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What is a kilowatt hour?
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What is a kilowatt hour?
If you’ve started looking into solar, kilowatt hours (kWh) is a term you’ve probably seen – but what does it mean and how do you use this term to find the right solar solution? This article will br...
How to Read Gel Battery Voltage
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How to Read Gel Battery Voltage
A common mistake new solar users will make with our kits is reading your Gel battery charge using the bars or percentage on screen, and misinterpreting charging voltage vs resting.
Getting Power to a Rural Property NZ
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Getting Power to a Rural Property NZ
Have you just purchased a lifestyle block? Maybe you’re moving onto family land that has no services? Getting power to a rural property is usually the first task, so that you can progress all your ...
How do I know how much solar power I need?
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How do I know how much solar power I need?
If you’re going off grid and asking yourself “How do I know how much solar power I need?,” this article is for you. We'll show you how to calculate how much solar power you need, so you can choose ...
What are the best methods to heat water off-grid?
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What are the best methods to heat water off-grid?
Electric hot water cylinders use a LOT of power, so it's best to heat water off grid with an instant gas hot water camping shower, a woodburner and wetback, or evacuated tube solar hot water for ...
What's the difference between a Standard and a Hybrid solar kit?
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What's the difference between a Standard and a Hybrid solar kit?
Looking at our solar kits but not sure whether to go with a Standard or Hybrid kit? Here's a rundown of the key differences in function, contents, and recommended uses.
Solar Power FAQS: How do I Know What Size Solar System I need?
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Solar Power FAQS: How do I Know What Size Solar System I need?
You can estimate your power usage with an online load calculator, or do the estimate manually: calculate watt hours by using each appliance’s power rating, multiplied by the time (hours) it will b...
Q+A: What do the maintenance costs look like after the initial off grid solar setup?
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Q+A: What do the maintenance costs look like after the initial off grid solar setup?
When using a completely off grid solar system, you’ll find there’s not a huge amount of maintenance costs tied into NZ solar panels for your off grid solar setup. Six months down the line, what wil...
Q+A: What's Needed for an Off-Grid Solar System in NZ?
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Q+A: What's Needed for an Off-Grid Solar System in NZ?
Can I install off grid solar myself? You can 100 percent do your own off-grid solar system. The law in New Zealand states that anything under 120V DC is considered Extra Low Voltage and does not re...
Q+A: Is going off the grid legal?
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Q+A: Is going off the grid legal?
Going off the grid? If you’re wondering if off grid living is legal, the answer is simple - yes. In New Zealand, where GridFree is based, you’re not required to be connected to utilities, whether y...

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