How Will Installing Solar Impact My Business?
If you’ve thought about investing in solar for your business, you’ve probably considered how installing a system would impact your business.
While many businesses have decided against investing in a solar PV system due to misguided beliefs about multiple power outages and construction problems, the truth is installing solar is not a particularly complicated process, even when considering installations 100kW and above.
Understanding the basic steps involved in going solar will decrease the impact solar will have on your business operations, and make the installation process as easy and stress-free as possible.
Step 1. Choose Your Solar PV Provider
It’s important to choose a reputable Solar Provider to safeguard your investment.
Infinite Energy is proud to be Australia’s leading solar system provider and specialised electricity retailer, with offices in Perth, WA's South West, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney.
Proud to be one of the only commercial solar providers that is both ISO 9001 Compliant and an approved CEC Approved Solar Retailer, Infinite Energy offers alternative solar financing options which do not require upfront capital, including PPAs and Solar Leasing.
Supplying over 10,000 homes, businesses and government facilities with solar power since 2009, Infinite Energy are experts in commercial solar.
Step 2. Quotation and Agreement
Through our detailed analysis of the load profile, predicted solar production, and financial analysis, Infinite Energy will determine the optimum system size for your business so that return on investment is maximised.
Once you have chosen your preferred components, you’ll enter into an agreement with Infinite Energy.
In some cases, the installation of a solar system will mean that your business’s electricity retailer agreement has to be revised. Infinite Energy has successfully negotiated new retailer agreements for multiple clients, and we include this in the project cost and scope of work.
Step 3. Obtain Building and/or Council Permits
In order to install solar on your business’s building, you may be required to obtain building or council permit(s). Whether you’re required to seek Council Development Approval or not will depend on your building. Factors that can impact this include:
- Your state or territory’s building codes and regulations
- If your building is within a conservation or heritage overlay
- Your building’s classification under the Australian Building Code
- Your solar PV system’s size and position
- The weight and design of your system
At Infinite Energy, we complete any Council Approvals you may require. This is done at no additional cost in order to make the solar process as seamless as possible for your business.
In general, a state or territory Building Permit is required before any building work can begin. There are certain exemptions when a Building Permit is not required for solar, usually related to the location of your business or the size of your planned solar PV system.
Thanks to our extensive experience in the commercial solar sector, Infinite Energy will determine if your installation will require a Building Permit, and ensure your installation fully complies with all applicable building standards.
Step 4. Understand Your Grid Connection Requirements
Unfortunately, connecting your solar PV system isn’t quite as simple as plugging in a new dishwasher. While a solar PV system only needs panels and an inverter to “work”, your Network Operator may require you to install additional componentry or complete extensive testing. This can include grid protection, export control, power quality logging and witness testing.
In addition, a Connection Agreement with your local DNSP (Distribution Network Service Provider) is a national requirement for connecting a solar system to the grid. Your Connection Agreement will outline the terms of your connection, and require your signature.
If you are eligible to receive a feed-in tariff for any exported solar electricity, you’ll also need to negotiate an Export Agreement with the DNSP.
Infinite Energy includes the costs of any additional componentry and testing in your quote, and have extensive experience working with the DNSP.
Step 5. Apply for Government Rebates
Under the Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Target, STCs (small-scale technology certificates) are eligible for small-scale renewable energy generation installations under 100kW, while LGCs (large-scale generation certificates) are eligible for large-scale renewable energy installations above 100kW.
Both certificates create a significant financial incentive for businesses and homeowners to install solar.
Infinite Energy is able to assist and manage the accreditation and sales process for both STC’s and LGC’s.
For more information on these incentives, click here.
Step 6. Installation
Contingent on the size of your system, installation may take anywhere from just one day (10kW) to several weeks (600kW).
Thankfully, when completed by expert, knowledgeable installers, like our CEC approved electricians, the process should cause no more than a minimal disruption to your business.
If your building lacks roof space, the installation of mounting frames may cause a noise issue, especially if your business does not have good insulation.
The installation of your inverter(s) may also cause a noise issue depending on where they will be positioned in or outside the building.
And finally, when your solar PV system is ready to be connected to the grid, your business’s power will need to be turned off. However, this should take no more than an hour, and Infinite Energy will work around your schedule in order to minimise any disturbance to your business.
To ensure going solar is as easy as possible for your business, it’s important you understand all the steps involved.
With minimal to no noise disturbance depending on your building’s layout and positioning, plus negligible power outages, going solar will not require the vast majority of businesses to close their operations, making the long-term benefits of solar fair outweigh any short-term inconveniences.
To find out how solar could help your business cut costs, contact Infinite Energy today.