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Apricus Home Solar Hot Water System

Apricus Solar Hot Water Systems provide individual, stand-alone homes with guaranteed hot water, whatever the weather, using back-up energy sources when required.

Apricus Solar Hot Water Systems significantly reduce the environmental impact, energy use and cost of domestic hot water. The complete system will provide at least 75% of the annual hot water use in an individual home, and can make a significant contribution to Homestar and Greenstar points (EHC-5 & ENE-1).

Solar hot water is the first place to start for energy savings and sustainability. New homes use an average of 46% of power just for heating water. This proportion is increasing as home insulation, passive solar design, heating, lighting and appliance energy efficiency improves. 

Apricus Home Systems are a complete package: everything for specification and installation of a renewable hot water system in stand-alone homes.

System includes:

  • Apricus ETC solar collector
  • Anodised aluminium frame — flat to roof or angled
  • Apricus solar controller — includes boost control
  • Grundfos solar pump — 30 watts maximum
  • Solar rated pipework, insulation, flashings and fittings
  • Optional integration with other water heaters — central heating boiler, wetback, gas instantaneous

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Key Features
  • Single ETC solar collector on the roof for minimal visual impact and easy design integration
  • High quality, solar rated and warrantied components throughout system
  • Design integration and specification support from Apricus NZ designers
  • Complete system packages, ready for design inclusion and building consent
  • Different sizes available depending on house size, occupants and hot water use
  • Easy to use, intuitive controls for householder
  • Savings from solar logged on controller, optional live online monitoring
  • Experienced, New Zealand wide installer network, warranty cover and technical support
Energy Star
Energy Star
Recyclable Content (Post-Consumer)
Post-Consumer Recyclable Content
NZ-Owned Business
NZ-Owned Business
Scope of Use
  • Apricus Individual House Solar Hot Water System is suitable for any house that will be a permanent dwelling, providing at least three quarters of their annual hot water from the sun
  • The system is designed for individual homes
  • No need for separate batteries and control systems
  • Mounting and fixing details for all roof materials and pitches
  • Easy integration with other heating sources such as wetback fires, central heating boiler, gas instantaneous water heater
  • Contact Apricus NZ for design support
Limitations on Use
  • The system is less suited for occasionally occupied dwellings, such as baches and homes with extended summer absence. These properties will not benefit as much from the savings associated with regular hot water use
  • The system will require an area of unshaded roof between 10am and 3pm
  • Alternate designs are available from Apricus for multiple residential buildings, apartments and commercial buildings
NZS 3604 Corrosion Zone D suitable
Corrosion Exposure Zone D
NZS 3604 Wind Zone Specific Design suitable
Specific Design Wind Zone
Zone 3 Thermal Suitability: Central North Island and South Island
Zone 3: Central North Island and South Island
Statement of Building Code Compliance

This system if designed, used, installed and maintained in accordance with the statements and conditions of the technical literature, will meet or contribute to meeting the following provisions of the NZBC:

  • Clause B1/VM1
  • Clause G12/AS2
In-Service History
  • Apricus have been operating in New Zealand for 15 years
  • Apricus is the leading evacuated tube solar supplier in New Zealand and Australia
  • Thousands of collectors installed on individual residential homes
  • Live monitoring and performance history of domestic systems across New Zealand available on
Other Performance Attributes
  • Performance certified by all leading global solar testing and certification bodies (STCs — Australia, SRCC — USA, Solar Keymark — Europe)
  • Manufactured in Apricus' own ISO9001 certified factory
  • Largely recyclable at end of life
  • The system can make a significant contribution to Homestar and Greenstar points (EHC-5 & ENE-1)

Warranty and Maintenance

  • 10 year warranty on Apricus solar collectors
  • 15 year warranty on Apricus frames
  • Various manufacturer warranties on other components — 2 to 5 years
G12 Water Supplies compliant
Water Supplies
Independent Assessment
Independent Assessment
Data Sheet: ETC 20 Solar Collector
Data Sheet: ETC 30 Solar Collector
Solar Controller Manual
Test Results
Apricus Eco Energy Specification Details
Specification Guide
Frame Options and Mounting Systems
Flier: Domestic Solar Hot Water System
Getting into Hot Water: A Guide to Lower Cost, Sustainable Hot Water
Apricus Live Monitoring

Apricus NZ Eco Energy are the leading distributor of sustainable hot water & heating solutions for residential & commercial buildings - evacuated tube solar systems, CO2 heat pumps, & pellet boilers.

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