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Why Powersmart?

At PowerSmart, we make it easy to power your home with sunlight.

We take care of the whole process from engineering and design to installation and connection, so you can enjoy the benefits of hassle-free solar electricity.

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We work closely with you to find the best solar electricity system for your needs. To do this, we conduct solar assessment of  your home and design a solar electricity system that’s personalised to you.  This includes a production model so you can see your return on your invesment, giving you all the information needed to make an informed decision.


Thanks to our direct relationships with suppliers, PowerSmart always include the best components at the best prices, tailored to your needs.



Getting your system installed and connected couldn’t be simpler. We take care of all paperwork and consents for you, and send our nationwide PowerSmart accredited installation team to get you set up.

We don't cut corners and our systems are designed by engineers to last a lifetime.


Solar Electricity OPTIONS

PowerSmart has two options for home owners to enjoy the benefits of solar electricity:

Off-Grid Solar Electricity

Can't connect to the Grid

Off-Grid is right for you.

PowerSmart has been installing off-grid systems since we started. We have installed off-grid systems for whole island communities, businesses and individuals.

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Grid-Connected Solar Electricity

I am connected to the grid.

Help me reduce my powerbill.

Solar electricity is a great way to reduce your powerbill. With PowerSmart the solution is simple, sign up today and in as little as six weeks you could be the proud owner of a solar electricity system.

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Case Studies

See what our customers say about us.

Bill and Josee McClure

Bill and Josee

Bill and Josee McClure

Sometimes things are better said in peoples own words. Below is a letter we received from Bill and Josee four months after their solar electricity system was installed. Dear Anna, Had a nice weekend? Lovely here, frosty in the mornings, glorious...

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Eric Murray

Eric Murray

Eric Murray

In this short video one of New Zealand's most successful rowers. Eric Murray, talks about his family's decision to have solar installed on their dream home in the St Kilda development near...

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Tiki Taane

Tiki Taane

Tiki Taane

Tiki Taane talks about his decision to install solar panels and the sense of freedom he feels from taking the power...

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Robert Morton

Robert Morton

"The system is robust, maintenance free and well installed, We are very happy customers of PowerSmart and would recommend the company to anyone considering solar power generation.  In November 2010 a grid connected solar array was...

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"We have never had a project go so smoothly, they finished two weeks ahead of schedule."

Dan Udy - Director: Udy Group

"We deal with a great number of contractors and would rate PowerSmart's delivery onsite as amongst the very best"


Jason Happy - National Facilities Manager at Kiwi Property

We are delighted to be supplementing our existing renewable energy supply, which already incorporates solar water heating, wind and biological initiatives with solar PV electricity. This will certainly assist us achieve our ultimate goal of self-sufficiency.”

Peter Yealands founder Yealands Estate Wines.

Common Questions

We work with you to provide the greatest solution for your business’s energy requirements. Below are our most common questions, but feel free to ask us anything.

How much will a solar electricity system cost me?

The cost for your solar electricity system is dependent on its size. We have...

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I want to go completely off the grid, can I do that?

Going off the grid is very achievable and we have done this for individual...

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How do I choose which solar electricity system is best for me?

There are a few things you will need to consider when deciding on the size of...

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How long will my solar electricity system last for?

Solar PV panels have no moving parts so happily last well in excess of their 25...

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How long does it take to get a PowerSmart solar electricity system installed after I order it?

Once your solar system deposit has been received by us the lead time to your...

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Who buys back excess electricity?

Many electricity retailers do voluntarily buy back excess electricity generated...

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What is the difference between grid-tied and off-grid solar electricity systems.

Grid-tied Solar: Grid-tied or grid connected solar is a solar electricity...

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What is a hybrid solar electricity system?

Hybrids are becoming more and more topical thanks to the Tesla Powerwall. The...

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Do solar electricity systems require council consent?

Each council within New Zealand has its own policies regarding what they...

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Do solar electricity systems require maintenance?

No, as long as your panels are mounted on an incline the rain will do most of...

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Are there Government subsidies?

Currently there are no subsidies available for solar PV in New...

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How much extra load do the solar panels put on the roof?

With our solar panels you do not have to worry about the extra load on your...

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Where are the solar panels and inverters manufactured?

We only use the best quality components from reputable suppliers. Our solar...

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Will my roof orientation and roof slope affect my solar electricity system performance?

The orientation and slope of your roof does matter.  The optimal...

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What is the difference between monocrystalline, multicrystalline (or polycrystalline) and thin film solar modules?

Monocrystalline solar panels are made up of single crystal wafer cells. ...

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What is the difference between kW and kWh?

A kilowatt (kW) is a unit of power, which a device uses or generates at a given...

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Can I still use all of my electrical appliances at all times?

Yes. With grid connected solar power you are still attached to the...

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Will I still have power if there is a grid power outage?

In short, no. In order to comply with the New Zealand Electrical Code, the...

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Is a grid connected solar electricity system environmentally friendly?

Yes. Grid connected solar is quite possibly the cleanest way to produce...

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Can solar panels resist salt, sulphur, strong winds & hail?

We design solar electricity systems specifically for harsh environments and...

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Do you install on all types of roofs?

We install on most roof types. Our systems are designed to be mounted to most...

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How can I reduce the amount of power used in my home?

Being more efficient on the use of power in your home could ultimately lead to...

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I have three phase supply to my house, do I need to get a single phase inverter or a three phase inverter?

Single phase is the most common type of supply for urban homes. If you are on...

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Can I keep my current electricity retailer?

Yes. Most energy companies offer metering and billing arrangements that suit...

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Does the mounting system allow airflow under the panels to help cool them?

Yes, there is a 100mm gap which allows...

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What will my electricity bill / rebate look like?

Your electricity bill will look the same as it did before, but will have an...

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Can I see how much electricity my system is producing?

Yes. Different inverters provide different levels of monitoring. In addition to...

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Can a system be up-scaled later on?

Up-scaling is possible but largely depends on the system size that you are...

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What is internalised power usage?

Solar panels produce electricity when the sun shines on them. You make the...

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We are constantly pushing the boundaries, with the awards to prove it.

Seanz Awards - Winner Craters of the Moon

Winner seanz 2014: Largest off grid implementation

Craters of the moon, Taupo.

SBN Awards 2014

finalist sbn awards 2014: Community innovation award

St Kilda development, Cambridge

New River Green 50

New River green 50: Ranking # 14 in New Zealand

Westpac Sustainability

Finalist Westpac BOP Business Awards 2014: Sustainability

Westpac Logistics

finalist westpac BOP business awards 2014: Manufacturing and LOgistics

Seanz Awards - Otuwhare Marae

 Winner Seanz 2014: Best Grid-Tied implementation under 10kW

Otuwhare Marae, East Cape

Export New Zealand

Winner BNZ Bop Export Awards 2012: Emerging Exporter of the Year.

BNZ Bay Of Plenty Export Awards

Finalist Bop export awards: Exporter of the year award

EECA Awards

Winner EECA 2014: Right house renewable energy award

Tokelau Renewable Energy Project

New Zealand Sustainable 60 Awards

Winner NZ sustainable 60 awards: Best Small Business

Seanz Awards - Winner Tarewa

Winner seanz 2014: Largest Grid Tied implementation:

Tarewa mega mall - whangarei, 240kW

Seanz Awards - Craters of the Moon

Winner seanz 2014: best off-grid implementation

Craters of the moon, Taupo

SBN Award Renewables

Finalist SBn Awards 2014: Renewables innovation Award

tarewa mega centre, whangarei

NZSDA Awards

Bronze NZSDA Awards 2014: Powersmart HQ signage and brand

Westpac Awards

Winner WEstpac BOP Business Awards 2014: BRanding and Marketing

Economy's Sustainable Awards

Winner International Economy's Sustainable Awards 2013: Best emerging renewable energy company, South Pacific

New Zealand Innovators Awards

winner new zealand innovators award 2012: Innovation in Sustainability and Cleantech. Tokelau renewable energy project

Westpac Customer Service

Finalist Westpac BOP Business awards 2014: Customer Service

SBN Award Impact

Finalist SBN Awards 2014: Renewables impact award

Yealand Estate Wines, Blenheim

SBN Awards 2012

Finalist Sustainable Business Network 2012 Awards: Trailblazer Sustainable Medium Business - BOP

Westpac Innovation

Finalist Westpac BOP Business Awards 2014: Innovation