Benefits of Commercial Solar Installations:
Lower energy costs
The difference to your bottom line in terms of energy spend could be as significant as hundreds to thousands of dollars saved each year
Protection against the wholesale grid
Protection against current and future energy grid fluctuations and factors outside of our control
Additional cost reduction opportunities
Your new post-solar energy profile could result in a new network tariff becoming available, meaning even further energy savings
Flexible and transportable
While we typically recommend you be at your site for 5+ years, solar is a transportable energy solution that can be moved to a new site if required
How Commercial Solar Systems can work for your business:
Commercial solar or business solar as it’s often called, refers to commercial and industrial scale solar installations — encompassing a range of industry and customer types, solar panel designs, and project sizes.
With commercial solar PV systems, your business can generate solar electricity at a significantly lower cost than purchasing electricity from an energy supplier by harvesting the power of the sun!
With drastic increases to the wholesale energy market across the eastern seaboard in 2022, in some states, up to 300%, it’s no coincidence that savvy business owners are choosing high quality commercial solar systems for their factories, sites and offices to help reduce business operational costs and carbon emissions.
Commercial Solar Industries
Partner with a trusted industry solar expert with proven results across your business sector.
Each industry has specific considerations and requirements when it comes to assessing and installing solar power, and with our extensive experience, we can guide you on the right solar system that makes the most sense for your business. Our in-house team of Clean Energy Council approved designers and commercial solar installers, and project managers can manage the most challenging projects to ensure you are saving with solar power for up to the next 25 years.
A Quality Commercial Solar Installer
Choice Energy's expert commercial solar installation team is paving the way for businesses like yours to reduce their energy costs with solar power!
A high-quality commercial solar system from Choice Energy will have a notably positive impact on the way you use power and the number you see at the bottom of your electricity bill.
Choice Energy uses your current and forecasted energy consumption to understand when, where and how you use energy, to then design a system around that.
We also guarantee your solar power generation with money back if the generation falls below a minimum threshold.
The cost savings of solar power could also free up your operational budget to invest in a solar battery system when it becomes commercially viable for you.
If solar power stacks up for your business, you can pay the same amount or less for your electricity and simply use the savings that you are generating by having solar to fund the system.
Choice Energy solar power for business solutions:
Cashflow neutral or positive solar
To reduce an impact on cashflow for your investment, we aim to create a solution for you that is cash flow positive or neutral through clean energy financing, business solar rebates and post-solar savings from your energy bill which means you won't need to come up with a separate budget for your solution.
Quality equipment and warranties
We focus on sourcing the best and most reliable commercial solar system components and panels from trusted brands across the globe, to ensure your solar power system is configured according to our Performance Guarantee. We also provide leading warranties including a 25-year solar panel warranty.
Expert solar monitoring
We believe in service for the life of your system, not the life of the sale. A commercial solar system with Choice Energy is a solution, not just an appliance, so you’ll enjoy expert service and monitoring at your fingertips, as well as savings on your grid electricity bills.
Meet some of our commercial solar clients:
FAQs: Solar for business:
How do I know if commercial solar is right for my business?
Solar is right for a whole range of businesses, from manufacturing through to hospitality. If you’ve got a site with a roof, and you run a business that uses electrical power, it’s likely an option for you. To find out, book a solar feasibility assessment, which can often be remotely done to ensure minimum disruption to your day.
How much does commercial solar cost?
The majority of businesses install solar with less than $5,000 in upfront costs.
The total cost of commercial solar panels dependent largely on a range of factors, including:
- The size of the system in kW, which dictates how many panels are required
- Your energy usage and requirements
- Whether or not you opt for battery storage
As your system size is dictated by your commercial needs, your system price is completely bespoke, and will be accurately quoted after we touch base with you and have a solar feasibility assessment done. Unlike many other solar providers, we’ll check what you use and the size of feasible roof space to make an assessment on what you truly need.
Price is also impacted by your ability to claim rebates and initiatives from local and federal government (Australia only). We’ve had clients able to claim tens of thousands with these initiatives, which we organise on your behalf to ensure you are getting the maximum saving. Book your assessment here.
Is my business eligible for a solar rebates?
The Federal and State governments financially reward businesses who make the switch to renewable energy which mean your business may likely be eligible for rebates to help put towards the cost of a solar system.
If you would like to find out your eligibility please contact our specialist solar team here.
How efficient are commercial solar panels? Is it feasible to go off-grid?
As technology has improved, solar panels have become more efficient.
Unless you have a battery installed and are completely “off the grid”, remaining connected to grid energy is essential for ensuring your business can rely on power on demand, no matter the circumstances.
While your solar system will do the heavy lifting for you during daytime hours, there may be times when you require the grid as your back up.
Unexpected up-turns in energy requirements may see you need more energy than what your panels can provide.
Poor weather conditions may reduce your solar system’s output in comparison to your needs.
A fault or issues with the solar system would leave you without access to power
You may require energy during the night, for night shifts or security and lighting.
There are elements to your gas and electricity bills that reflect connection charges to your account, that do not correlate to your charge. Meaning, even if you do not utilise grid energy in that period, you are still subject to some fees.
With the average commercial system reducing energy bills by an average of 40 - 70%, solar is a feasible and cash flow positive option for many businesses that is a great benefit in conjunction with other energy management services.
How long does it take to install commercial solar panels?
There are a few crucial steps in ensuring commercial solar systems are connected legally and properly.
Part of the solar system installation is getting the correct grid approval from your energy network provider to undertake an install, which is usually the most time consuming part, and can range from instant to a few weeks or even months, depending on your location and the size of your system.
Either way, we keep you abreast of how your installation is travelling, and ensure you are notified of times that work for you when it comes to installing.
Our expert installers will give you an estimated timeline for the installation, and offer minimal interference from your usual business.
What other businesses have you worked with?
We’ve helped over 8,000 businesses across Australia and New Zealand take control of their energy bills and invest in clean and renewable solar. You can see just some of our clients on our customers page here.
How do business solar rebates work?
For systems under 100kW, businesses qualify for the STC scheme.
When purchasing a solar PV system, your solar company will offer an upfront 'STC Discount' in exchange for assigning these STC's to them.
The larger the solar system, the more STCs a customer is entitled to, and so greater the rebate. However, Choice Energy does not believe in oversizing solar systems and instead works with your specific energy profile to determine the best size and what's going to give you maximum financial benefit.
For systems over 100kW in capacity, businesses will qualify to recoup LGCs.
These large-scale generation certificates are redeemable for every megawatt-hour of electricity produced until the year 2030. LGCs are typically traded for cash directly to the entity which purchased the solar system.
How long do commercial solar panels last?
Commercial solar panels through Choice Energy are warrantied to last up to 25 years with the manufacturer.
For any warranty claims, Choice Energy are on hand to directly assist in a full replacement.
When does the government solar rebate end?
Like shares, STCs have a trading value and every year on the 1st of January, the quantity of STCs redeemable decreases meaning the overall rebate decreases
The STC Federal rebates for commercial solar commenced in 2011 and are expected to end in 2030.
Like STCs, LGCs are redeemable until the year 2030. They can be traded either quarterly, half yearly, or annually depending on the market value of the certificates.
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