Five burning questions about solar for business

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We answer your burning questions with the help from an expert.
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It’s no secret: solar power can be beneficial to businesses, organisations and property owners – and in more ways than one. West Aussies (and people all over the world) are deciding to garner the sun’s rays to try and reduce their electricity costs and ultimately make use of an energy source that is more environmentally friendly than traditional sources.

So, as we head into some of the sunniest months of the year, it’s crucial to understand the benefits of making use of an energy source that can be cleaner and cheaper than other energy sources.

We asked Synergy Sales Capability Lead Jason Henderson to answer our burning questions and help you decide whether solar power is for your business.

“Over a third of rooftops in WA have solar,” Mr Henderson said.

“Now more than ever, businesses are engaging in renewable energy sources and looking to offset those operational costs whilst reducing their carbon emissions.

“One of the easiest ways a business can help take control of their energy use, is with a solar PV system – which can be a good option for businesses looking to try to reduce operational costs and carbon emissions.”

How can your business benefit from solar?

Solar production peaks during the hours which receive the most sunshine, typically between 10am and 2pm in WA.

“If a business uses most of its power during daylight hours, they could be in a strong position for a faster return on investment, however other factors come into play when tailoring a solar solution to individual business circumstances,” Mr Henderson said.

The desire to invest in renewable energy is another compelling reason for considering a commercial solar PV system.

“Businesses can take advantage of solar technology to help reduce their commercial carbon footprint, support a greener source of electricity and even share their solar journey with their customers to show how their business is genuinely working to make a difference,” Mr Henderson said.

Is it tax deductible?

Initiatives such as the Federal Government’s Instant Asset Write Off scheme may assist with the cost, or part of the cost, of a business’s commercial solar PV system, but it is recommended that businesses speak with their registered tax agent to obtain professional advice as it depends on a number of factors.

Can businesses claim a rebate?

Many solar PV systems installed are eligible for Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs).

“These are generated by the business when they have a solar system installed in line with the requirements of the Clean Energy Council and applicable renewable energy schemes,” Mr Henderson said.

“Typically, solar retailers and installers purchase these certificates off of a business in return for an up-front discount or reduction in the upfront cost of the solar system.”

How much does it cost?

The cost of a solar PV system is primarily based on the size of system a business requires.

“Each solar PV system is custom designed for a business’ unique energy profile, therefore getting a quote and engaging with our SolarReturn team at Synergy is the best way to see what tailored system would best suit your business,” Mr Henderson said.

How do you get your business started?

As WA’s energy landscape continues to evolve, there are many ways to get started and help you discover tailored and more energy-efficient solar solutions for your commercial property, that could help you save on your electricity costs and benefit the environment simultaneously.

“You can speak to our Commercial SolarReturn team for help to find the most suitable solar solution for your business,” Mr Henderson said.

Synergy have partnered with many local Perth businesses across a range of industries including Coventry Markets, Morish Nuts and State Swim to provide high quality, low-maintenance commercial solar solutions designed for each business. For more information visit the website or call on 1800 453 021.

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