WHY CHOOSE 13KUGA?
- CEC-approved retailer with a strong track record of over 5000 successful projects around Australia.
- Highly-trained, values-driven team of commercial solar installers, engineers, electricians, and procurement specialists.
- Competitive pricing thanks to bulk purchasing from quality solar manufacturers.
- FREE monitoring service for full transparency over your system’s efficiency
At 13KUGA, we’re all about delivering efficient, commercial-sized solar systems that generate a quick return on investment (ROI) for our clients. We take everything into consideration, from roof space to your business’s unique energy requirements, so that you can get the best possible commercial solar solution, reducing your operational costs and carbon footprint all at once.
THE BENEFITS OF A COMMERCIAL SOLAR SYSTEM
WHY COMMERCIAL SOLAR?
Dramatically Reduce Energy Cost
Rapid & generous return of your investment
Access to free, Energy from the sun
Reduce Carbon Footprint
Future Proof your business against rising electricity cost
Slash Your Power Bill
Commercial solar panels generate FREE electricity for your business, minimising the amount you need to purchase from the traditional power grid, which reduces your power bill. This helps give your business energy independence, so you don’t have to worry about fluctuating energy prices impacting your bottom line.
Additionally, any power your panels generate that you don’t use during the day will be fed back into the electricity grid. This rewards you with credits that further offset your power bill.
At 13KUGA, we also specialise in the design and installation of off-grid solar systems for businesses that want total energy independence. Additionally, we help our customers procure and install solar battery storage units that allow you to bank electricity you don’t use during the day, further reducing your energy costs.
Reduce Your Environmental Impact
While your business may not be chopping down forests or dumping toxic waste into the local river, being dependent on the traditional power grid does have an environmental impact. When commercial businesses like yours devest from non-renewable power sources (like coal, natural gas, and oil), you’re reducing demand for fossil fuels and contributing to a greener future.
Attract More Customers
Doing your part for the planet is its own reward, but it also has a marketing benefit for your business. Most customers value a business that invests in reducing its non-renewable energy consumption. When you make the switch to solar energy, you can advertise this fact on your company website and in the press, boosting your public image.
WAYS TO FUND YOUR COMMERCIAL SOLAR SYSTEM
Pay for your commercial solar installation upfront
With the cost of commercial solar installations being at an all-time low, many businesses are enjoying a very attractive return on investment. Our customers who typically install a 30kW or 100kW solar system look at paying upfront as the returns are best when looking at STC projects. Projects over 100kW have large upfront costs, so financing might be a better option for most businesses.
Cashflow-positive finance for commercial solar installations
13KUGA have a range of finance options to suit your business needs. The finance term is flexible from 3 years to 20 years. Our major finance partners are Energy Ease, Verdia, Lendfin and the Australian Sustainability Fund. You can choose from a Rental Agreement, Chattel Mortage or even pay your commercial solar system off by a rates notice.
Power Purchasing Agreement
We can help you power your business by providing you with a fixed electricity rate under a Power Purchasing Agreement. Typically we find that the electricity rates are about 25% cheaper than the rates from your electricity retailer. Power Purchase Agreements are a good option when you don’t want the hassle of finance. We organise the solar system service and maintenance for the life of the agreement. Agreement lengths are usually either 7, 12 or 15 years.
Claiming STC and LGC Solar Rebates
Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STC)
Small businesses will be eligible to receive generous Small-Scale Technology certificates by installing commercial solar PV systems under 100kW. Claiming your STC can help finance your investment in your solar power generation. The solar rebate is paid upfront and helps reduce the price of your commercial solar installation.
Here are some examples of possible STC solar rebates:
100kW system installed in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide – 1,651 STCs – $59,000 STC rebate
100kW system installed in Melbourne – 1,416 STCs – $50,976 STC rebate
30kW system installed in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide – 497 STCs – $17,892 STC rebate
30kW system installed in Melbourne – 426 STCs – $15,336 STC rebate
Large-Scale Generation Certificates (LGC)
We can also help process Large-Scale Generation certificates for larger commercial solar installations above 100kW. We work with all parties involved in your installation to create a smooth and easy process. The current pricing per certificate for LGCs created in 2019 is $45. Pricing in 2020 is around $24 per certificate. As Australia pushes towards its renewable energy target, the LGC price will drop because the program is yet to be extended.
Commercial Solar Feed-in Tariffs (FIT)
Most businesses that install commercial solar panels will generate some amount of excess power. This power is ‘fed-in’ the grid for other homes and businesses to use. Feed-in tariffs provide your business with credits that reduce your power bill. The feed-in rate for businesses consuming power Monday to Friday between 7am to 6pm is around 15%, and a business that operates 24/7 usually doesn’t have any excess power.
Feed-in tariff for mass-market businesses
The feed tariff schemes are usually set annually and change depending on the value of the wholesale electricity price. When the wholesale electricity price is high, the feed-in tariff will be higher, but the reverse will happen if the wholesale electricity price is lower. They are set by regulators in each state. The guide for the minimum feed-in tariff when installing a solar system for your business is:
|12c per kWh
|8.5c per kWh
|8c per kWh
|11.3c per kWh
|9.36c per kWh
|7c per kWh
Feed-in tariff for large market businesses
There is no set minimum feed-in tariff for large market businesses installing commercial solar systems. In Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra, the current market for feed-in tariffs is about 7c per kWh to 9c per kWh. When re-contracting your electricity agreement, shop around for a good electricity rate and factor in what energy retailers are offering for feed-in tariffs.
READY TO GET STARTED?
We know there’s a lot to consider when it comes to investing in commercial solar panels. We’re honest about what we do, so if it’s not feasible right now for your business, we won’t push you. However, you’ve got nothing to lose by getting in touch and chatting with one of our friendly experts. We’ll work with you to understand your business’s energy situation and, if appropriate, help you engineer the most cost and energy-efficient commercial solar system possible.