Business feature: Solar for Business

SMART BUSINESS: Companies are now beginning to switch to solar to make significant savings and improve their bottom line.
SMART BUSINESS: Companies are now beginning to switch to solar to make significant savings and improve their bottom line.

As more and more Australians switch to solar at home, the latest wave of interest comes from business owners who are quickly recognising the benefits of installing solar systems in their workplaces. Businesses are eligible for the Government renewable energy incentives discount of up to $60,000 up front on commercial solar installations, plus there’s tax benefits with accelerated depreciation.

Since they began in Newcastle over 10 years ago, Solar Australia have helped over 25,000 homeowners and businesses enjoy the benefits of solar. Adam Dalby, Managing Director says,

“We take the same approach with businesses as we do homeowners, starting with a consultation to analyse power bills and assess the roof space of the premises. We can then advise on the best solution for the business,”

While savings vary from business to business, it’s realistic to expect that the investment will have paid for itself within 3 to 5 years. WHO Printing, is a locally based company that has been operating for over 30 years and made the move to solar energy with the help of Solar Australia in 2014.

“We made the move to solar energy because it aligned well with our values regarding respect (respect for the environment), excellence (excellence in process) and family (being sustainable for future generations). We chose Solar Australia because they shared these same values. They made the process seamless from start to finish. Since installation our electricity bills have reduced by approximately 50%,” says Daniel Ogle, owner of WHO printing.

Once the decision is made, there’s little left for businesses to do except save; Solar Australia will provide a complete turnkey service including design and installation.

Panels can be purchased outright, leased or rented or procured via a PPA (power purchase agreement) and are cash positive from day one, with usage from 1 to 100 kilowatts covered by the upfront discount.

With improvements in battery storage, firms can protect themselves from power cuts, saving in lost production time. As businesses continue to find ways to reduce overheads, Solar Australia offers an exciting opportunity to do just that.