If you can self consume your solar which most commercial premises do, a quality system can pay for itself in 3-5 years.
When designing a system with self consumption in mind it doesn't matter what happens to the price of electricity or if they take the solar rebates away. Because you use all the energy created saving you dollar for dollar on whatever you would have paid for the usage. There is no ‘smoke and mirrors’ with a commercial system. Your solar system generates during the day and you use what is created. If a system is designed right and you have the roof space to create enough energy to cover your demand than you would be buying very little from the grid.
Solar systems that are a 30kW -99.9kW have extra costs associated for grid protection, engineering reports of the structure the system will be installed on and there are other things to consider as well. The last thing you want is your roof falling on you or someone complains to council and you will be required to pay to have the system removed if the compliance is not completed prior to installation. Every council have a few different rules.
System over 100kW are to be registered as a power station and there are upfront subsidies to cover the cost of the system (STC’s). 100kW+ commercial solar systems receive LGC’s (Large Scale Generation Certificate). These are paid on what the system actually produces.
Commercial finance can add an extra couple of years to the cost of the system and it can also work out to be the same or even less than your paying your energy company. This allows you to use your cash to invest in other things in your business.
Another option if you rent the premises is a power purchase agreement (PPA). A PPA is basically your landlord or a solar company installs a solar system on the roof and you make a commitment to buy the solar from this company at a negotiated rate. For you as a business your using renewable energy to conduct your business and get a fixed cost for your electricity for the contract period.
Contact us today to discuss a system that would work for your circumstances.
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