Commercial Solar Energy, Commercial Solar Power, Commercial Solar Systems for Business, in Australia

Benefits of Investing in Commercial Solar Energy for Businesses

If you’ve ever thought about taking your commercial business down the solar energy path, there has never been a better time to do just that. There are a number of monetary and environmental benefits that come with installing a commercial solar energy system, making it a wise decision regardless of the size of your business. Let’s take a look at a few of the advantages that are encouraging more business owners to invest in solar energy.

Energy Savings

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Commercial Solar Systems help businesses save tons on energy bills.

This seems like it would be too obvious to mention, but the most important benefit of going for commercial solar power is quite simply the fact that it works so well to cut your energy bill. Solar power or solar energy has always been something that the majority of the population knew about but it was never made widely available or affordable. All of that has changed, to the point where it’s less affordable to not invest in solar energy at some level in the long run. Power prices from more conventional energy sources are volatile and trending up over the long run; obviously, they will continue to do so as it becomes more apparent there are more efficient ways to produce energy.

The impressive return on investment remains one of the main reasons people choose to go solar.

Benefits for The Environment

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By Opting Commercial Solar Energy, Businesses Contribute Positively to Environment

The fact is that commercial businesses are always going to prioritize making a profit than they are wider social and/or environmental issues. But the wide majority of Australians understand that the interests of the environment affects us all, and is something we all have to come together and work towards.

Going solar helps you contribute to this cause and make a difference.

Marketing Message

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Environment-Friendly Commercial Solar Energy Solutions Provided Businesses Additional Marketing Exposure 

It’s always a good thing to help out the environment and it is well worth making known the fact that you are doing your part. Having the ‘Green Label’ can serve as an excellent marketing tool, which can make your business more appealing to potential customers that support the cause. Not only that, but it helps spread the word about the importance of going green and a great many benefits it can have.

Little Maintenance Required

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Commercial Solar Energy Solutions and Systems Installation are a Low Maintenance Affair

Solar energy is an extremely clean and quiet means of producing power and as a result, very little maintenance is required after the initial installation of commercial solar systems, which further reduces overall costs.

Tax Advantages

Tax Advantages from Commercial Solar Energy and Commercial Systems

There are various tax advantages and rebates that are offered by the Australia government for commercial businesses that invest in solar energy. This is essentially further financial encouragement. More information on commercial solar power related tax incentives can be found here.

For more information, speak to the team at Cherry Energy Solutions today about your energy management solutions needs.

Calculating Your Commercial Solar Power Requirements

Solar Power Requirements

With significantly lower costs, increased efficiency and the Australian government’s solar rebate system, solar power is becoming a viable option for many commercial businesses and residential homes too. There are more providers available and different products to suit different needs. Obviously, a good provider will be able to advise you on the best solution given your specific needs, but it can be helpful to have a general idea of what you’re after. This article will talk about some of the things you need to consider.

Energy Bills Are The Starting Point

Energy Bills

When it comes down to it, the decision to go solar is all about efficiency. You want to find a solar solution that makes your commercial building and processes as efficient and cost effective as possible. There’s no point having excess solar panels and generating energy that you aren’t able to utilise or store.

Your energy bill can reveal how much energy your business is using on average during daytime hours – your solar setup should account for a percentage of this, possibly as high as possible. How do you know how much energy you can expect from your solar system? A professional should be able to give you a ballpark figure based on your location and orientation of the building, etc. You can also the below resource to approximate a figure:

http://pvwatts.nrel.gov/pvwatts.php

Do You Need Battery Storage?

Battery Storage

Unless you have battery storage capability, you will need to use solar energy up as it is generated – which is obviously during the day. This is actually the most efficient way of going about it; storing energy results in small losses. The energy you don’t use at once is stored, but in total you’re losing anywhere from 3-5 times the amount of energy storing it than you would if you used it straight away. However, these numbers depend on the system you have in place and may differ from product to product.

While most commercial solar solutions don’t include battery storage, it may be applicable to your situation. If you’re planning to make solar energy your main source of power, go ‘off the grid‘ completely or use energy through the night for your commercial needs, this is a must. If however, you are taking a more conservative route and starting with it may not be necessary – you can always add batter storage capabilities later.

Energy Requirements In Daylight Hours

Daylight

It’s a lot more cost effective for you to use up as much of the solar energy you collect during the day, and use as little of your other more expensive power source as possible. If you choose a solar energy solution that is excessively large or robust, you’ll end up collecting more energy than you need and paying more than you need to for upkeep and installation. It’s your job to figure out how much energy your business is using on the average day during daylight hours, and install a solar energy system that accounts for this, limiting your time spent using power from the grid, or your usual power source. Also consider any stored energy you may need to use at night, which will vary depending on the type of business you are operating.

There is a lot to think about when looking to install a commercial solar panel system. A good service provider will work with you to ascertain the ideal system for your needs, but its also about what you need for your business and the type of investment you want to make.

5 Things To Keep In Mind When Buying A Commercial Solar System

Buying commercial solar system

Solar power has become one of the most efficient and environmentally-friendly means of energy and is being used widely in Australia in the commercial setting. Recent technology improvements have meant lower overall costs of installing permanent solar panels, which has made this a viable investment opportunity for many commercial businesses. Providers offer custom designs and engineering, installing solar panels on commercial premises’ and ensuring consistent, long-term energy savings. In some cases, there is no upfront cost or capital required. If you’re seriously considering such an investment, remember to consider the following:

1. The more quotes, the better

This is true of just about every trades service, but given that this is a relatively new industry with many service providers that are still finding their place in the market, there is quite a spread of prices. It pays to shop around when looking at commercial solar systems; just make sure you’re comparing apples with apples, as they differ greatly in terms of quality and after-sales service (i.e. maintenance).

2. The solar rebate is your friend

The government’s solar rebates are aimed at rewarding those that invest in solar energy alternatives, providing a great incentive to do so and ultimately reducing the end-cost. The federal government’s solar credits rebate is open to individuals, businesses and community groups, and is based on the idea of small-scale technology certificates, which are issued for every 1 MWh of electricity saved.

Read up on the details of the rebate program as it can be quite complicated. If you have difficulty understanding it, your chosen provider should be able to clear up any confusion.

3. Your provider needs to hold up their end of the bargain

Checking solar panels

There are certain requirements on the part of solar service providers to ensure your system is kept in relatively good working order and is under warranty. Generally, having a professional check out the system every 5 years is sufficient – so don’t agree to paying extra for annual checkups when you sign the contract. You should make sure all parts, service and workmanship is under warranty and guaranteed for a considerable amount of time, usually 15-20 years.

4. The type of roof of the premises can impact the cost

There is a misconception that if the building is shaded or not facing in the right direction, solar panels don’t work, but this doesn’t make a huge difference. However, the roof type will have a factor on the cost of installation. Placing panels on tiled roofs for instance can be 10-20% more expensive than plain asphalt roofs for instance, because of the care and time that is needed to properly attach them. So keep this in mind when you are being quoted.

5. Covering your investment is a smart move

Once your solar system is installed, contacting your insurance company and increasing your policy is well worthwhile. This ensures you solar panels will be covered by the insurance should there by a fire or some other damage caused to them.

With the many advantages in terms of cost-savings and the impact on the environment, there has never been a better time to invest in commercial solar power. Contact Cherry Energy Solutions today for more information.