Across Australia, businesses of all sizes are enjoying the benefits of going solar. We've published a free guide to help you do the same.
Electricity prices have increased significantly over the last few years, pushing up operational expenses for businesses.
Meanwhile, the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has declined, making solar an increasingly affordable way for businesses to offset their electricity consumption and hedge against future price rises.
Our guide for business and industry covers the key steps and information you’ll need to install solar PV at your business.
What’s covered in the guide?
Here are just a few of the topics covered in our Guide to Installing Solar PV for Business and Industry:
- Is solar PV the right choice for my business?
- Grid-connected vs stand-alone systems
- How much will it cost?
- The business case for solar PV
- Building and planning permits
- Advice for businesses in leased premises
- Government assistance and financing options
- Choosing and installing your solar PV system
- What to do if something goes wrong
Are you a business in New South Wales?
The Clean Energy Council offers a special version of this guide for businesses located in New South Wales.
Produced in conjunction with the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, the Guide to Installing Solar PV for Businesses in New South Wales covers state-specific legislation and incentives as well as the topics listed above.
Putting out a tender for solar?
When putting your business's solar installation out to tender, you want to be sure that the winning contractor will go above and beyond when it comes to service, quality products, adhering to all standards and operating in a professional manner.
In short, you want to use a solar company that is a signatory to the Solar PV Retailer Code of Conduct, a voluntary scheme that allows retailers to show their commitment to responsible sales and marketing activities and solar industry best practice. Amongst other requirements, signatories must offer all customers a minimum five-year whole-of-system warranty.
You will also want to check that all designers and installers used by the winning contractor are accredited by the Clean Energy Council. Accredited Installers have an ID card displaying their accreditation number and the Clean Energy Council Accredited Installer logo.
Signatories to the Solar PV Retailer Code of Conduct will always use Clean Energy Council-accredited designers and installers.
Want to save electricity (and money) in your business?
The Clean Energy Council has published a Guide to Improving Electricity Use in Your Business that is designed to help small- and medium-sized businesses save energy – and money.
With electricity bills on the rise, energy costs are becoming a more important consideration for businesses everywhere. Improving the way your business uses energy with some simple solutions can help reduce your operating costs.
The guide discusses a range of ‘demand-side management’ solutions, including energy efficiency, embedded generation like solar panels, energy storage and load shifting.
Using a simple step-by-step process, the guide can help your business understand your energy use, research which options will be appropriate for you, calculate the business case and finally overcome any hurdles.
This guide was published with funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency as part of the CEC’s Future-Proofing in Australia’s Electricity Distribution Industry project.