How to Choose a Commercial Solar Company

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How to Choose a Commercial Solar Company

Aaron Ware
5 min read

The new - and huge - instant tax write-off (for assets up to $150k) has gotten Aussie businesses looking at solar. But the rush to get systems installed before June 30 may lead some businesses to choose a solar company that isn’t right for them.

Learn how to use the Instant Asset Write-Off for commercial solar here.

To make sure that doesn’t happen, our team of solar experts put together the most important things to consider when choosing a commercial solar company. Find them below.


CEC Accreditation

Being accredited by the Clean Energy Council (CEC) ensures that the solar company you’re working with operates in line with strict quality measures. These range from the quality of the installation to the length of the warranties offered.


Green Asset Financing

Large-scale solar systems can be an immediate cash-flow-positive investment. Businesses don’t have to fork out tens of thousands straight up, as long as the company they work with offers appealing asset financing options with credible partners.


Needs and Feasibility Analysis

A commercial solar installation is a great way for businesses to significantly reduce their costs and carbon emissions. But every business and its properties are different. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.

Your commercial solar installer should be able to study your:

  • Business’s energy usage behaviour
  • Solar-friendly rooftop space.

With this, they’ll propose the ideal system size required for installation on your office, warehouse or other business property.


Hands-On Inspection

Commercial solar installations are safe - if they’re completed by an experienced installer. For large solar arrays, you’re adding weight and a new electrical system on top of your property. So, to avoid any damage or hazards - and to get the information required to design the right solar layout - your solar installer should conduct its own site inspection.


Tailored Design

With solar, you’re essentially installing your own power station on your property. So you’ll need:

  • The right equipment (e.g. solar panels sunshine coast, inverters, cables).
  • Maximised solar (PV) capacity, adhering to a budget.
  • Integration (electrical) between new and old assets.
  • Other designs (e.g. panel tilts - if necessary).

Your solar company should create a clear solar design that displays how the project will look and function.


Utility Grid Approval

Even if your business’s main working hours are during the day, you’ll likely have plenty of unused solar energy to export (e.g. weekend surpluses) for discounts on your power bill. But you’ll need approval to export large amounts of electricity into your local grid. A leading commercial company should facilitate this process for you - working with distribution network service providers (DNSPs) and advising on the best solar feed-in options.


Commissioning and After-Sales Service

A professional commercial solar installer won’t stop working until your new Brisbane solar power system is operating at the correct capacity. They’ll also ensure all issues are solved and that all the documentation is in order. Once the array is running, they’ll provide services that keep it running.

For example: Pedleys Solar offers swift commercial maintenance on solar panels and inverters. Our commercial services also include live (24/7) data monitoring systems, which provide data feeds on your energy production.


Find an Industry Leader, Not a Sales Company

The best way to find out if a solar company is the right choice is by talking to them. Get in touch with them online or chat to them on the phone so you can ask about the topics above. You’ll quickly be able to figure out if they know their stuff and if they’ll be there for your business long-term.

Pedleys is heavily experienced in the commercial solar sector. To find out what we can do for your business, chat to our friendly specialists online or call us on 1800 270 963 today!

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Aaron Ware

Owner & Director of Pedleys Solar.

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