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  • Cold Contacts - Happy Clients - Good Friends

    Posted on Oct 30, 2018

    What if you can turn cold contacts into happy clients and then into good friends? We were delighted to be invited for a succulent Malaysian lunch by a happy, generous client. So blessed and grateful that our business can: Help the client saves millions of $ Reduce carbon footprint Make new friends Facilitate the client to help 1400 disadvantaged people

  • Breaking News - Solar Incentive (Rebate) Scheme Saved!

    Posted on Oct 26, 2018

    Breaking News - Solar Incentive (Rebate) Scheme Saved! Yes, let's cheer!!! Why? Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) was under threat as there was a push towards the government in Q3 of 2018 to scrap this scheme much earlier than initially planned. This scheme has been benefiting our residential clients all the way to large business clients by allowing the creation of Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) with a value that can be redeemed by selling or assigning them. In other words, this scheme has been greatly helping people to reduce the purchase cost of the equipment significan...

  • Free Engineer Gave Short Lecture on Careers & Entrepreneurship in Solar

    Posted on Oct 09, 2018

    Free Engineer Gave Short Lecture on Solar and Careers in Sustainability It was fulfilling for Free Engineer to be invited to speak to bright young students at Trinity College - University of Melbourne. They learned about the renewable energy market and the current state of commercial solar. The future of solar will rely upon creative young people who think big! Why not inspire our young people to make a difference through renewable energy?

  • Did You Miss the Most Important Latest Changes in Commercial Solar?

    Posted on Sep 18, 2018

    Did You Miss the Most Important Latest Changes in Commercial Solar? 2017-2018 most likely marked the biggest boom for solar energy in Australia. A ‘perfect storm’ of rising energy prices, improved technology and cheaper equipment and install prices certainly have been the most significant drivers. What does it mean to your organisation or business? a. Short payback – We have done analysis for our large commercial and industrial clients resulting in close to 2.5 year payback b. Previously, some organisations were not able to assign high priority to energy concerns. The shock of energy price c...

  • 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...

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