Commercial Solar Power FAQs
Can businesses depreciate solar systems?
Yes, the ATO requires solar systems to be depreciated over a 20 year period. Alternatively, off balance sheet finance arrangements means solar can be expensed over a relatively short period of time. We encourage you to contact us to discuss the options available, and speak with your accountant for further information.
How does Solar Power help the Environment?
Your solar system will reduce your business’ reliance on fossil fuels that are used by the utility grid to power Australia. Going solar with Solaray directly impacts the bottom line of the non-renewable industries such as coal and gas, as they rely on forecasting to predict profits and this in turn affects business modelling and long term decision making. As Australia increasingly relies on renewable energy, polluting power plants are being closed down and mothballed. This is playing out in South Australia right now, and the speed of change is taking many industry experts by surprise, let alone other industries that were forecasting business as usual for many decades. Solar power has never been cheaper and Solaray Energy ensures clean renewable power is one of the easiest investments you can make for you company, and for Australia’s clean energy future. Contact us now for a no obligation feasibility study.
How much does a commercial solar system cost?
Project costs depend on the size of your solar system, the equipment used such as premium solar modules and inverters, cabling and fixed costs including crane hire and installation coordination. Our commercial solar experts will analyse your power usage and the site to determine the best solar solution for your business. Factors such as how much your business pays for power, government rebate eligibility and system financing will influence the size of your system and hence the overall project cost. Solaray offers quality solar components at competitive prices, all with the highest level of post sale service and technical assistance. Please contact us for a no-obligation feasibility study.
How will commercial solar power benefit my business?
The benefits and payback of Solar Energy are justified purely on financial terms for many businesses, whilst for others it may be a combination of financial, environmental, marketing or green credentials that determine the investment decision. Solaray will conduct a feasibility analysis based on your energy usage patterns and your plans for the future. Click here for more information about the benefits of commercial solar power.
What is the process for proceeding with a commercial solar system?
Step 1: Call us or submit an online enquiry. We will arrange a time to call you for an initial consultation to assess your property and electricity usage. Step 2: We will review your recent power bills and work practices. Step 3: Solaray will conduct a site inspection and present an initial proposal for installation. Step 4: The contract is finalised. Step 5: After contract acceptance, we obtain necessary network approvals and process government rebate applications. Step 6: We manage the installation of your system including grid connection and metering. Step 7: Solaray confirms an ongoing operational plan to maintain system performance.
What is the R.O.I. for commercial solar systems?
A commercial solar solution with the current rebates and tax incentives can usually pay for itself in approximately 4-6 years. Furthermore, utility costs are estimated to continue rising at about 7% per year, which is based on previous increases and is considered by many to be a conservative figure. Your business may also be interested in a commercial lease, where it is possible to realise net savings as early as the first year. In many cases the repayments on your loan can be less than the reduction of your power bill. Your exact R.O.I will depend on your electrical usage, the current and future cost of power and cost of your solar system. Contact us now for a detailed feasibility study.
What is the warranty on a Solaray Energy installation?
Solar panels have a 25 year power output warranty and a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty. Solar panels have no moving parts and quality solar panels such as the ones used by Solaray Energy are built to last for many decades. Solar Inverters have a 10 year warranty provided by the manufacturer and are serviced by our technical team. Intero Energy only use inverters from SMA, Power One Aurora and Schneider, the leading brands on the market. This ensures system performance and reliability. The Solaray Workmanship Guarantee: Solaray Energy will provide system maintenance, repair and replacement of any component including the mounting kit, which carries a 10 year warranty.
What maintenance does a solar system need?
A solar power system is one of the most passive investments your business can make to reduce your power costs and carbon footprint. Our technicians will conduct system checks and scheduled maintenance as needed, however for the most part we advice businesses to simply monitor output and ensure the system is working as it should. If there are any issues call our technical team immediately and we will perform a system check for your business free of charge.
What roof space do I need for a solar system?
Solar panels are approximately 1 meter wide by 1.7 meters high. Panels are installed in rows so generally an installation will require a width of 2 meters per row, and a little extra if mounted on a flat roof to compensate for the shade cast by a row of panels. The length of each row depends on the size of the system, allowing one meter per panel is adequate for initial estimates. Our experts can quickly assess your roof and give you accurate estimates over the phone. Contact us now to find out more.
What site is suitable for a ground mounted solar system?
Ground mounted solar systems are generally at least 20kWs in size and are fed into a metered power supply to reduce power costs. – Sites should be clear of overhanging trees on flat ground with minimal shade. – Typical sites include technology parks, farms and agriculture, bowling clubs or rural RSL clubs with large open space and airports. Solar farms are ground mounted solar solutions that are fed directly into the grid at an agreed tariff. Solar farms are generally larger than 500kWs, and although there is no upper limit systems larger than 5MW are newsworthy events in Australia. – Sites start from around 2 ha – It should be flat or orientated to the north with no shade – Solar farms need to be located close to an electrical substation – Site should be available for at least 20-30+ years
What type of building is suitable for a commercial solar system?
Buildings with a flat roof or an orientation to the north are ideal. There should be little shade and minimal obstructions such as turrets or billboards. Most roof types including tile, tin, kliplok and concrete are suitable for solar, although we can not install on asbestos or slate roofs. We have tailored mounting kits for different roof types. For flat roofs we will generally tilt the panels 5 – 10 degrees north to maximise output and minimise the risk of wind damage. Other issues to consider are site access as well as the cable runs need from the roof to the inverter and from the inverter to the power supply and meter.
Will I have a power bill after I go solar?
Solaray Energy will size up a system to replace as much as possible of your daytime energy usage. If your business only uses power during the day you may have a very low bill after you install a solar system, however keep in mind you will still have charges not associated with energy usage such the connection fee. The other consideration is that on rainy days your solar system will not be working at full capacity and so your business will automatically buy power from the grid.
Will I need to apply to council to install a solar system?
This depends on the council and the size of the system. Most solar systems are either an exempt development or a complying development.