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To embrace sustainability. To battle climate change. To reset how this country is powered.

Our story

solarcity’s rich history as pioneers of innovation in solar energy development began in Christchurch in the 1970s, with the company’s early beginnings as Thermocell, a solar water heating company that was started by Professor Arthur Williamson and his colleagues from the University of Canterbury.

Under the guidance of founder Andy Booth, the company evolved to become New Zealand’s leading solar energy business with offices in Christchurch, Nelson and Auckland. Over the past 35+ years it has put more solar systems on Kiwi homes and businesses than any other company.

Driven by strong values and a mission to help Kiwis access smarter, cleaner energy, the company continues to innovate and deliver on the shared value of Kaitiakitanga - the Maori principle of guardianship. It’s a constand reminder we have a dute of care to look after our place, our people and the generations to follow.

A cleaner, brighter New Zealand

We are on a mission to accelerate New Zealand’s transition to be 100% renewable and lower the cost of energy for Kiwis.

This mission is aligned to New Zealand’s target of 100% renewable electricity generation by 2035 and carbon neutrality by 2050. With the demand for electricity in New Zealand likely to double by 2050, greater capacity for additional renewable-sourced energy will be needed to achieve this target. This is where we come in.

NZ’s most trusted solar energy business

Founded in 1981. 38-years-old and counting.

Reputationally respected. Multiple awards for innovation and service.

More solar systems installed than any other solar provider.

carbonZero certified since 2010.

Trusted and admired by 7,700 kiwis.
In the Top 5 fastest growing green companies in NZ.

Our values

We are a proud mission-led kiwi business. As a green start-up it’s important for our culture that we live and breathe our values – and that they guide our actions day by day.

Our sustainable practices

We’re striving to reduce our impact on the environment – which includes 100% carbon neutrality in our operations.

Carbonzero certified

Since 2010, solarcity’s operations have been certified carbon zero by Toitū Envirocare

Carbon neutral hardware

After two years powering your home, the solarZero system will have generated the same amount of energy as was required to manufacture.

Green company

solarcity is recognized as one of the top-5 fastest-growing green companies in New Zealand.

Carbon credits

To achieve zero carbon certification we purchase carbon credits from local initiatives including the Hinewai Nature reserve.

Our EV fleet

After investing in our fully electric company vehicle, we are committed to replace all future retiring vehicles with electric or hybrid versions where possible.

Creating the GridforGood

Every customer is doing their bit in the fight against climate change and reducing carbon emissions in New Zealand.

4000+

Customers powering their home with cleaner, greener energy

3,000 Tonnes

Of carbon prevented from entering the atmosphere each year*

696,000

Number of trees you would need to plant to achieve these carbon savings

16.4GWh

Of solar energy generated by solarZero customers

*Based on the calculation of 15 tonnes of carbons savings per household over 20 years

Proudly partnering with brands committed to sustainable business

Pulse Energy
Ecotricity
2 Degrees
Amazon
Panasonic

Our green credentials

We were the first solar company in the world to achieve Toitū carbonzero certification and are still the only solar energy services business in NZ with that green credential. Independently audited and respected worldwide, Toitū carbonzero is a significant endorsement of solarcity’s commitment to sustainability and the environment.

Along with being Toitū carbonzero certified we’re proud members of SEANZ (sustainable Electricity Association of New Zealand) the Sustainable Business Network and the EECA Gen Less initiative.

Toitū Carbon zero
SEANZ
EECA Gen LesS
Sustainable business network

Company milestones

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A small team led by Professor Arthur Williamson invents NZ’s first solar heat pipe.

Introducing the solarcity leadership team

Neil joined solarcity as its new CEO in November 2019, bringing his expertise in leading the success of some of New Zealand’s most iconic brands, such as Mitre 10, The Warehouse Group, Pumpkin Patch.

Matt joined solarcity in April 2020 and leads our financial and commercial performance. Matt’s former role was CFO at Oceania Healthcare. He brings a background in capital markets and banking, including Macquarie Bank.

Gareth leads the development of our solarZero platform that provides services to homeowners, business owners and lines companies.