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Since 2002, average residential electricity prices have risen by 4.7 percent a year in real terms (over and above the general rate of inflation) save on your power bill today.


Investing in solar power can give you a return on investment in excess of 10 percent p.a. Most solar systems will add more than the system cost to your home, and adds to the resale appeal.


Solar power systems offer a clean form of power with no harmful carbon emissions. The sun is 100 percent renewable. Solar panels have minimal impact on wildlife.


Hawke's Bay Regional Council added solar to their Sustainable Homes program in 2019. It’s so simple and quick, we will take care of all the paperwork for you. As long as you have a clean payment record with your HBRC rates, you can borrow up to $20,000 at only 4 percent interest and pay it off over 10 years with no early payment penalties.


Joanne Speedy, Te Awanga:  Jo installed a 3.12kW grid tie solar power system with an Immersun hot water controller to maximise her energy self-consumption in her home in Te Awanga. She lives on her own and is over the moon with her system and the service she received from Freenergy. Her text to Aaron says it all... “I have had no power bills for 4 months. Have just received my 1st - $21!!! Wow. Thrilled. Thank you for a great job."

Dave McLeod, Omaranui Rd, Napier:  Dave installed 5.2kw of grid tie solar power on his family home in Omaranui Road. The solar powers the house and any excess is used to charge his Nissan Leaf electric car.  With the combined savings from power and petrol bills, Dave’s estimated the system will pay for itself in three years.

Paul Sheeran, Hastings:  Paul is the project manager for a number of Papakianga Maori housing developments around Hawke’s Bay including projects at Waiohiki, Waimarama, and Hastings.  We’ve installed small grid tie power systems of 1.5-2.5 kW on five houses in Bennett Road.  Minimising the ongoing running costs of these homes and sustainability is a key consideration in these developments. 

Graeme Davidson, Havelock North:   We were thorough in researching whether PV solar power would be to our financial advantage and what was the best system for us.  The results are better than we expected. Freenergy gave us a highly professional install, keeping us well-informed about the procedures.  They worked with suppliers, lines and power companies to give us a turnkey operation.  We installed a 5kw system, and the amount of power we’re generating for ourselves and the money we’re making from what we’re exporting back to the power company indicate our power bill this year should be virtually zero - around 11% return on investment.

Ian Mayne, Napier Hill:  I am pleased to let you know how well the solar panels are working on our house.  My interest was in how much return I could get back on my investment not in how long it would take to repay the cost of installing solar panels. Conservatively I calculate that I am earning 7 – 8% net in my hand from putting solar panels on our roof. Compare this with a 4% (3.3% net) return from money in the bank.Dealing with you to get the installation done was far easier than any of the others who provided quotes. Whilst not the cheapest price, your service was the most professional from actually measuring our roof and giving us two options on what system we could use. From there we had no problems as you dealt with all the issues from getting approval, installing the system on our roof and connecting to the grid.  Seeing the system generating close to 5 kw of power on a bright sunny day is exciting and even on a rainy day we can generate over a kilowatt of power.We are extremely happy with our decision to purchase a 5kw solar system from Freenergy.

Xan Harding, Maraekakaho:  Xan installed a 10kW grid tie solar power system, with a three phase Fronius inverter on the shed in his vineyard.  The power generated supports pumps and irrigation needs in summer and any excess is sent back to the grid.  In Xan’s words “solar was a no brainer”.

Clive Bartup, Hastings:  We are very pleased with our grid tie solar power system, supplied and installed by Freenergy.  The installation was to a very high standard, and the results are fantastic.  After having it for over a full year now we have exported twice as much electricity as we have consumed, giving us a nil power bill over the last year.  The system has exceeded our expectation.

Merryn Jones, Haumoana:  Thanks Freenergy for our wonderful new solar package. Aaron met with us and carefully ascertained what it was we were wanting the solar system to do. He then gave us a comprehensive quote with no hidden costs, gave us a timeframe, and ensured that he communicated with us every step of the way.  He also provided information about the Kiwibank Sustainable Energy Loan scheme for paying it off over 10 years.  As we have a Kiwibank mortgage, this made good sense. The grid tie system with inverter was up quickly and efficiently, and it has been the best decision we have made with regards to our future.

Howard Gorton, Peka Peka:  I had a grid tie solar power system installed in my home in November 2013 by Freenergy Solar Solutions and Aaron Duncan.  Since that installation there has been a precipitous fall in my electricity consumption, I am saving hundreds of dollars a month.  For example, last summer I was paying $600 a month for electricity and I am now paying less than $300 a month.  The solar panels were installed quickly, on time, and have not detracted from the appearance of the house.   The quality of workmanship is first class and I highly recommend Aaron and his team.

Karen McLean, Napier:  Hi Aaron – I thought you might like to see my latest power bill... I am one very happy customer.  I’ve used the dryer all winter (three loads a week).  I use electricity for water, cooking and heating (heat pump, fan heaters etc) and I also run the dishwasher.  I’m paying for less grid power in August and September than I was in December and January before I got solar from you.  It is amazing that this winter is cheaper than last summer!  My monthly bill has gone from around $250 - $300 in the winter to $100 - $150 so a significant saving.  As above, I’m more than happy for you to show this to people as a real example of the difference solar has made to my bill.

Daniel Lincoln, General Manager, Ramage Sheetmetals Ltd.  Ramage Sheetmetals is a leading engineering workshop in Napier, operating a number of Laser & CNC machines. We worked with the General Manager, Daniel to provide the best solution for their demand.

Here is what Daniel said about working with our team: "Freenergy Solar Solutions installed 112 panels (33.6kW) of solar onto our Napier workshop. The technical design, performance modelling, installation and after sales service have been excellent and we are exceeding our calculated Return on Investment of 5 years. As a significant user of electricity during the daytime it makes financial and environmental sense. Our only complaint is we have no more roof to add more panels.

VetsOne is a long-established business in Hastings. Their recent expansion into a purpose remodelled building provided the perfect roof for solar. We worked with them to predict their energy demand and delivered a system to support their needs, check out a great video of their solar system.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngati Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga is a full immersion Maori School in Hastings. We worked with them to maximise their project budget and delivered a system we can easily expand in the future. The real time system performance monitoring will assist the students with sustainable energy education.