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Solar Water & Power

We can help you to use that plentiful Hawke’s Bay sun to heat water for your household or to generate electricity - a great way to save on energy bills.

What are the benefits?

Solar hot water and solar power (known as solar electricity systems, photovoltaics or PV) are a great way to save on energy bills and ensure your home can function in an emergency. 

All PV systems that are installed are monitored by the installer for faults.

Things to consider

Most installs are new build, rather than retrofit, and would not qualify for the Regional Council financial assistance. However, homeowners with existing homes can apply.

Battery technology has yet to hit volumes that reduce the price and currently the average starter system is $6,000 -$11,000. Because this is a (relatively) young market constrained by power company purchase rates and payback period, be aware that the more you spend on solar, the longer it takes to pay for itself. 

Solar hot water and photo voltaic power have different systems - one piped, one cabled; cable is easier to retro fit.

What funding is available?

Eligible ratepayers can borrow up to $20,000 at 4% from Hawke’s Bay Regional Council which can be repaid over 10 years by way of a voluntary targeted rate (VTR).  Only one funding package is available per dwelling (rateable unit).

The rate is not a loan, and to access the funding, homeowners / ratepayers need a good history of paying regional council rates.  Any existing VTR balance can be combined with a new one into a single VTR (one per property) sustainable homes combination, up to $20,000. 

The Regional Council approval may be withheld if there is evidence that adding the repayments will cause hardship, in line with the guidance of the Consumer, Credit and Finance Act Amendment for responsible lending.   

How to apply

Complete the online form below. Alternatively print off the PDF application form in related documents above, and post or bring in to our offices, or through your supplier.


Approved Suppliers    

Note: Installation is governed by a professional body SEANZ and all suppliers have to go through a process to become a member.

Other suppliers (not governed by SEANZ)

Additional Information 

The Ratepayer must complete an application form and the Direct Debit Payment Authority form provided by Council which will facilitate the payment of the Sustainable Homes Rate assessed on the Property.

This completed form shall be received by Council before it authorises the provision of the Council Funded Sustainable Homes Service.

In the event of three consecutive instalment payments being missed, the full balance of the loan is repayable immediately with any future/ alternative arrangement being entirely at the discretion of Hawke's Bay Regional Council.

If the property is sold while the VTR is in place, the balance must be settled at the point of sale.

Sustainable Homes direct debit form

Complete the direct debit form below and we will do the rest.

Repayments Calculator 

Voluntary Targeted Rate (VTR) 10 year calculator - Funding Rate 4% (July 2019)

Value of funding $Total to repay $Cost per month $
1000 1210 10.08
1250 1510 12.58
1500 1820 15.17
1750 2120 17.67
2000 2430 20.25
2250 2730 22.75
2500 3030 25.25
2750 3340 27.83
3000 3640 30.33
3250 3940 32.83
3500 4250 35.42
3750 4550 37.92
4000 4860 40.50
4250 5160 43.00
4500 5460 45.50
5000 6070 50.58
5500 6680 55.67
6000 7280 60.67
6500 7890 65.75
7000 8500 75.92
7500 9110 75.92
8000 9710 80.92
8500 10320 86.00
9000 10930 91.08
9500 11540 96.17
10,000 12140 101.17
10,500 12750 106.25
11,000 13360 111.33
11,500 13970 116.42
12,000 14570 121.42
12,500 15180 126.50
13,000 15790 131.58
13,500 16400 136.67
14,000 17000 141.67
14,500 17610 146.75
15,000 18220 151.83
15,500 18830 156.92
16,000 19430 161.92
16,500 20040 167.00
17,000 20650 172.08
17,500 21260 177.17
18,000 21860 182.17
18,500 22470 187.25
19,000 23080 192.33
19,500 23690 197.42
20,000 24290 202.42
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