Complete this quiz to receive up to 3 FREE commercial solar quotes, including options for solar batteries and other renewables, tailored for businesses in Australia. This quiz will take approximately 1 to 2 minutes to complete. Please read the questions carefully as they will help us pair you with a local installer.
This solar quotes quiz is specifically for business and commercial properties. If you would like solar or other renewable energy products installed on your residential property, please click HERE to go to the residential solar quote quiz.
You’ve no doubt seen your fair share of ads for ‘Free solar quotes‘ over the years. You may have received calls or even had a knock on the door, from people or businesses all providing free quotes for solar.
So how do you filter out the good from the bad?
Energy Matters have been in the solar and renewable energy industry for over 18 years! We have provided customers with many years of solar installations as a retailer and many years of connecting our customers with trusted local solar installers. Our customer service team will work with you to ensure that you are connected with installers that will provide you with competitive quotes.
You can also rest easy knowing that the solar quotes will be 100% FREE with no-obligation to go ahead.
Once you have successfully completed the residential solar quotes quiz, you an expect the following:
The information you provided in the quiz will be sent to up to 3 installers in your area.
You will be contacted by the solar installer/s via phone and/or email. Using the information you provided, plus any additional information they may require, you will be provided with a quote for the system you require.
You will be free to accept or reject any quote provided by the installer/s. Should you wish to go ahead with the installation, the installer will provide you all the information and steps required.
Energy Matters is proud to provide our Solar Quotes service absolutely FREE to all of our customers! Not only is this service free, but there is no obligation to purchase after you have received your quotes.
Energy Matters does not provide any quotes to our customers. We link you to local installers in your area who will provide you with a free, no-obligation quote.
Our network of trusted installers includes many installers that provide commercial systems.
Our Residential Solar Quotes Quiz covers residential customers as well as various other renewable energy needs.
Energy Matters has an Australia-wide network of trusted local installers that we pair our customers with. These installers require detailed information about your energy consumption to provide you a tailored quote that is specific to your needs. As such, your contact details are required for the local installer/s that you are paired with.
We highly recommend getting multiple solar quotes when looking to install a new system, or even when adding to an existing system.
Comparing quotes not only allows you to choose the best system that suits your needs and budget, but it also provides you the opportunity to scrutinise the quotes you get as you compare them to each other.
We encourage all of our customers to do their due diligence when selecting an installer – especially if you choose an installer outside of our trusted network. Ensure that they are CEC approved and reputable.
Energy Matters has partnered with a number of solar brands, including Tesla! If you would like to get a quote using components of a specific brand (such as the Tesla Powerwall 2 Battery), please head to the bottom of this page where you will find our partnered brands and the links to their specific solar quotes quizzes.
We endeavour to provide each of our customers with 3 quotes, but this is not always possible.
When you complete the Solar Quotes quiz, you are asked a number of questions that are used to match your location and needs with installers in our network. Sometimes, we do not have enough installers in your area (this is most often seen with our regional customers) or the renewable energy system you require is not offered by the local installers in your area.
We do our best to provide quotes to all of our customers, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you are not satisfied with the amount of quotes you receive and we’ll do our very best to locate an installer for you*.
*On rare occasions, we are unable to pair our customers with a local installer (due to remote locations). We are expanding our network of installers regularly.
We aim to ensure that our customers are happy, so in the unlikely event that you are not happy with the quotes you have been provided, please contact us and we will do our best to pair you with other solar installers in your local area. Please note that this is not always possible.
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The number of panels required for a commercial-sized solar system depends on multiple factors such as system capacity, product choice, panel placement, and local weather conditions. However, a system of 100kW capacity generally requires around 400 panels.
Yes, options like commercial solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) and green loans are commonly used for financing commercial solar systems.
The savings from installing a commercial solar system depend on various factors, including system size, solar generation, local electricity prices, and business operating hours. However, solar installations typically lead to significant savings on energy costs, making it a worthwhile investment for many businesses.
Commercial solar systems can qualify for types of rebates and incentives – Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STCs), Large-Scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) and federal government rebates. The eligibility for these rebates depends on the size of the solar system installed.
Choosing a commercial solar installer involves researching and comparing various installers, looking at their experience, portfolio, and whether they cater to commercial properties. Obtaining quotes from different installers to compare costs and services is also recommended.
As a business owner in Australia, you constantly juggle various aspects – setting up an office, managing client relationships, choosing the right software for accounting, and, not least, scrutinising their impact on your bottom line. Have you ever considered the potential of your roof space in this equation? Specifically, should you invest in commercial solar panels?
While residential solar power is often in the limelight, the prospect of converting commercial properties into greener, cost-effective spaces deserves attention. This comprehensive guide illuminates everything you need to know about commercial solar power.
The process of acquiring solar power for your business resembles that of a residential property on a larger scale. The feasibility of installing solar panels on your premises depends mainly on your location and sun exposure. However, factors like upfront installation costs and the structural integrity of your roof are also significant.
A commercial solar system is generally larger than residential setups because commercial properties often have more space. This means that a commercial-sized solar system can usually accommodate more solar panels, leading to a larger generational capacity.
Commercial solar systems are typically categorised as those with a 10-kilowatt (kW) capacity or more. In contrast, the average household rooftop system size usually falls between five and six kilowatts. The optimal size for your commercial property depends on your business’s usage habits and needs.
While both commercial and residential solar systems aim to harness solar energy, they vary in several ways, mainly due to the scale of operations and energy requirements. Commercial solar systems, installed at business establishments such as small retail businesses, medium-sized office buildings, or small to medium factories, are typically larger. The installation often involves more solar panels and a more complex design to maximise energy generation.
30 – 100kW commercial solar systems are considered to be “small” in the world of commercial solar. These systems are typically used by businesses with small-sized electricity needs, such as retail stores and small office buildings.
A medium commercial solar system size is between 100 and 250kW. This size system is typically used by businesses with medium energy needs, such as small to medium size schools.
A 250kW+ commercial solar system is considered to be on the larger side, as most commercial systems range. This size of the system can generate enough electricity to power a warehouse, manufacturing plant or solar farm.
Business owners often prefer ground-mounted systems for larger commercial systems, especially when roof space is insufficient or unsuitable. These installations can be positioned optimally to maximise sun exposure, which increases the system’s efficiency.
Commercial solar PV systems also open avenues for battery storage, allowing businesses to store excess solar energy for later use. This feature not only leads to greater energy independence but also equips businesses to manage their power bills better, making them cash flow positive. Learn more about How Commercial Solar Works.
Commercial solar panels are physically larger than residential solar panels, comprising more cells to accommodate increased energy output. Most commercial solar panels are available as either a 96 or 72-cell model, while 60-cell panels are used on residential properties.
Your business’s location, product choice, panel placement, and local weather conditions can influence the number of panels required for your system’s intended output. It’s also essential to consider whether rooftop solar panels best fit your premises. Sometimes, a ground-mounted system might better suit your property’s design and shading. Learn more about Everything You Need to Know About Ground Mount Solar Panels.
State government incentives: Two types of solar rebates are currently available for commercial solar systems in Australia – Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STCs) and Large-Scale Generation Certificates (LGCs). The rebate you qualify for depends on the size of the system you plan to install.
STCs are generally used for residential properties and are available on solar systems with a capacity under 100kW. They work like a discount on the initial system purchase and are calculated based on the solar system’s expected output over a certain period.
LGCs, on the other hand, must be claimed each year by submitting reports to the Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) Registry. These rebates are eligible for systems above 100kW and require tracking, reporting, and submission to the correct bodies to be payable, much like a tax claim.
Solar panel rebates: The federal government can offer a maximum rebate of $3,500 installed. Learn more about Commercial Solar Rebates, Grants & Incentives.
There are many benefits to installing commercial solar power, including:
Visit our page to learn more about Is Commercial Solar a Good Investment for Australian Businesses?
The cost of a commercial solar system varies based on the system’s size, products used, your location, and any eligible discounts or STCs that may be awarded off the system’s price. On average, a 100kW solar power system, including GST and any eligible STCs, costs around $89,000. 30kW systems average around $28,000, while 50kW systems sit around $50,000.
Several options exist for financing a commercial solar system in Australia, with the most common being a commercial solar power purchase agreement (PPA). A PPA is an arrangement between a solar provider and a property owner, wherein the provider designs, builds, services, and owns a solar panel system housed on the property owner’s premises. The solar provider then charges the property owner for the energy generated from that system. PPAs are an excellent way for commercial properties to access solar energy generation without upfront installation costs.
Alternatively, green loans offered by financial institutions for ‘environmentally friendly’ causes could also help finance a commercial solar system.
The feasibility of solar for your commercial property depends on individual circumstances such as location, sun exposure, roof strength and slant, council requirements, and budget for the initial investment. However, considering that most businesses operate during daylight hours – when the sun is also working hard – installing solar can help you utilise the sun in real-time, potentially reducing your reliance on the power grid and significantly impacting your electricity bill. Learn more about 7 Reasons To Invest In Industrial And Commercial Solar Panels In 2023.
The primary motive for installing solar PV systems is to reduce energy costs and promote sustainable energy. By producing power onsite, businesses can become more energy independent, insulating themselves from rising energy prices. Commercial solar systems can generate more energy than the business requires, especially during peak sunlight hours. The excess energy can be fed back into the grid, traded, or stored for later use.
This energy production also contributes to clean energy generation, significantly reducing a business’s carbon footprint and promoting a greener environment. This commitment to sustainability can also resonate with environmentally conscious customers, enhancing the business’s reputation.
While the upfront cost of commercial solar installation may seem substantial, the long-term savings on energy costs provide a good return on investment. Businesses can also benefit from financial incentives like Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STCs) and feed-in tariffs for the excess solar energy fed back into the grid.
A solar installation can also increase the value of the property. Moreover, adopting sustainable practices and reducing reliance on natural gas and other non-renewable energy sources can lead to significant cost savings, making the business more cash flow positive.
Commercial solar installations are a smart financial move and a step towards a sustainable and clean energy future. While the journey towards solar adoption might seem complex, the right commercial solar installer can make the transition smooth and beneficial. So, if you’re considering making the switch, now is an excellent time to explore your options.
Energy consumption analysis: Businesses must thoroughly analyse their energy consumption patterns before installing a commercial solar system. Understanding energy requirements allows for the right-sized solar installation, ensuring optimal cost savings.
Available space: The amount of available rooftop or ground space will determine the size and capacity of the solar system. Adequate space is necessary to accommodate the solar panels and optimise their exposure to sunlight.
Financial incentives: Various financial incentives, such as government rebates, tax credits, and feed-in tariffs, are available to support the adoption of commercial solar power. Businesses should explore these incentives to maximise the return on investment.
System maintenance: Regular maintenance and monitoring are essential to ensure the efficient functioning of the solar system. Businesses should consider service agreements with reputable solar providers to guarantee smooth operations.
Once you have considered these factors, you can start to get quotes from solar installers. Getting quotes from several installers to compare prices and services is important.
As commercial solar needs differ from residential ones, not every solar installer can assist with your solar needs, especially considering the required size and quantity of panels. Most installers will specify whether they cater to commercial properties, and you can usually obtain quotes to get a rough idea of costs and other requirements.