WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE, 2012 |
Australian Businesses Saving Big On Electricity Bills
Australian businesses with rooftops suited to the installation of solar panels
can wipe out their daytime load electricity costs, courtesy of the sun.
With the price of solar plummeting in recent years and no end in sight to
skyrocketing electricity costs, it's now more viable and desirable than ever for
commercial enterprises to make the switch says Energy
' Nick Brass.
"Any business paying more than 20 cents per kilowatt hour for daytime
electricity consumption would be wise to investigate acquiring a solar power system sized to their daytime load.
Assuming a suitable rooftop, such a system will provide payback within 5 and 7 years depending on
where in Australia the business is located."
After the initial payback time and over the long life of a solar power system,
businesses can benefit from a substantial reduction in their operational costs;
as well as enhance their sustainability efforts. Installing solar panels can
also increase the value of commercial buildings by improving NABERs/Greenstar
Various programs can help commercial enterprises reduce the cost of going solar.
Businesses with an annual turnover of less than $2 million a year can benefit
from the ability to immediately
write off assets
to the value of $6,500 - including solar power systems,
from July 1.
The Ausindustry Clean Energy Future program provides grants to manufacturers to support investments in energy-efficient capital equipment and low-pollution technologies, such as commercial-scale
Other incentives may also apply to businesses large and small, some of which
Energy Matters lists
on their web site
Energy Matters' commercial
arm specialises in rooftop solar PV systems from 20 kilowatts to
1 megawatt in size. Among the projects it has been involved with include solar
arrays for Australia Post, Melbourne Water, Coles, Victoria University, RMIT and
University of Southern Queensland.
Energy Matters' commercial team can be contacted on 1300 553 213.
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