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  • Solar Energy as a Service Part 2

    Posted on Jan 15, 2019

    Solar-Energy-as-a-Service Part 2 - Factors to Consider The benefits of Solar-Energy-as-a-Service (SEaaS) are outlined on part 1 of the article and summarised visually below. What are the factors to consider before going ahead with Solar-Energy-as-a-Service? A. The flexibility of the SEaaS agreement as the terms vary between agreements Negotiation with SEaaS provider is important to maximise your benefit. On case-by-case basis, certain provider may be able to accommodate the following: • When the system is being transferred to incoming tenant or next business owner, generous non-payment per...

  • Solar Energy as a Service Part 1

    Posted on Jan 11, 2019

    Why Pay for Solar Panels When You Can Get Solar Energy with No Outlay? [Solar-Energy-as-a-Service] The impact of rising electricity costs goes directly to corporates’ bottom line, and many are claiming they will be unable to continue to operate economically at current electricity prices. What if you can: • Pay a c/ kWh rate about 40% less than the current c/ kWh that you’re paying? • Access solar energy without having to purchase the system? • Fix (hedge) a significant amount your future energy cost without capital investment? • Benefit from a large solar plant without virtually any ri...

  • Solar Won’t Make Much Difference, Will it?

    Posted on Dec 13, 2018

    We Use So Much Electricity and Solar Won’t Make Much Difference, Will it? A number of managers and directors said to us that because they use so much electricity or they have massive loads onsite such as big refrigeration or very large machineries, solar will not help them reduce energy costs much. Some of also said that they need reliable source of energy to power these large critical loads, and therefore cannot rely on solar PV. Are the above myths or facts? The below are things to consider: • The technology has matured and efficiency has improved – In 1950s efficiency of around 6% was ju...

  • How Australian Politics Affect Renewable Energy’s Affordability

    Posted on Nov 23, 2018

    How Australian Politics Affect Renewable Energy’s Affordability It is apparent that energy and climate change issues such as the RET (Renewable Energy Target), National Energy Guarantee and the recent energy price crisis have been critical topics of Australian politics recently. Malcolm Turnbull’s loss of his prime ministership was signified by energy issues. Victorian election in late November 2018 is even being touted by some as an election that will be a referendum on solar and smart energy. The intention of this article is not to dive into political discussions, rather it will highlight a...

  • 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...

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