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Powering education: the benefits of solar for schools

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What if you could reduce your carbon footprint, inspire your local community and slash energy bills – with no upfront costs?

Join a growing network of schools who have funded their solar projects with Smart Ease and harness the power of the sun the fast, fuss-free way.

Why solar? 

  • Cost savings: schools can reduce electricity costs and allocate funds to other educational needs.

  • Environmental sustainability: solar power helps schools reduce their carbon footprint and teach students about renewable energy.

  • Educational opportunities: solar systems offer hands-on learning experiences and promote STEM education.

  • Community engagement: schools can educate the community about solar energy and its benefits.

  • Resilience & energy independence: solar power with battery storage provides backup power during outages.

Benefits of funding your solar with Smart Ease

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Save precious funds for other educational resources and programs.

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Savings typically start to exceed repayments in 3-4 years*.

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Long-term financial planning becomes easier when aligned with the system’s lifespan.

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Flexible payment solutions allow us to tailor repayments to your school’s budget and requirements.

Case study: Kaitaia College, Northland

Kaitaia College in Northland was facing yearly energy costs up to $10,000 and had no spare funds to invest in solar. After being introduced to a Smart Ease Payment Plan, the school was able to cut its energy bills and fulfil its dream of converting to solar.


101.2 kW solar system comprising 368 REC panels and 5 Fronius inverters


  • One of the largest school systems in NZ.
  • Cashflow neutral from day 1.
  • Winner: Best Community Energy Project, 2019 SEANZ Awards.
  • Projected savings: $hundreds of $thousands over the life of the system.
  • Renewable-energy learning is now part of the curriculum.
  • Excess power generated can be fed back into the grid for community use.
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Note about the Ministry of Education

At the time of writing, the Ministry of Education does not have a preferred solar panel provider and is not running a solar panel installation program. Here’s what the Ministry recommends:

  • You may choose to purchase and own solar panels at your school, or you may enter a lease arrangement with a solar provider who will continue to own the panels.
  • School solar panels must be installed by a member of the Sustainable Electricity Association of New Zealand (SEANZ).
  • Speak with your Ministry Property Advisor before installing solar panels. Your school’s Ten Year Property Plan (10YPP) must be amended by agreement with the Ministry.
  • For more information refer to the Ministry of Education website.

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* Average based on Smart Ease customer data from New Zealand.

** Within 48 hours of being notified by customer of project completion.