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  • How can a business get free ($0 outlay) solar panels?

    Posted on Jun 29, 2018

    How Can a Business Get Free ($0 Outlay) Solar Panels? A typical comment from directors or managers on solar is “We want to do it, but it costs too much.” Or “It’d be great but the payback is still too long”, or similar. What if you can get solar PVs that can pay themselves off? Then the payback may not be a concern anymore. How it works Use somebody else’s money to pay for your solar panels. YES you’ve heard it right! By using alternative $0 solar scheme funding options such as lease, rental or Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA), businesses can continue to operate as they wish and conserv...

  • Go SOLAR now or wait for battery?

    Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2018

    Should a Business Go Solar Now or Wait for Battery Costs to Come Down before Going Solar? Did you know that in 2017-18 many of our commercial clients have been shocked by increase to (up to) 3x of previous rates when looking at renewal of their electricity contracts? Energy has been on the news so often recently: Hazelwood closure, grid issues and regulations, coal lobby group, changes in renewable energy scheme, politics on energy etc. These are such complex issues and outside of our control. How can a business owner/ manager protect profit and run a sustainable business? Why don’t we focus o...

  • What is the best solar feed in tariff? Look out for awesome 29c!

    Posted on Mar 21, 2018

    Are Solar Feed-In Tariff Going Up To 29c?! Draft decision by the The Essential Services Commission have highlighted 2 options for solar feed-in tariff. One of them corresponds to 29c/ kWh feed-in tariff when consumers sell power back to the grid from 1st July 2018 onwards. The Essential Services Commission regulate Victoria’s energy, water and transport sectors, and administer the local government Fair Go Rates system. Their work also includes administering the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme, which aims to reduce greenhouse gases by making energy efficiency improvements more afford...

  • Case Study - Food business West of Melbourne

    Posted on Feb 02, 2018

    Case Study - a Food Business, West of Melbourne Site: fresh produce business, western suburb of Melbourne Goal: maximum cost reduction while keeping investment payback low Solution: 150kW & 99 kW custom solar PV system Our contacts: The CEO and CFO Highlights: The client ended up paying 21% less than the initial quote received; FE’s process gave them confidence quickly and effectively and hence only took 3 weeks to decide; They were happy with the recommended installer and went ahead with another site. Two government incentive schemes were utilised for this client, LGC scheme for large systems...

  • Case Study - Solar for Electric Go-karting Business

    Posted on Feb 01, 2018

    Case Study - Solar for Electric Go-karting Business Site: entertainment business, western suburb of Melbourne Goal: maximum cost reduction while keeping investment payback low Solution: 30kW custom solar PV system Our contacts: The 3 directors Highlights: The client ended up paying 26% less than the initial quote received; When FE came back to site to verify their saving, it turned out to be at least 30% more than the projected saving. Matt (one of the directors) came to us after receiving multiple quotes that he was unsure about, this is what he said about the outcome: “Communication from Fre...

  • How Much Should a Good Solar System be Right Now?

    Posted on Sep 03, 2017

    How Much Should You Pay for a Good Solar PV System Right Now? A few people you know seem to have gone solar or be considering solar? Increasing energy prices are so obvious from the news or when comparing your bills from the past few years? You’ve got a solar quote but you are concerned if you’ll be paying too much? Or do doorknockers offer you really cheap systems all the time? The technology, solar market, equipment costs and ‘the rebates’ are changing rapidly. Hence, it’s very difficult to understand what prices are fair, unless you are a solar professional yourself. How do you know you wi...

  • Touching letter from Bridget...

    Posted on Sep 01, 2017

  • How We Helped Chris...

    Posted in Testimonial on Aug 28, 2017

    The Challenges with Doing LED Lighting Upgrade Right & How We Helped Chris... Sorry for the wind noise

  • Don't Talk to Any Solar Installer...Until You Read This

    Posted on Aug 19, 2017

    Don't Talk to Any Solar Installer For Solar Quotes...Until You Read This How to Pick Solar Installers & Get Trustworthy Quotes (Residential) Market problems: Did you know that the Clean Energy Regulator in 2015 deemed over 25% of around 2000 installed small-scale renewable energy systems in Australia unsafe or substandard? Too difficult to understand the rapidly changing solar market? So many solar companies have come and gone, where can you find good ones? Research on Google is too overwhelming? What's realistic saving & return on investment from solar? Energy problems: Increasing electric...

  • Is your business energy-clever in 2017? Part 1

    Posted on Aug 17, 2017

    Is Your Business Energy-Clever in 2017? Part 1 What are clever business owners/ managers doing to spend 50% less on their electricity? The Problems: Did you know some businesses experienced up to 200% increase in electricity retail rates in 2017? How will your profit be affected by it? Will you allow the volatile energy market to control your destiny? You would like energy reduction but what if you are just too busy? How do your customers perceive your business’ commitment to sustainability? So many energy reduction suppliers such as solar or lighting companies have come and gone, how would y...

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