the solarZeroGuardian Feedback Community Panel, you warrant that:

  • At the time of sign up, you have provided accurate and current personal information;
  • You will update your personal information when necessary to ensure that it is current at all times;
  • You will only undertake surveys that are sent to you and are in your own name;
  • You will not forward any emails or survey links you receive to any third party unless invited to do so by us at the time the email or link is sent to you;
  • You will not respond to a survey more than once; and
  • You are not a competitor of us, or signing up for the purpose of understanding our activity for competitive advantage.

You acknowledge and accept that:

  • We may refuse your application for membership for any reason;
  • We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your membership at any time without notice;
  • Your participation in our research activities and use of our website are at your own risk;
  • We are not liable for any loss, damage or personal injury suffered arising out of your participation in our research activities or as a result of you being a member of the solarZeroGuardian Feedback Community Panel;
  • All warranties, conditions and representations in respect of The solarZeroGuardian Feedback Community and our website are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law;
  • As between solarZero Limited, the solarZeroGuardian Feedback Community Panel and you, solarZero Limited owns (or has a licence for) all copyrights, database rights and all similar rights for The solarZeroGuardian Feedback Community Panel and all trademarks and other materials used on our website;
  • If we suspend or cancel your membership, any entries you have into any undrawn prize draws are void; and
  • If you cancel your membership, any entries you have into any undrawn prize draws are void.

Privacy Policy

By becoming a member of the solarZeroGuardian Feedback Community Panel you will be providing personal information to us. These Terms and Conditions should be read in conjunction with solarZero Limited’s Privacy Policy which sets out how we use your personal information.

Prizes and Rewards

We may, from time to time, offer members the chance to win prizes and/or the opportunity to redeem rewards on such terms and conditions as specified, including the specified period of time during which the promotion will run.

Unless otherwise specified in the particular terms and conditions for the offer, the following general terms and conditions will apply:

  • You qualify for entry into a prize draw or other reward by becoming a member of the solarZeroGuardian Feedback Community Panel, which is free to join;
  • Only one entry per person, per activity will be permitted;
  • The winner(s) will be randomly selected at the relevant prize draw date from all eligible members;
  • Each winner will be notified using the email address recorded in our membership records;
  • Each winner must claim their prize and (if applicable) provide their delivery details within two weeks of notification by us. If a winner does not respond within this period, they will be deemed to have forfeited their prize and another winner will be drawn from all remaining eligible entries received;
  • Our decision is final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into;
  • Prizes and rewards are as stated, cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash and (if applicable) must be redeemed in full by the specified date;
  • Your membership of the solarZeroGuardian Feedback Community and acceptance of a prize or reward confirms acceptance to participate in any reasonable publicity or advertising of solarZero Limited;
  • Failure to observe any of these general terms and conditions may result in disqualification from a promotion;
  • To the extent permitted by law, neither solarZero Limited nor any other person or party associated with the creation, production or delivery of a promotion will be liable to any person for (a) any loss, damage or personal injury suffered in connection with participation in that promotion; (b) any unforeseen telecommunications or system failure; (c) any change to or cancellation of any part of a prize or reward beyond our control; or (d) any inability of the winner to redeem a prize or reward (in whole or in part) for whatever reason; and
  • To the extent permitted by law and any applicable regulatory approvals, we reserve the right to change a prize draw time or alter any of the applicable terms and conditions without notice. 


solarZero Pulse Residential Standard Terms and Conditions

Pulse Energy’s terms and conditions apply when grid power is supplied by Pulse Energy. Their terms and conditions are available here.


fanSZ Terms and Conditions

  • You will receive a $500 payment via paypal upon completion of the solarZero installation of your friend or family’s solarZero energy service.
  • The payment relies upon you creating a Paypal account.
  • You will receive notification of this payment via Ambassador.
  • To receive the payment you must be 18 years old or over.
  • All cash payments received will be gross and you are responsible for meeting any tax obligations.
  • To track your rewards simply log in to The fanSZ programme.
  • The #nzforgood programme opens on 4 June 2020 and expires on 30th November 2021.
  • solarZero fanSZ is not open to current solarZero customers or solarZero staff and their immediate family.
  • The promotional terms are subject to change.


Upper Clutha Pledge Your Roof

  • To be eligible to win the Panasonic smart home pack you must have signed and installed a solarZero energy service from 1 April - 31 July 2021
  • Winner of the prize will be drawn on 8 August 2021
  • Winner will be chosen at random. If products advertised as part of the smart home pack are not available solarZero reserves the right to exchange these for products of equal value
  • The prize cannot be exchanged for cash and is non-transferrable
  • The prize will be delivered for free to your home
  • 3 months of free solarZero is calculated based on our largest service size and may vary
  • The three months free is valued at a kauri service with a monthly energy service fee of $145 + GST per month. The size of the service and the value of this could differ depending on your home’s energy use
  • The credit of three months will be applied to your account upon activation of the solarZero energy service. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash and is non-transferable

Grid power pricing explained

Energy

solarZero gives you access to wholesale spot prices for renewable electricity with no markup through our retail service provider. You will pay the floating spot energy rate. From time to time spot prices can spike. A spike usually only lasts for one or two half-hour periods. The solarZero smart battery usually protects you from these occasional price spikes and enables you to take advantage of low spot rates that are up to 20% lower than normal energy rates over the long term. The net price protection cap (plus applicable lines or network charges and GST) ensures you’re not exposed to extended periods of high prices. The graph indicates the average wholesale spot price across the day over the past three years. Our buyback guarantee ensures that when you sell solar power back to the grid you’re paid the same rate it costs you to buy energy from the grid, excluding network charges and GST.

Network costs

Network costs, as published by your local lines company, will be charged without any margin added. Where available Time of Use rates will be used. The graph indicates the network costs across the day. 

Electricity Authority levy

This levy is charged to all residential customers in New Zealand.

Battery operation

The solarZero smart battery is managed by our solarZero services team to optimise the value of solar energy and the cost of grid energy for your home. Our service has been designed to charge the battery from the grid when costs are low (energy and network costs), charge the battery when there is excess solar energy, and utilise the energy from the battery when grid costs are high. The battery may be called upon, from time to time, by Transpower and your local lines company to provide grid support services. 

Metering costs

The cost of installing the required two-way meter at your home is paid by solarZero. The ongoing metering costs, that are normally added to your grid energy bill, are covered by your solarZero energy services payment.


Crux & solarZero online forum competition

UPDATE: The second event has been postponed - details to be advised. Current entrants will be advised and given the opportunity to register to attend the second event. Prize will be drawn when second event has occurred - date to be advised.

  • To be eligible to be in the draw to win the prizes, entrants must register and attend at least one of the two online forums hosted by Crux and solarZero in June/July 2021. Entrants who attend both events will receive two entries into the competition to win a prize. Only one prize will be awarded per entrant.
  • Entrants must be current residents of Upper Clutha in New Zealand. Proof of residence may be requested.
  • Prizes consist of one Panasonic 65" 4k LED TV with HDR Cinema Display (RRP $3,000) and three Panasonic full wireless headphones (RRP $400).
  • One winner per prize will be drawn on 16 July 2021. All eligible entries will go into a random draw. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash and is non-transferrable.
  • This competition is run and administered by solarZero. The winners will be contacted directly by a solarZero representative from the contact information provided in the event registration, arrangements will be made to deliver the prize to each of the winner's addresses. If the winner cannot be contacted after two weeks, the prize will be redrawn.
  • Employees of Crux Media Trust and solarZero are not permitted to enter the competition to win prizes but may attend the online forum events.
  • By entering the competition, entrants give solarZero permission to be contacted for marketing and promotional purposes. Personal contact information will not be shared outside of this competition or solarZero marketing database. Individuals will have the option to unsubscribe from the database following the first contact.
  • To opt-out of the competition and these terms, please email events@solarzero.co.nz