Heidi, Tauranga

Review Date: 15/12/2016

Size: 4.8 kW

Running for: 2 Months

Comments on the installation: "Great, didn't take long."

Comments on the system performance: "We haven't monitored it properly yet as we've been too busy but I think it has."

Advice: "Do it and buy an electric car! We run ours off solar when the sun is out and have no running costs."

Lyn, Invercargill

Review Date: 28/11/2016

Size: 5 kW

Running for: 4 Months

Comments on the installation: "5 days from first contact and only 4 hours to install. Very respectful of their environmental."

Comments on the system performance: "First inverter was faulty but the replaced one is producing plenty. 4 months on and I'm in credit with power company."

Advice: "Don't think, just do. Your future is secured."

Tim, Auckland

Review Date: 27/11/2016

Size: 2 kW

Running for: 2 Months

Comments on the installation: "Very quick and easy installation."

Comments on the system performance: "The performance of my system as been outstanding. My power bill has dropped from $260 a month to just $95 for last month."

Advice: "It is a great investment - really worth having."

Lewis, Gisborne

Review Date: 01/11/2016

Size: 4.5 kW

Running for: 2.5 Months

Comments on the installation: "The installation was carried out by two very good installers, they did the job in good time and they were respectful of the property."

Comments on the system performance: "On days when we have had full sunshine the system has produced a lot of power. Considerable less on dull days but still good. We have saved around $100 per month on our power bill."

Advice: "The decision to install solar panels has been the right one, due to the area we live in they well continue to save us money."

Chris, Tasman

Review Date: 29/09/2016

Size: 2.34 kW

Running for: 3 Months

Comments on the installation: "Installers turned up when they said they would. Carried out the total job in a couple of hours which was impressive."
Comments on the system performance: "As the days get longer we see an increase in production of course. During the winter months, believe we have saved at least 30% on our power bills, but as this is a new house with electric only heating, it could be an even higher saving."
Advice: "Due to low buy back rates in New Zealand, believe solar investment gives the best return only if you can use your appliances (e.g., dishwasher, washing machine, iron, vacuum cleaner, oven) during the hours of production - pre-programming on appliances makes this quite possible even if you're not at home during the day. Love the idea of reducing our carbon footprint, but think there should be more incentives for more people to do so."

John, Upper Hutt

Review Date: 27/09/2016

Size: 5.2 kW (we wanted to maximise the use of the garage roof space)

Running for: 2 Months

Comments on the installation: "Very painless installation, very respectful installers, took two days due to the weather. I would recommend that people seriously consider "What Power Crisis" (our installer)."

Comments on the system performance: "The system is performing as expected. We are saving money on our power bills. I think it has reduced them by a third. So far this month (September) we have generated an average of 11.1 kw each day."

Advice: "I would recommend considering going solar. I think picking the right supply plan is important. Our hot water is on a timer for daytime heating only, as is the deep freeze in the garage."

Charles, Waimakariri

Review Date: 04/09/2016

Size: 4 kW

Running for: 2 Months

Comments on the installation: "The Installation went smoothly. The Installers took only about a day to do the entire installation and answered all my questions during the process."

Comments on the system performance: "In spite of it being winter right now, we are quite pleased with the Solar System. We purchased the Power Genie along with the enlighten inverters and are happy with being able to use over 90% of what we generate. We have compared our last two months of generation and according to Contact Energy, we are saving at least 25% of our power bill. We hope to save even more during the Summer months."

Advice: "If you go solar, don't hesitate to go with the Solar Genie to maximize your use of what you generate. Why get paid only a fraction of what the power companies charge you for your own energy generation. Use as much as you can."

Rosemary & David, Palmerston North

Review Date: 03/08/2016

Size: 3 kW

Running for: 3 Months

Comments on the installation: "Superb - very helpful in explaining what they were doing and how the system works."

Comments on the system performance: "Way more than we expected at this time of the year!"

Advice: "Make sure you get a good Power company that has a good invoicing system that is easily understood, and has a positive attitude towards solar power."

John, Whangarei

Review Date: 28/07/2016

Size: 2.5 kW

Running for: 49 days (I keep a running log)

Comments on the installation: "Yes they respected our property and were very proficient, despite inclement weather."

Comments on the system performance: "Yes, the providers forecast have been spot on for June and July."

Advice: "Yes, we are saving about half the kWh on our previous power bills, because we're very conscious of switching off lights in unattended rooms, running laundry and dishwashers in separate times of day, etc despite being the lowest solar energy in mid-winter months."

Anne, Tasman

Review Date: 27/07/2016

Size: 3.6 kW

Running for: 5 months

Comments on the installation: "We went through your company and asked the 3 companies locally to quote. We choose Solar Electric Technology in Richmond, because they were responsive, explained the pros and cons, visited promptly and had good knowledge, only took one day to install."

Comments on the system performance: "We have been delighted with our savings, we can use nearly all we make because we are home all day and can switch on and off to ensure efficiency."

Advice: "If people use Elios4you they can monitor and manage their use very effectively, reducing their power bills and having instant access to their own solar energy. Very positive impact."

Philip, Christchurch

Review Date: 01/07/2016

Size: 5 kW

Running for: 4 months

Comments on the installation: "They were 10 out of 10."

Comments on the system performance: "I find that I need 30 panels not 20. In the winter time we are saving about $120 a month."

Advice: "It is good, clean and the sun gives it to you free. 7 years it will be paid of. NZ Solar were the best."

Andrew, Wellington

Review Date: 27/06/2016

Size: 2 kW

Running for: 2 Weeks

Comments on the installation: "The installers and salesperson were awesome. Responded quickly to any concerns or issues."

Comments on the system performance: "It's too early to know yet."

Advice: "I would have liked more information on, for example, analysing our power use and how to make the best use of our system. For example, are there user groups to join to ask questions."

Alan, Central Otago

Review Date: 11/06/2016

Size: 5 kW

Running for: 2 months

Comments on the installation: "Installers impressive on PR, speed , tidyness and confident of their know how. Explained what they were doing and why, GREAT

Comments on the system performance: "So far our system has been running during the grimmest time of the year. Poor weather short days,all day fogs,hoare frost and snow. The system has been at least what we expected, goes well under fog cover! We are still learning to use it most efficiently but our power bills so far are about half even though one of the two is an estimate that is obviously a bit over."

Advice: "Ask me again in 12 months and I will really know. I expect it to do much better in summer to offset winter performance. We have an old "Centimeter" in our kitchen that tells us how many grid kW we are using, when the solar is running it tells us how much is being exported.....it takes a little playing to decide if we are importing or exporting. The panels certainly produce what they were designed to produce when everything is ideal weather wise."

Rick, Wellington

Review Date: 12/05/2016

Size: 1 kW

Running for: 2.5months

Comments on the installation: "The installers were very good and the install was pretty quick."

Comments on the system performance: "Because of the time of year it was installed it has not really produced to full capacity yet. It has saved us a small amount of money so far but is within our expectations."

Advice: "I definitely think it was worthwhile and I'm looking forward to battery technology improving and becoming affordable enough for energy storage to become feasible."

Bob, Far North, Northland

Review Date: 06/05/2016

Size: 3 kW

Running for: 2 months

Comments on the installation: "The installer was great and very pleased with the care taken by the installers."

Comments on the system performance: "Very pleased with the system and the feed back from Enphase is great would recommend the system."

Advice: "The system is great once installed there is no further action required and Enphase keeps us informed of the power we are producing."

Todd, Papamoa, Tauranga

Review Date: 08/04/2016

Size: 3.5 kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "Excellent, previous feedback given."

Comments on the system performance: "It is going really well. Over the past 3 months we have save $455.77 based on our average power bill over the preceding 12 months. Based on some calculations I have made, the system will be paid off from the savings, after 7 years."

Advice: "Definitely worth it if you don't let the savings get absorbed into the "big black hole" we are planning to pay the savings off our mortgage."

Tony, Nelson/Tasman

Review Date: 10/03/2016

Size: 2.1 kW

Running for: 1 month

Comments on the installation: "Solar Technology were great. They gave advice, followed up and let us know when there was a delay due to Christmas. Have answered all our queries. Excellent service."

Comments on the system performance: "Solar system has so far performed better than we expected. We will have halved our actual power cost when refund is included.  Over the first 28 days we generated 313kwh. We used 149 kwh of what we produced, we imported 196kwh, so in these 28 days we will pay $49 and save $50."

Advice: "Yes. Get quotes, use SEANZ member. Research value of system,and size needed. We are going to follow up with perhaps a couple more panels facing more NE to get morning sun and will investigate battery storage systems."

Bart, Hastings, Hawkes Bay

Review Date: 28/02/2016

Size: 4 kW

Running for: 2 months

Comments on the installation: "I found them via the internet and had a good experience with them. Install was within 2 weeks."

Comments on the system performance: "The system works well and the (energy use part of the) power bill has more than halved, but of course it is summer now."

Advice: "Can't wait for batteries to become available at a reasonable price so I can use more of my own power in stead of selling it back at a low price. Time for the power companies to embrace the new future."

Bill, Manukau City, Auckland

Review Date: 26/02/2016

Size: 2 kW

Running for: 1 months

Comments on the installation: "No problem with PVSolar, In spite of a partnership breakdown they completed the job. Took a little longer however the Christmas break came in the middle of the installation and that accounted for some of the delay."

Comments on the system performance: "The system seems to be producing consistent 8-10 kwh per day at present (Summer in Auckland). Have had only one power bill so far from Mercury for half of January- 173Kwh $47.54 as apposed to 173Kwh whole of January 2015 at $55.33.Non- discounted . So looking like a 8.6% saving."

Advice: "While the short term benefit may not look attractive, over time this has to be a better option than paying ever increasing electricity tarriffs."

Colin, Queenstown-Lakes

Review Date: 25/02/2016

Size: 6 kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "Very impressed with everyone. Two days and it was all going."

Comments on the system performance: "Great performance. Nearly halved my power bills."

Advice: "Do not be afraid to ask questions and Google as much information as you can find. Research well."

Harvey, Selwyn, Canterbury

Review Date: 24/02/2016

Size: 3 kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "A great team got it all installed in a day although they accidentally switched off the hot water cylinder and the sparky had to come back and track it down - all good though!"

Comments on the system performance: "Trouble free since switching on.  Yes - saving about $70 per month which is what I had estimated."

Advice: "Makes us feel a bit more independent of the power companies and their incessant increases."

Sanjay, Papakura, Auckland

Review Date: 08/02/2016

Size: 2.5 kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "My Solar was installed and commissioned by "World Solar" and the company gave me a great customer experience. The installers were very competent, qualified and efficient. The Project Manager was very friendly and approachable. He responded promptly to any queries or concerns. He was available in the weekends as well. World Solar went an extra-mile in helping me negotiate an Import-Export Meter from my electricity supplier. I am very thankful to this Company."

Comments on the system performance: "The Solar has made a significant difference in my Power Bill and I am happy about making the choice of having Solar to top up my electricity supply."

Advice: "Solar System is an investment that will provide savings to a household in a long run. In addition to this, Solar adds value to your House."

Terry, Porirua, Wellington

Review Date: 07/02/2016

Size: 2kW

Running for: 1.5 months

Comments on the installation: "I was most impressed with the efficiency and expertise displayed by the representatives of What Power Crisis who did the installation. The actual physical work was done in half a day, but Trustpower took several weeks to arrange and complete the electrical connection."

Comments on the system performance: "It has been almost continuously putting out slightly over 2kW per day, obviously due to a magnificent spell of weather in Wellington!"

Advice: "I can't wait for a suitable storage device to be developed so that I can cut my ties with Trustpower completely, I find the seven cents a kWh I get back from them an insult when they are charging me about 30 cents for what they sell to me."

Cedric and Susan, Thames-Coromandel

Review Date: 20/01/2016

Size: 2.6 kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "The installers were very competent and a very professional approach to the whole project, Though did miss-measure and drill a hole in our new carpet!"

Comments on the system performance: "The performance has been great and though only a minimum size ,our savings have been about $100 per month."

Advice: "Just do it--all homes should be fitted with solar as of Law. The savings on fuel , oil and pollution would be huge."

Pete, Napier, Hawkes Bay

Review Date: 07/01/2016

Size: 3 kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "Generally fast and tidy, but once installed I had to wait another 2 weeks before it was operational because I had to wait for the inverter."

Comments on the system performance: "It's been good but there is room for improvement. I think a Tesla power wall sometimes in the not too distant future might be one answer."

Advice: "Always bear in mind that peak power consumption is mornings and evenings when solar delivers very little at best."

Paul, Southland

Review Date: 06/01/2016

Size: 3 kW

Running for: 2 months

Comments on the installation: "Installation went well except water heater timer was not installed until about 6 weeks later and water heating was not included in the solar power until the timer was installed. Consequently savings were limited."

Comments on the system performance: "The solar power system appears to be performing well, and seems to be producing plenty of electricity (average 12 to 16kw a day). Not sure if saving money, but may have a better idea when the import/export meter is installed."

Advice: "Too soon to make meaningful comments - maybe in another 6 months."

Gil, Gore, Southland

Review Date: 23/12/2015

Size: 5 kw

Running for: 30 days

Comments on the installation: "I am a builder and think they the whole team were very professional."

Comments on the system performance: "Still working thru that but sure we be on the win."

Advice: "Nothing to lose talked to a friend tonight and they will convert shortly."

Sandra, Rodney, Auckland

Review Date: 26/11/2015

Size: 4 kW

Running for: 7 weeks

Comments on the installation: "Great. Installers were considerate and made sure we were happy with each part of the installation especially the placement of the inverter."

Comments on the system performance: "Yes performance great. Amazed that on some days we were producing more than 4 kW. Since installation early October we have not produced less than 10 kW. Our record day so far was this week when we produced 28.5 kW. Power bill down by $80 the first month but hopefully this will increase with summer."

Advice: "Down side of solar if you are not getting batteries installed is that you still use power at night - TV, lights, oven etc. The power companies charge you around 4x the price for your imported power as your exported power."

Neville, Dunedin

Review Date: 24/11/2015

Size: 5kw

Running for: 6 weeks

Comments on the installation: "Very efficient. Nice to talk too. Took about 5hrs to install."

Comments on the system performance: "Production is good. Have saved about $20.00 on our first a/c. Will hope for a wee bit more over summer."

Advice: "A great way to cut costs. I have done this with retirement in mind to reduce household expenses. If you can afford the initial outlay I would strongly recomend."

Bryan, Invercargill

Review Date: 21/10/2015

Size: 3.3 kW and intend to up date to 4.4kW by the end of the year.

Running for: 2 months

Comments on the installation: "It was a very slick installation arriving at 8:30 am and finished by 2:00pm. a very good team effort (3) each member had a job to do and got on with it."

Comments on the system performance: "Very good to date we are feeding back power to the grid, our first full power bill shows a saving of $60.00 and we hope that it will only get better as we change the way we use power in the house."

Advice: "In the long term we know it is going to pay for its self, I think the power companies should be more supporting for those like us who are just trying to help the country save money in the long term."

Jerry, Waimakariri

Review Date: 26/09/2015

Size: 4 kW

Running for: 4 months

Comments on the installation: "Process was ok with no issues re the installation of the panels. However, the electrical installation was NOT done correctly & took about 6 weeks to sort despite my continuing contact with the company to sort. They basically were ignoring me & I finally got things sorted when I was able to get the inverter manufcturer in Christchurch to sort. Everything worked very well then until I had an issue with my WiFi code & I have been waiting for 2 weeks to have this rectified. After sales service is appalling!!"

Comments on the system performance: "Pretty much as expected & I am happy with the technology with the exception of my previous comments re the after sales service."

Advice: "Probably worth the investment now that the prices have come down over time."

Reg, Christchurch

Review Date: 19/09/2015

Size: 6.2 kW

Running for: 40 days

Comments on the installation: "Installers were very helpful, respectful and friendly. Main installation took less than two days."

Comments on the system performance: "The system has been performing very well so far with about a 50% reduction in our first power bill since installation."

Advice: "A 50 % reduction in our power bill is a much better return on our money than the paltry interest paid on savings from the bank."

Peter, Lake Hawea

Review Date: 03/09/2015

Size: 5 kW

Running for: 2 months

Comments on the installation: "Excellent install,friendly and competent staff took about 3 hours to install."

Comments on the system performance: "Early days only installed since 20 July but on first complete billing before I was being paid for what I put into the grid I saved approx $120."

Advice: "It's a free source of power.The money I had in the bank was earning 4.05% or $514.35 on the cost of the install.I believe that here in Central Otago I will save five times the interest on the cost of the install and probably add to the value of my home."

AJ, Hamilton

Review Date: 17/08/2015

Size: 2 kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "Hassle free, took less than a day."

Comments on the system performance: "Satisfactory. Not sure how much savings though."

Advice: "Go green."

Simon, Wanganui

Review Date: 11/08/2015

Size: 2.8 kW

Running for: 60 days

Comments on the installation: "From quoting right through to explaining the day to day operation of the system, our providers and installers were brilliant to work with. Clean, tidy workers onsite."

Comments on the system performance: "Not what my original expectations were, but as we learn how to utilise the system, we are seeing the benefits, not just now but for our future plans."

Advice: "Do the research in regards to you current power supplier, they all offer different rates for buy back, but also understand how and when you will be able to view the difference in import and exported energy, as yet I haven't found a energy provider that digitally shows me what I want to see."

Terry, Waitakere City, Auckland

Review Date: 31/07/2015

Size: 2 kW

Running for: About two months

Comments on the installation: "Yes very impressed with sales and installer. Took one day to install ... left my house as if they had not been there ..,"

Comments on the system performance: "Well .. I founfd the hot water vac tube panel the best and made a good difference .. As for power solar panels not so impressive ... As changed power company and. Ended up with slightly after negotiation's higher per kilowatt but yes it's working well and have at the moment 400 kW of export power to get refund @8 cent a KW ..."

Advice: "Overall great ... Good move looking forward to the new better storage system tat will be here soon ...,
Stay with your power company a neg the price of power and meter .. Then get some prices from other companies to keep them honest ... Do your home work .. Watch the plus GST ... Use the al up including GST every time ...."

Ron & Yvonne, Hamilton

Review Date: 18/07/2015

Size: 2 kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "Installers efficient but were delayed by a bout of bad weather."

Comments on the system performance: "When the sun is up it is producing very well. will be better when some council trees are removed. At present we are saving between $2 and $3 per day based on last years power accounts."

Advice: "It was a good decision although we are thinking of increasing the size of the system and are looking at the option of storing surplus generation."

Derek, Christchurch

Review Date: 07/07/2015

Size: 3 kW

Running for: 12 days

Comments on the installation: "Researched on the web and got 5 quotes. Went with World solar as they were by far the most economical and used quality components. They did a great job."

Comments on the system performance: "Only been 20 days in the darkest coldest part of the year but is producing on average 5.5 kWh per day which is about one third of our daily winter requirements. Hasn't come through on power bills yet, but will make a difference and will only get better as the weather improves."

Advice: "Research carefully, and don't get a system too big for your needs. Ours is probably a bit big for us at present (only 2 people) but want to get electric vehicle in near future so will suck up the extra power easily then. If you have to export too much to the grid you get very little back. (5.75c/kWh from Genesis )."

John, Dunedin

Review Date: 16/06/2015

Size: 5 kW

Running for: 12 days

Comments on the installation: "I am happy with the solar installation product in every way. The installers were respectful of my property and did a professional job. The installers did the job efficiently and in a good time frame."

Comments on the system performance: "By adapting to using electricity when the Solar P.V. system is generating I have found the system performs very well. I haven't yet had my WIFI monitoring of the system set up but the last week's Meridian electricity usage update stated I had used 65% less electricity for that week. The Solar P.V. system had only been operating for 50% of that week. I calculated that if it had been a whole week the Solar P.V. system was operating ,I would have paid only 32% of my normal electricity bill I would have had not with the Solar P.V. system. For winter it is performing quite well but I can't be too specific because i don't yet have WIFI monitoring. At this early stage I haven't yet received a power bill covering Solar P.V. system usage, but I will definitely be saving a noticeable and worth while amount."

Advice: "It is a long term investment, you pay up front for the system but in 7 or 8 years time the savings will have paid for the system if you buy a $7,059.99 system. From then on you get cheap electricity bills. It is a good way to prepare for retirement if you buy the system at least 7 years before retiring. Electricity is the second highest overhead for living so if you can reduce that over head you are at a distinct advantage financially."

Buddy, Thames-Coromandel

Review Date: 20/05/2015

Size: 1.5 kW

Running for: 2 months

Comments on the installation: Time taken - "almost a full day"

Comments on the system performance: "It looks to be producing well but I haven't been able to gauge how much it has reduced my power bill because the retailer has not yet installed the appropriate meter."

Advice: "Make sure the retailer is on board if you are not going completely off-grid."

Peter, Western Bay of Plenty

Review Date: 17/05/2015

Size: 4 kW

Running for: 2+ Months

Comments on the installation: "Very good, quick and very helpful."

Comments on the system performance: "Currently saving about 2/3 of earlier (pre-solar) bills."

Advice: "Mysolarquotes provided an extremely useful service with 3 providers contacting me and all visiting and giving quotes. We did not select the cheaper, but the one who appeared to understand our needs and were technically convincing that they knew what they were talking about. It was an electricain we were talking to, not a sales person."

Liz, Rodney, Auckland

Review Date: 05/05/2015

Size: 1.5 kW

Running for: 1 month

Comments on the installation: "Installation was quick and pain free except that when the salesperson came and checked my verandah (where the panels are installed) he didn't see that some of the purlins were rotten and so I had to get them back to remove the panels to allow the builder to replace them. The whole process took two hours plus there would have been two hours travel and they charged me for a whole day which I thought was a bit rich. Also, the salesperson said they would put some panels on the north-west facing verandah and some on the north east facing one which, unless you use micro-inverters on each panel is impossible with a single inverter. I would say that buyers really need to be well educated on solar systems and their requirements before purchasing them so as to get the best from their installation."

Comments on the system performance: "The system works pretty well although it could work better. The roof line shades the north east facing verandah roof in the afternoon so the generating period is shorter than it could be in Summer and Autumn. I have yet to see how it performs over winter. The 1.5 KwH system usually provides as much power as I use in a day except, as it is grid-tied rather than using battery storage, at night I use power from the grid. Also, my hot water heater is 3kW so the system doesn't generate enough to heat it. Over winter I have a wet back so that heats the water. I was paying on average $60 a month in electricity I now pay a total of approx $25 a month of which $10 is the daily rate. I've been keeping a tally of daily readings for two months and the daily average net electricity usage is 0.50c excl GST. So yes, the system does save me money. However for a family I'd say a bigger system would be required."

Advice: "If you are a smart electricity user, use the solar generation during the day when it is generating and keep night time use to a minimum, always turn off appliances and don't leave them on standby etc you will save money no doubt. There is encouraging news regarding battery storage with Tesla producing a 7.5kW and a 10kW battery for home gen use. They cost around $3500US and no doubt will come down in price over time. So going off the grid, which is what I want to do, is possible at a reasonable price."

Ian, Palmerston North

Review Date: 27/04/2015

Size: 2 kW

Running for: 6 weeks

Comments on the installation: "When parts finally arrived, installation went smoothly. Installers were very helpful and it took two days to complete."

Comments on the system performance: "Seems to be working well. I reckon to have saved ~$30 on the last electricity bill."

Advice: "Good idea if you can find the upfront cost of the panels."

Mark, Hastings

Review Date: 22/03/2015

Size: 4 kW

Running for: 3 month

Comments on the installation: "The installation went smoothly with a A1 installer, THEN the wait for a new import/export meter (frustrating)."

Comments on the system performance: "No problem with performance due to a high sunshine hours this summer, as its only been operating for 3 power bills will look at how cost effective it is as winter comes along.  Main problem is the over the top estimates from my chosen power company."

Advice: "This is not about solar power BUT the amount of over pricing then lowering the price with subsidys in the insulation trade (boardering on fraud) over smaller installers who offer the same end price (with no subsidys)."

Geoff, Central Hawkes Bay

Review Date: 14/03/2015

Size: 3.2 kW

Running for: 2 months

Comments on the installation: "Found the solar installer by on line web search , he was the first to reply, arrive , quote and thus secure the job , the instillation was completed in under the time , with an increased capacity , perfect contact maintained throughout"

Comments on the system performance: "Have not had experience enough to come up with any reliable details of performance , there has been some noticeable drop in power bills , approximately halved , bearing in mind this is over the summer months."

Advice: "Have dealt with Contact for years , they are all but impossible to deal with , the main problem being their inability to call a spade a spade ... their very involved repayment system, has yet to be sorted , several months in ,but their quoted buy in rate by far the most generous around , once working expect to recieve the excellent service provided prior , to the 8mth delays generated, during the change over."

Tony, Selwyn

Review Date: 14/03/2015

Size: 5.1 kW, 20 x 255W panels with Enasolar inverta plus immerSUN self-consumption controller

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "Installers very respectful and courtious. Job done 2 days."

Comments on the system performance: "Solar Living" are Christchurch based and the dialogue has been perfect. I believe they have gone beyound what is expected of a Company. After seeing the performance of Solar Electric pannels they should be compulsary for every new build. Government could do more to promote this energy source."

Advice: ""Solar Living" are Christchurch based and the dialogue has been perfect. I believe they have gone beyound what is expected of a Company. After seeing the performance of Solar Electric pannels they should be compulsary for every new build. Government could do more to promote this energy source."

Shannon, Christchurch City

Review Date: 02/03/2015

Size: 3.24 kW

Running for: 1 month

Comments on the installation: "Great team of guys from Ashburton who installed for Harrisons"

Comments on the system performance: "It's going well, north aspect averaging 13kwh per day. Have not had a power bill as homegen was only recently installed. Delta who install these let the process down and the solar industry needs to find some other company who can provide a better service."

Advice: "Why wait, start saving now."

Alistair, Auckland

Review Date: 01/03/2015

Size: 4kW

Running for: 2 weeks

Comments on the installation: "The installers were amazingly courteous and very respectful while explaining what they were doing along the way of the install."

Comments on the system performance: "We haven't had a bill yet but have been checking on the app and it appears to be working really well."

Advice: "Wish I had done it years ago and planning more installs on commercial buildings."

Shirley, Papakura

Review Date: 17/02/2015

Size: 3kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "Excellent, trouble free installation. Took 2 half days. However Counties Power took 2 months to install the smart meters but Xmas and New Year did intervene."

Comments on the system performance: "Performance satisfactory. Best week averaged 15.6 kWh/day, worst week in mid-Dec was 9.8 kWh/day. Best day = 19.9 kWh. Since solar was connected, 93 days ago we have produced 1236 kWh, averaging about 13.3 kWh/day. We were told that the system would average about 11.7 kWh/day over a year so the estimate looks good.  Our power bills for November and January were about 20% less than previous year and we had guests over the festive period, which we didn't have in 2013. Don't know about power back to Contact Energy because no invoice since new meters were fitted. Very cloudy days in Auckland lately, need more sunshine! We had expected to save about 50% of our power bill but I doubt if it will be that much, maybe 30-40%. We need another 9 months to confirm that one way or the other. Contact Energy reducing their power buy back to 8c/kWh just after we decided to go solar was disappointing but we had guessed that would happen. There should be a Government minimum that power companies buy power back from customers for, probably about 15c/kWh. As usual the power distributers are ripping us off! The display monitor is excellent and we haven't tired of following the data. BUT the gadget itself is very temperamental and the slightest (and I mean slightest) brush against the power lead turns the monitor off.

Advice: "If you have funds sitting in a bank getting less than 4% interest then get solar asap. The savings on your power bill will far exceed the interest lost."

Irvin, Christchurch

Review Date: 09/01/2015

Size: 3kW

Running for: Had 1st power account with meter installed

Comments on the installation: "Great communication and job well done in 3 hours including new switchboard in garage."

Comments on the system performance: "Saved $100 the first month"

Advice: "I was surprised how the power goes up and down when cloudy and sunny."

Graeme, Ohope

Review Date: 17/12/2014

Size: 4kW

Running for: 15 months

Comments on the installation: "Good".

Comments on the system performance: "Operating to specification. Have yet to pay a bill but have to produce treble what I consume to cover other costs that retailer is adding to the bill - distribution, levies... Eventually had a smart meter installed but I have no access to it. I would like to monitor my consumption. The EnaSolar Inverter (NZ made) is excellent for monitoring production."

Advice: "Add an extra PV panel(s) to cover heating your hot water and avoid installing a separate hot water heating system. Less capital outlay, less equipment."

Graham, Timaru

Review Date: 10/11/2014

Size: 2kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "They were very efficient and respectful.They only took about 2 and a half hours to instal the panels."

Comments on the system performance: "I presume we have been saving money but Contact energy haven't installed an import/export meter as yet."

Advice: "I was going to install more panels but as Contact energy have reduced the buyback rate I am having second thoughts."

Anthony, Tauranga

Review Date: 27/10/2014

Size: 4kW

Running for: 1.5 months

Comments on the installation: "The installation was done well. It did not take long."

Comments on the system performance: "The system performs very well and many times reaches the full 4 kW. This was the best day so far: 2014-10-24 28.24Kilowatts.The system produces an abundant amount of power. More than I need. It does reduce the power bill, but as of yet, I have not received payment from the power company , other than 2.52 NZD, of the exported power.  I have switched to Contact energy but they still have not approved me as a vendor. And Trust Power did not read the export reading before doing the switch to Contact Energy."

Advice: "Definitely get a monocrystalline system. They do perform better."

Allen, Ashburton

Review Date: 22/10/2014

Size: 5.1kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "The installation went very well and was completed in 2 1/2 days. The installers did an excellent job and left the property clean and tidy.'

Comments on the system performance: "It has been 2 months since the export meter was installed, since then we have imported 980kw and exported 870 kw. We are more than happy with the performance especially since it was middle of winter to early spring."

Advice: "Power will never be cheaper than it was yesterday so now is the best time to start thinking; my wife and me are pleased we made the decision."

Katy, Upper Hutt

Review Date: 16/10/2014

Size: 5kW

Running for: 4 weeks

Comments on the installation: "The solar installation was so easy. The installers were delayed because of poor weather but kept us informed of their timetable. They worked hard and efficiently. Unfortunately when the meter was changed a fault in the relay upset our use of night time rates for power and this has still not been corrected even after three attempts by the electricians."

Comments on the system performance: "The savings have not come through yet but I am sure they will be useful. The generation of power has been greater than we anticipated considering the issue with shade that we have."

Advice: "Using solar power is great. I am looking forward to when the technology for storing some of the power generated can happen meaning then that everything that is generated from our roof would be used by us. The price the power company pays for the power we generate does not equal the price we have to pay for the power we use from the company. Being self sufficient in generating power and using power would be so good."

Gary, Hamilton

Review Date: 16/10/2014

Size: 4kW

Running for: 6 weeks

Comments on the installation: "The installers were great, the biggest issue was getting approval from the lines company, this took several weeks and a site inspection by them."

Comments on the system performance: "It has surprised me, it just operates, no need to check, switch or do anything. We have produced over 600 Kw in this time, using 88 % of this. Exporting the other 12%. We have had one power account and reduced our bill by over $100"

Advice: "If they can afford the capital cost, and will be able to use the majority generated, then they should do it."

Lorraine, Manukau City

Review Date: 15/09/2014

Size: 3.75kW

Running for: 5 days

Comments on the installation: "We used S4Solar to do our installation and had excellent service from them. They took three days to complete the installation and I would recommend them without hesitation."

Comments on the system performance: "Too soon to have a good idea but we're pleased with how it's performing."

Advice: "If you can afford the upfront cost then it's well worth doing both in terms of the long term savings and the environmental benefits."

John, Marlborough

Review Date: 14/09/2014

Size: 4kW

Running for: 1 months

Comments on the installation: "The solar installation was well organised and I was kept fully informed of its progress. The system took two days to install and the installers were very careful during the installation process."

Comments on the system performance: "The performance of the system has been excellent. Even though it is winter and the weather has been poor, I have had excellent power production and I except the bills will be reduced significantly."

Peter, Waikato

Review Date: 10/09/2014

Size: 2kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "They were a great bunch of guys they put everything in the right places i was surprised it didnt take long at all."

Comments on the system performance: "The performance so far has been excellent, even produces on the darkest days savings for me have been more than halve, can't wait till the summer months arrive."

Advice: "Go for it if you can afford the money plus long term staying in your own house cant lose."

Karen, Waimakariri Canterbury

Review Date: 31/08/2014

Size: 5kW

Running for: 1 months

Comments on the installation: "The installers, were respectfull, helpfull and worked quickly and cleanly."

Comments on the system performance: "As yet unknown because although system up and running, it was Contact who didn't "complete" by installing new import /export meter untill begining of the month so have not been able to do comparisons yet."

Advice: "Common sense to do it if you can afford the initial out lay. Power is only going to increase in cost, and I prefer my money in my bank not the power company's."

Allen, Hamilton

Review Date: 24/07/2014

Size: 1.7kW

Running for: 4 months

Comments on the installation: "Installer got in touch after I filled out the form at mysolarquotes. From the time I signed the contact the system was install in 11 days. The installer was very good and no damage to our property. Took the team from 8am to all finish by 2pm."

Comments on the system performance: "Our system runs though our controlled side which runs all but the hot water.  Our usage has dropped from 14 units a day to average of 6 units. In April the extra power export was 84, May 81, June 60 and will exceed 80+ for July. To compare June 13 use was 624 unit, Jun 14 178 units."

Advice: "Good value for money. If my money was in the bank interest will be about $250 for the year compared to a power bill saving of over $600. Systems life is 25 years and power prices are only going to rise and with this installed it gets the priced locked in to approx. 13.5 cents per unit."

Alan, New Plymouth

Review Date: 09/07/2014

Size: 2.5kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "Great, not problems efficient and friendly."

Comments on the system performance: "Going into winter you wouldn't expect too much but it has been better than I expected and power bills are way down."

Advice: "Solar will only get cheaper and power will get dearer so I think Iam onto a winner here."

Hans, Hastings

Review Date: 09/07/2014

Size: 10kW

Running for: 7 months

Comments on the installation: "The installation went as planned. Friendly installers, good communication etc."

Comments on the system performance: "The system performs as planned; we are rural and definitely saving a lot on our power bills; we may become power bill 'neutral' after a year."

Advice: "For us, this was an excellent investment. Power is an expense that keeps coming back, year-after-year. We simply enjoy seeing how the system is performing."

Neil, Timaru

Review Date: 30/06/2014

Size: 3.2kW

Running for: 9 months

Comments on the installation: "Very good installers. Installers placed cardboard on the lawn so it would not cut up and carpet on the roof where they were walking over and working on. The intial installation took 2 days.  Had to wait for the Lines Company to sign it off."

Comments on the system performance: "Very pleased with its performance. Currently my export total is 1999 KWHs and import total is 2171 KWHs You need to take account the poor weather we have had here in Timaru over the past 2 months. We only have a heatpump for heating.  At the end of April import total 1195 KWHs was and the export total was 1889 KWHs. I went into this looking for a return of more that 4.5% on my orginal investment of $12500, not what the pay back term would be!"

Robin, Wellington

Review Date: 28/06/2014

Size: 2kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the installation: "The installation was straightforward and completed in less than a day.  No problems with the equipment so far. The installer was very helpful and prompt to reply to any queries I had."

Comments on the system performance: "The performance has been expected. Installing it during Autumn is not the best time of year but even on a clear day the output has been approx. 7-8kWh. In summer with a higher sun and longer daylight the output I estimate will be nearer 16kWh.  Savings on average are 30 to 40% lower bills."

Advice: "There are lots of factors to consider when choosing to go solar or not. The most important factor is whether your lifestyle can support you using as much electricity during the day generated from your panels.  The payback period can vary markedly depending on the cost of installation, your current electricity plan and your lifestyle so I encourage people to do some analysis before deciding to go solar."

Aaron, Waikato

Review Date: 27/06/2014

Size: 2.88kW

Running for: 1 year

Comments on the installation: "The solar panel company were great in everyway. Professional and left nothing at the site except a way to make power."

Comments on the system performance: "It performs as well as I thought, it is my second solar system, first was in japan ..2nd in nz.  One difference was in japan you had place to plug in power in a power cut, they need these in nz.  We are only paying about 35-50$ for electricity 2 adults 2 children."

Advice: "Every house that can affoard to get solar has a responsibility to help save the earth.  NZ is not a green country, but we as consumers can make it green, go solar people go solar."

Alison, Hamilton

Review Date: 27/06/2014

Size: 3kW

Running for: 2.5 months

Comments on the installation: "Took half a day as they had not factored in that they would have to trench for about a meter."

Comments on the system performance: "Bit hard to tell in 2 1/2 months of very wet weather but have contributed 195 kW hrs to the grid. I have not seen an itemised bill in that whole time from my power and gas provider, Contact. The power and gas bill combined for 2 months with 22% discount was about $200 (which is not measurable in terms of kW hrs.) Contact Energy has a low daily charge and a higher "Low user" cut off point but their billing system is in disarray at the moment. They also have a dual fuel discount of 22% hence the low recent non bill."

Blair, Franklin Auckland

Review Date: 26/06/2014

Size: 2kW

Running for: 3 weeks

Comments on the installation: "Installation of the system took one day.  It was pleasant experience, with the electrician, being polite, cheerful & respectful."

Comments on the system performance: "Whilst the weather has been more overcast than normal, the system is producing power at times more than expected in the winter months."

Keith & Ako, Marlborough

Review Date: 26/06/2014

Size: 2kW

Running for: 3 weeks

Comments on the installation: "Installation of the system took one day.  It was pleasant experience, with the electrician, being polite, cheerful & respectful."

Comments on the system performance: "Whilst the weather has been more overcast than normal, the system is producing power at times more than expected in the winter months."

Advice: 2kW

Callan, Matamata-Piako Waikato

Review Date: 25/06/2014

Size: 4kW

Running for: 8 months

Comments on the installation: "Excellent communication and no hassles with instal - we were having a renovation done at the same time and they fitted in easily. Was only a few days - the panels on the roof and then hooking up the electrics with our sparky."

Comments on the system performance: "About what was expected in summer but less than we had hoped in winter. Power bills which had averaged $240pm across the year were little or nothing but are now up to $100"

Advice: "Look at how you use power and where possible use it during the day when it is likely to be free. We also put in a hot water heat pump which only runs between 10am and 2pm - heating a 300l tank which gets us through all day and night. Use timers if you aren't around during the day to turn on dishwashers, washing machines. etc."

Howard, Auckland

Review Date: 25/06/2014

Size: 4kW

Running for: 8 months

Comments on the installation: "Excellent communication and no hassles with instal - we were having a renovation done at the same time and they fitted in easily. Was only a few days - the panels on the roof and then hooking up the electrics with our sparky."

Comments on the system performance: "About what was expected in summer but less than we had hoped in winter. Power bills which had averaged $240pm across the year were little or nothing but are now up to $100"

Advice: "Look at how you use power and where possible use it during the day when it is likely to be free. We also put in a hot water heat pump which only runs between 10am and 2pm - heating a 300l tank which gets us through all day and night. Use timers if you aren't around during the day to turn on dishwashers, washing machines. etc."

John, Rodney Auckland

Review Date: 25/06/2014

Size: 2kW

Running for: 7 months

Comments on the installation: "Installers were good. Approx 3 weeks delay while ordering parts. Then one day to install."

Comments on the system performance: "It appears to be performing well, but difficult to detirmine savings. Billing system has been based on estimates, based on estimates to the point of absolute cofusion and disbelief. [ I think they must use Lotto to fix there estimated readings !!!!] In an admission that they could not understand there own accounts, Meridian have now cancelled all previous "Accounts" and are starting again from November of last year. Trying to get an answer was, in the extreme, frustrating. The information call line, is difficcult to access, and appears to be staffed by people not equipped to give advice. Hopefully Meridian have now got things sorted

Advice: "In an act of frustration I cotacted Contact Energy. The information they provided was all by email, and again difficult to understand. No one was available to discuss my questions.  If we are to expand the use of solar, it is vitally important that these companies must be required to present information and accounts that are simple to interpret and understand."

Fred & Pauline, Rodney Auckland

Review Date: 25/06/2014

Size: 2kW

Running for: 6 months

Comments on the installation: "A painless process, the installers were very respectful of our property, asking our opinion and agreement with aspects of the installation before going ahead."

Comments on the system performance: "Really good, in the summer months it saved us about $50 per month, probably about half that in the winter months."

Advice: "If you have the money in your bank, use it to install a solar system, it gives a better return than the bank interest. Borrowing money to install solar panels might not be so economic."

Walter, North Shore Auckland

Review Date: 25/06/2014

Size: 2kW

Running for: 6 months

Comments on the installation: "A painless process, the installers were very respectful of our property, asking our opinion and agreement with aspects of the installation before going ahead."

Comments on the system performance: "Really good, in the summer months it saved us about $50 per month, probably about half that in the winter months."

Advice: "If you have the money in your bank, use it to install a solar system, it gives a better return than the bank interest. Borrowing money to install solar panels might not be so economic."

Phil, Rodney Auckland

Review Date: 25/06/2014

Size: 2kW

Running for: 10 months

Comments on the installation: "The installers Sky Solar were very good . time to install about 2 days maybe 3. I recommended them to my to my brother Mike who has since had a 3 kw system installed."

Comments on the system performance: "Performance is good, more than enough for my needs, I am the only one in the house so far my power bill is showing credit".

Advice: "Better than most investments. I recommend it to any one that can afford it and has suitable roof aspect for the panels."

Terry, Rodney Auckland

Review Date: 25/06/2014

Size: 3kW

Running for: 9 months

Comments on the installation: "he installation took 2 days to install and wired into meter box. The installer was very knowledgeable and clean in his work. We had 10 panels installed."

Comments on the system performance: "The solar power system has produced savings as quoted and have been monitoring the power that it has produced. The power bill has certainly been reduced"

Advice: "Ensure that the solar company imports their products and also their installers work for the company to get the right warranty.Do your own research and obtain three quotes and take time to decide and not be pressured into buying."

Paul, Rotorua

Review Date: 25/06/2014

Size: 5kW

Running for: 7 months

Comments on the installation: "The guys from S4Solar were fantastic"

Comments on the system performance: "The system has been great , It has more then cut our bill in half"

Advice: "Choose your power supplier carefully"

David, Christchurch City

Review Date: 25/06/2014

Size: 5kW

Running for: 3 months

Comments on the system performance: "We saved money over the first month but as it was going into winter and it was the worst weather in Christchurch for many years there was not a great saving since."

Advice: "It is a great way to contribute to the CO2 savings for the country"