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A 60kW commercial solar power system Produces an average of 223.21kwh per day Received $45,880 in STC rebates

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Commercial Solar Government Rebates

Small Scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES)

The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme creates a financial incentive for owners to install eligible small-scale installations such as solar water heaters, heat pumps, solar panel systems, small-scale wind systems, or small-scale hydro systems. STCs are created for these installations according to the amount of electricity they produce or displace.

The number of STC’s per installation is based on the amount of electricity in megawatt hours (MWh) generated by your small-scale solar panel, wind or hydro system over the course of its lifetime of up to 15 years, where one STC equals one megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity generated or displaced.

There is approximately 20 STCs for every kilowatt of energy produced or displaced. The STC market valuation varies but is around $36.

See recent installations for rebate value below.

Large Scale renewable Energy Target (LRET)

The Large-scale Renewable Energy Target creates a financial incentive for the establishment and growth of renewable energy power stations, such as wind and solar farms, or hydro-electric power stations. These LGCs are created based on the amount of eligible renewable electricity produced by the power stations.

Federal Government Rebate Examples

Commercial 50kW Solar Power System

  • Suited to large businesses using under 480 kW/day
  • Eligible for a $38,000 STC rebate
  • Off sets 180 kW each day
  • Power saving $16,000 /year (power cost @.25 cents/kW)
  • Return on Investment 4 – 5 years (*subject to your usage patterns)
  • No eligibility requirements
  • Pay as you save
  • Leasing packages available

Commercial 100kW Solar Power System

  • Suited to large businesses using over 1MW (1000kW)/day
  • Eligible for a $76,000 STC rebate
  • Off sets 360 kW each day
  • Power saving $32,000 /year (power cost @.25 cents/kW)
  • Return on Investment 4 – 5 years (*subject to your usage patterns)
  • No eligibility requirements
  • Pay as you save
  • Leasing Packages available

Project Management

Superior Solar is an experienced provider of commercial solar installations.

Commercial installations require careful integration and coordination within the organisations’ operation and other local and Federal opportunities.

Large projects are managed within multi stage system ensuring attention to detail, complete customer satisfaction and above all accurate performance estimates to meet a planned return on investment.

Commercial projects are managed through five major stages

Commercial Solar Power Project Flow Chart

Return on Investment

Generate electricity at a lower cost than purchasing from a utility. If you are paying more than 20c/kWh for your daytime electricity usage, a system sized to your daytime load will provide a payback time of around 4 – 5 years. After which time, the electricity you generate is essentially free and the savings contribute to your bottom line

Solar systems have an operational warranty of 25 years giving you a serviceable life of around three decades which translates to a huge reduction in your medium to long term operational costs.

Grant Consultants

Superior Solar successfully applied for two Clean Tech Grants on behalf of our customers, in 2013 for projects in excess of $500,000. Our experience in assessing your eligibility and streamlining the application process will be a factor in the resultant success of the application and the efficiency of the time line management.

You have the most to gain from solar power if your business:

Uses between 50 – 480kwh/day; &

Operates 5 – 7 days per week.

Commercial References
Show ’em how much you Love ’em Company, Somersby NSW 100 kw + 20 kw Commercial Solar Power Installations

Quarry Mining & Construction Equipment, Beresfield, NSW 100kW Commercial Solar Power Installation

Integra Mining, Singleton Hunter Valley 30+kW Residential solar power systems

Coast Shelter, Central Coast, NSW 20kW Commercial Solar Power Installation

Newcastle Obesity Clinic, Charlestown, NSW 15kW Commercial Solar Power Installation

Little Miracles Child Care, Morriset, NSW 15kW Commercial Solar Power Installation

Community Care Service, Gosford, NSW 10kW Commercial Solar Power System

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Terrigal NSW 10kW Commercial Solar power installation

Little Miracles Child Care, Forresters Beach, NSW 10kW Commercial Solar Power Installation

Chicken Farm, Mangrove Mountain 10kW Commercial Solar power installation

Little Miracles Child Care, Terrigal, NSW 5kW Commercial Solar Power Installation

Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Avoca Beach, NSW 6.6kW Commercial Solar power installation

Central Coast Disability Network, Gosford, NSW 3.185kW Residential Solar Power Installation

Avoca Valley BnB, Avoca Valley NSW 3.12kW Commercial Solar power installation

Mangrove Mountain Community Hall, Mangrove Mtn, NSW 1.75kW Solar power installation

Avondale Retirement Village, Central Coast, NSW 50+ Solar Hot Water Systems

Masterton Homes, Central Coast, NSW 24 Solar Hot Water Panels Commercial Installation

Kendale Homes, Central Coast, NSW 15+ Residential Solar Hot Water Systems

5 Star Swim Centres, Kincumber, NSW Solar Hot Water, Gas & Solar Pool Heating

RAAF Base, Williamtown, NSW Solar Pool Heating

NSW Fire Service, Umina Fire Station, Solar Hot Water East Maitland Fire Station, Solar Power Audit

Frequently Asked Questions

What size system is best suited to commercial installations?

Every commercial solar power system is unique as it is tailored to suit the individual site to maximise your return on investment. If the system is too big then energy is wasted or if too small then it is not giving you the best reduction in energy demand as possible. We also have to consider the size of your available shade free, mostly north facing roof area to fit the quantity of panels.

What businesses are suited to commercial solar?

The best return on investment solar power can give you is when you are using between 0 – 480kw as a daily average and are paying above 20 cents per kilowatt.  It is also important that you are using the majority of your power during the day especially when it is the most expensive for example Monday to Friday between 8 am and 5 pm. Extended hours of operation outside of these parameters is still viable but the return on investment will vary.

What do I need to provide to get an idea if solar is suitable for my business?

All we need is a copy of your latest electricity bills and some basic information on your hours of operation. We can then design some system parameters to give you maximum return on investment. We require absolutely minimal time from you.

How much will a solar system cost?

This is almost impossible to answer without completing a system design suited to your business. Every business and location is different. Send us your latest electricity bills and we will give you an accurate price on a system that will offer the best return on investment.

What if we do not have the available funds to invest in solar right now?

Current financing services can provide complete funding for solar installations with the debt covered by the solar return. Usual mortgage period is 3 – 4 years.

How does solar power affect sensitive electrical equipment?

Installing solar for commercial operations that include equipment sensitive to electrical loading is managed in the design phase so there is no risk to equipment.

Why do Superior Solar use predominantly European components?

Europe has a well established solar industry and have been manufacturing solar power components for many years. Their products have withstood the test of time as they are global leaders in terms of quality and longevity. Learn more about commercial solar products.

How do solar panels stand up to the elements?

Solar panels and the mounting systems are certified to withstand hail, salt mist and high wind loadings. This is taken into consideration at the design phase.

What rebates are available for commercial solar?

The Federal government has both small and large scale renewable energy certificates that reduce the cost of your solar power system.

Small scale certificates apply to systems up to 100kW and save approximately 25% of the cost.

Review more information on all government solar schemes for commercial business.

What roof orientation is best?

We need a large shade free area on your roof in order to install the panels. It is ideal if the roof faces north but we can place panels on west or east facing positions.

For how long does the system operate?

Superior Solar only uses quality predominantly European engineered and manufactured solar components. We offer guaranteed reliability and performance. The operational warranty for all solar panels is 25 years.

How do I know your system will actually perform to meet your estimates?

Superior Solar is an expert in commercial installations through out the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast regions. We are very conservative when calculating the actual performance estimates and will  detail how we calculate this with you at an appropriate time. We can show you existing installations via independent online portals that demonstrate recent large commercial systems meeting performance estimates we have set prior to installation.

With each commercial installation we include a monitoring system that records live system data that can be view online via a number of mobile portals. This system can also detect non meteorological fluctuations in energy production alerting us via email or sms so the fluctuation can be attended to ensuring minimal loss.

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