There has to be an easier way. We can do it ourselves, and do it better.
When Craig Simpson purchased his ex-farm block on the Tinopai peninsula in 2018, he knew had a few challenges ahead to make it a comfortable place to live. What he didn’t expect was a $90k quote from Northpower to get power connected to the cabin he was planning to build. After receiving similarly large quotes from solar power companies, and facing unhelpful and unresponsive customer service when he asked about smaller systems, he decided to do it himself.
With the help of his son Ethan, an electrical engineer, he managed to build his own off-grid solar solution for a fraction of everyone else’s quote. This caused him to ponder how many other people were in this same position as him, and how many other people could build their own off-grid solar power solution if he provided them with kit sets and detailed instructions.
That was when GridFree was born, offering New Zealand's first DIY off grid solar kits.
In addition to Zed, who handles the sourcing of their solar equipment from China, Ethan and Craig are now all shareholders in a successful business that has doubled in size every year since they started. The first year GridFree was run out of Craig’s garage and front room, and they've now expanded into a warehouse in South Auckland.
The business was built off the back of feedback from our first customers - each one offered advice about how to improve the instruction manuals, the size of the kits, and information we offered online. We now receive many compliments from new customers who are pleasantly surprised to see a company that’s upfront with information and pricing, encourages people to DIY, and shows just how easy it is to install a kit. They’re always excited to learn how much power they can generate for a much lower price than they expected.
Over the course of the last few years, the GridFree team has helped hundreds of customers across New Zealand build a better life off the grid. These have ranged from people in the exact same position as Craig trying to build a homestead on rural land, to people building tiny homes and renovating caravans.
Our most popular kit is the Bach Kit - for $6799 you can power a fridge, lights, kettle, device chargers, television, water pump, and a number of other small appliances, even in winter.
We've designed a range of DIY off-grid solar power kits for any application, and will happily customise a kit to suit your needs. And, if you're not comfortable with DIY, we've partnered with electricians around the country to do the install!
Our goal is to keep innovating in the off-grid solar market, so we can help customers have the luxury of electricity in the most remote places with the most cost-effective energy solution.
Speak to one of our solar experts today to get a free consultation on your off-grid solar system. GridFree is 100% New Zealand owned and operated!