We’re on a mission to fast-track New Zealand’s transition to becoming 100% renewable
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.
1 in 2
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.
New Zealand homes powered by our solar systems.
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.
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.
We are guardians of the land. We acknowledge there is always room to evolve, we’re committed to doing so.
We run on sunshine and truly believe in the transformative power of renewable energy, both for the planet and our communities.
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