We’re on a mission to fast-track New Zealand’s transition to becoming 100% renewable

Our story

SolarZero began in the 70s as the brainchild of Professor Arthur Williamson and his University of Canterbury colleagues as Thermocell, a solar water heating company.  Andy Booth, our founder, evolved the original solar hot water business as he could see that decarbonising power was going to be one of the key environmental changes that we could make to combat climate change. With a focus on driving the transition to renewable energy, our business continued to grow and innovate to ensure that we were making renewable energy affordable for every kiwi.  This drove the introduction of our solar subscription, the first of its kind in Aotearoa.

Fast forward over 50 years, and we’re now Aotearoa’s leading solar energy company, installing more solar systems than any other company in the country.  And we won’t stop there.

Our mission is to create a cleaner, brighter future by making solar accessible and lowering its cost for people here in Aotearoa. Because we believe transitioning to a renewable future is possible together, but it demands the best technology and innovative thinking.

It’s an ambitious goal and one we’re deeply committed to. Now’s your chance to join us.

Supercharging Aotearoa’s move to solar

  • 1 in 3

    solar system installations in the country are installed by us.

  • Every 35 minutes

    This is how often one of our systems is installed in a New Zealand home.

  • 12,000+

    New Zealand homes powered by our solar systems.

Our commitment to sustainability

Our goal is to power New Zealand on 100% renewable energy and lower our environmental impact while we’re at it. To get there, we’re dedicated to constantly researching and developing ways to make it as easy as possible to transition to solar. Here’s how:

We’re a Toitu climate-positive business

This means we measure and report all emissions each year to globally recognised standards. We have set science-based targets as the basis of our decarbonisation strategy to achieve our reduction targets and offset 125% of remaining emissions via verified carbon credits.

Working towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Our sustainability strategy sets out 18 targets to help us create a positive impact across the key areas of environment, social and governance.. These include ambitious targets and actions on greenhouse gas emissions, packaging and waste, staff wellbeing, diversity, equity and inclusion, education, leadership and supply chain transparency.

Our values

  • People first, always

    We’re in the business of making people’s lives better, healthier and more sustainable. Our customers and our team at the heart of what we do.

  • Kaitiakitanga

    We are guardians of the land. We acknowledge there is always room to evolve, we’re committed to doing so.

  • Optimism

    We run on sunshine and truly believe in the transformative power of renewable energy, both for the planet and our communities. 

  • Resilience

    Changing the usual way of doing things isn’t always easy. But we believe in disrupting what’s not working in pursuit of the best.

Awards and recognition for our mahi

2023 - SBN (Sustainable Business Network)

Finalist - Climate Action Leader

2023 - SEANZ (Sustainable Energy Association NZ) Awards

Runner-up: Award for Innovation

Runner-up: Best large business

2023 - NZ Energy Excellence Awards

Winner - Innovation in Energy Award
Finalist - Community Initiative of the Year Award
Finalist - Social Procurement Award

2023 - CFO Awards

Winner - Finance for Impact Award

2022 - SEANZ (Sustainable Energy Association NZ) Awards

Winner: Ara Ake Award for Innovation
Runner-up: Best Environmental Impact Award (for reduced carbon emissions)

2022 - EECA Innovation Grant

Smart EV Charging

2019 - Callaghan Innovation

R&D Fund Award

2017 - INFINZ Institution

Innovation in Banking Award

2015 / 2016 / 2017 - SEANZ (Sustainable Energy Association NZ) Awards

Industry award for innovation