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solarcity shouts free coffee for Nelson for solarZero launch

Media Release
Saturday 21 March 2015

solarcity shouts free coffee for Nelson to celebrate launch of solarZero

solarcity, New Zealand’s leading solar power company, today celebrated the launch of solarZero in Nelson with a citywide coffee shout. solarcity officially opened registrations for solarZero, a first-of-its-kind $0-down solar power programme, at the Buzz Stop coffee cart this morning, giving locals the chance to learn more about the benefits of going solar over a free coffee.
“Nelson was the birthplace of the company and the nation’s first true solar city. To celebrate this we are giving everyone in Nelson the chance to install solar panels with no upfront cost paying for the power they generate rather than the panels and giving them their first month of solar power free,” says Andrew Booth, founder and CEO of solarcity.

Ewan Johnson, owner of The Buzz Stop coffee cart was one of the first in Nelson to pre-register for solarZero. “The price of electricity in Nelson keeps going up and up and lots of people who stop to buy coffee regularly chat to us about their rising power prices. Nelson is blessed with loads of sunshine and now with solarZero we can make the most of it and say goodbye to our increasing power bills,” says Mr Johnson.
“solarZero is designed to make it more affordable for people to generate their own sustainable energy. It lets people pay for power not panels at a rate that will remain fixed for 20-years. The savings can add up to thousands of dollars,” says Booth.

To help further educate locals in Nelson about solar power and solarcity’s new plan solarZero, Andrew Booth and a team from solarcity will also be at Marchfest today from 12pm – 7pm (located at Founders Park).

Eelco Boswijk cofounder of Marchfest, the nation’s leading beer and music festival is excited about the launch of solarZero in Nelson and thanks solarcity for their investment in the Nelson community. “It’s fantastic that solarcity has chosen to launch solarZero at Marchfest, an event which celebrates the amazing range of local beers that our region’s sunshine creates. Offering people from Nelson the best deal on solar helps everyone save money on power and do their bit for the environment, which lies at the heart of our region’s economic sucess,” says Boswijk.

Over the last 35 years, solarcity has put more panels on homes and businesses than anyone else in New Zealand. Booth says it is often the upfront cost of installing solar that puts others off making the solar switch. “Research shows that 85% of people want solar, but the upfront cost is the most common barrier. solarZero helps people enjoy the financial benefits of solar from day one. Communities across Nelson have backed us from the very beginning and we want to keep giving back to the city to make sure it keeps its leadership position as the solar capital of New Zealand,” says Booth.

- Ends
About solarcity:
solarcity is the nation’s leading solar power company, having put more solar systems on New Zealand homes over the last 35 years than any other. It is also one of the top five fastest growing green companies in New Zealand and is one of the Government’s Focus 500 companies targeted to contribute significant benefits to the New Zealand economy, and was the first solar company in the world to achieve CarboNZero accreditation. www.solarcity.co.nz

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