Australian businesses are thinking about solar panel installations on rooftops to tackle the soaring electricity expenses. In the last ten years, electricity prices have gone up twofold, and there's an expected yearly increase of 25-30%.
Commercial solar panel installations, once seen as expensive, are now a cost-effective choice that can save businesses up to 70% on energy expenses compared to relying solely on the grid. This underscores the increasing importance of solar panel installations.
Understanding Commercial Solar PV Technology
Different Sizes of Commercial Solar System
Just as homes have varying energy needs, businesses also differ. Your commercial solar system size depends on energy usage and available panel space. Systems under 30kW typically don’t need extra permits or commercial specialists; residential solar installers can handle them.
There are 3 main brackets that classify as ‘small’, ‘medium’, and ‘large’ for commercial solar.
Commercial systems of this size typically involve 100 to 400 panels on buildings like local bowls clubs or small retail spaces. To connect to the grid, you’ll need DNSP permission, so it’s advisable to hire a commercial solar installer.
These systems under 100kW qualify for STCs, offering a point-of-sale discount.
Mid-range commercial solar systems of this size necessitate the expertise of a commercial solar panel installation specialist for planning. They require applications for grid connection and safety.
Medium-sized systems no longer qualify for STCs but generate LGCs annually, so there’s no point-of-sale discount. These systems, typically with 400 to 750 panels, are commonly found in factories and large business buildings.
Systems of this magnitude demand a specialist commercial installer due to their size and space requirements. They are commonly found on large factories, shopping centers, and solar farms. Planning, permits, engineering, and paperwork are extensive for systems exceeding 250kW.
5 Steps of Commercial Solar Panel Installations
5. System Operation and Maintenance
For a long-lasting and efficient solar system, focus on maintenance. Your contract should clarify your O&M responsibilities. Select a reputable solar team with robust O&M support for inspections, warranty repairs, performance monitoring, and occasional cleaning.
Advantages of Solar Panel Installations
Benefits of Using Solar PV Systems for Businesses
Key Components of Commercial Solar Panel Installations
How are commercial solar panel systems different from residential solar panel systems?
Commercial solar panels are designed to handle the higher energy demands of businesses. They are larger in size and have more solar cells than residential panels to accommodate this increased energy need.
While not all commercial solar systems demand panels specifically designed for large-scale applications, employing high-wattage panels can significantly boost the overall power output of the system. Some commercial panels can accommodate up to 96 cells and often generate over 400 watts per panel approx.
Commercial solar panels are larger and, therefore, more expensive, but they produce more energy per panel.
What rebates and incentives are provided by Australian government?
The primary federal government incentives come in the form of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), including
- 1. Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) for solar systems ≤ 100kW.
- 2. Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) for systems > 100kW.
- 3. STCs and LGCs hold significant trade able value and can often be signed over to solar installers for discounts.
State government incentives and feed-in-tariffs differ, with some offering extra rebates.
Various financing options, like PPAs and leases, can cover solar installation costs, sometimes without upfront fees.
Reference – https://www.energy.gov.au/
Frequently Asked Questions
At BVR Energy, we offer solutions for commercial solar panel installation that can bring substantial savings in energy costs, provide financial stability, and contribute to environmental responsibility. Our offerings include quality, sustainable, and customised options to help businesses make the most of solar power.
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[Disclaimer: The blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. For accurate and up-to-date information on renewable energy, refer to reputable sources and consult with experts in the field.]
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