SOLAR POWER SYSTEMS FOR NZ FARMS
World Solar would like the farming community to investigate these large financial benefits that solar energy would have on their business. Passing the solar option onto the farmers in our first year back in New Zealand has not been easy with dairy farmers being such busy people and not always having the time to look into their power consumption and how savings could be made.
A lot of farmers might also believe solar is a product just for the households but it’s actually a product perfectly suited for big business and it’s a simple product to understand.
We provide obligation free consultations and analysis of your current energy use, we also provide a cost benefits proposal of what one of our Solar PV Systems could do you.
World Solar are also specialists in ground-mount Solar PV systems, we use this setup if the farmers shed roof is unsuitable for mounting panels.
World Solar have installed 10MW (megawatts) of solar farming across Australasia, and have also played a part in installing an 8MW solar farm in Thailand. This farm can power around 5000 homes.
World Solar powers the shed and the grid
Southland farmer Jimmy Gerritsen wanted his new shed business to be environmentally friendly and economically sustainable.
World Solar installed his solar power system and Jimmy is able to power both the shed and the grid, with an aim to have his investment paying for itself in 4 years.
And Jimmy is now considering another World Solar system for his other shed.
Why get solar panels installed?
- They start saving you money on your power bill from day one
- Using solar energy helps the environment
- Complete finance options are available
- Friendly team of installers and sales people
- NZ based company
- Years of experience both in NZ and Australia
Dairy farmers making savings from Solar
Hughie and Diane Mathiesons Dairy Shed near Riverton was the first in the South Island to have a Solar PV system installed by World Solar. Hughie told us they see it as a solid investment, they are spending money to save more money.
Hughie said “I’ve calculated the investment to produce a 15-20% rate of return which would be very hard to find elsewhere. The panels come with a 25 year performance warranty so that gives us a guaranteed long term saving, and who knows how much conventional power will cost in the future.”
World Solar Director Doone Morrell said “€œthe Mathieson’s used 131,400kWh in 2013 at an average of 10,950kWh a month or 360kWh a day. Mathiesons roof now has 120 x 250w panels which is an 30kW system, which should be able to cut their bill by at least 30%.
Mathieson’s solar system will be feeding power back into the grid during the winter months while the dairy shed is not in use, but the vast majority of their savings will come from not having to pay for the importing power.
Hughie said when dealing with World Solar they took care of all of the paper work including council, grid approval, solar meter changeover etc, which made it pretty easy for us, the communication between them and ourselves was great, they knew what they were doing.
Some simple reasons why Solar Panels are a good idea in NZ
Is around the number of average sunlight hours in NZ each year.
KG's of Carbon Monoxide offset by an average system per year.
Year warranty for all NZ homes and businesses ensures value.
Our solar panel systems come equipped with an easy to use members portal. This portal shows you how much energy your solar panels are making thanks to the NZ sun and also gives you an indication of how much money the system has saved you to date. Numbers don’t lie, we can show you your return on investment.
We have a number of systems set up for potential customers like yourself to have a look at prior to purchasing, while some functionality is blocked, you still get a feel for how the portal operates.
World Solar is a proud Card Partner of Farmlands.
For existing Farmlands customers, Farmlands offers World Solar customers a 2.5% rebate on the purchase price, three choices points for every $150 spent and normal Farmlands payment terms. It’s as easy as handing over your Farmlands Card
We have done a lot of work with farmers and can hand on heart say the cost savings some of them have seen is truly phenomenal. You work while the sun is up and that’s when your solar system preforms best. It just makes sense. Get in touch today and one of the team will be happy to pop out to your farm and develop a system that will work for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. World Solar can install an inverter capable of being added to in future. Eg: A 3kw Solar Panel system can be installed with a 5kw Inverter, therefore allowing you to add a further 2kw of Solar Panels in future.
This System will produce an approximate daily average of 120kW, or 43,800kW a year. This will take care of between 30-50% of the power requirements for the Mathiesons for example. So if you know the rate you are being charged per KW for your electricity its a quick calculation that usually ends up becoming a pretty big number.
At World Solar we have a five year warranty on the German manufactured SMA Inverters and a 25 year 80% performance warranty on all of our solar panels
No, there is no maintenance to be done, other than to give the panels a hose down every now and then. The rain showers are generally enough to keep the dust from building up on the panels.