As electricity costs continue to climb, is it time your business stopped relying on grid electricity? Energy independence is no longer a futuristic dream alongside flux capacitors and hover-boards – it’s an achievable reality and we’re going to tell you how. Apply for a Free Energy Bill Audit
What is energy independence?
Energy dependence is the extent to which you rely on the state’s electricity grid to power your business. Energy independence is when you can supply your own power, usually through renewable energy resources, like solar, and battery storage.
It’s a cheaper and cleaner alternative, and allows your business to achieve environmental goals.
How Can You Become Energy Independent?
There are several strategies you can introduce to your business for better energy management. The most obvious choice for most Queensland commercial and industrial business owners is to install your own solar power plant.
Installing a solar power plant for your business is the most effective way to move towards energy independence. Solar enables you to harness free energy from our magnificent sun during the day when most businesses are at peak operation, reducing your demand for grid electricity. The sun’s energy is renewable (not likely to run out in the foreseeable future), and it’s clean – so you also reduce your carbon footprint.
An expertly-modelled solar power plant can generate enough electricity to service your business’ daily needs. And, they are relatively low maintenance – so you don’t need to worry about costly maintenance and repairs.
Although Solar PV systems may seem like an initial cost to the business – there are innovative financial solutions that allow $0 down with monthly payments. You can expect to pay it off with the savings the system provides and within 3 – 5 years. With our Energy Independence Program you will see projected savings of $16 – $19k year one (1), then accelerated savings year two (2) or after your business has been re-classified by Energex. (modelled on a 100kWp solar system)
Operate more efficiently during the day
Once you have solar, you can also introduce better energy management practices during the day when your business is in peak operation, lowering your demand on the network.
Instead of waiting for the night shift, machinery and equipment, compressors, highbay lighting, and office equipment, can be run during the daytime hours to ensure you’re using your free solar power.
You can also:
- ensure your building is well-insulated
- switch off desktops at night
- switch off lights / light sensors when you’re not in the room
- LED highbay lighting fitouts
- step your morning start-up process
- install roof turbines (whirly-birds) to moderate internal temperatures
Explore battery storage
We live in a beautiful, sunburnt country – gratefully, we have a reliable supply of solar energy we can use to efficiently power our business during the day without any grid dependency.
Our SolarEdge systems provide you with a power metre so you can track the quantity of solar energy you’re producing and notifies you when you’re producing excess solar. Any excess solar can be re-directed to battery storage as back up for future energy needs. Some solar power plants have the option to be battery compatible, so make sure you ask your energy expert if your business is eligible for this option.
Where to Start.
Start by taking a more considered approach to your energy consumption and introduce energy management strategies – You’ll introduce cost savings to your business in the short term. You can then use these cost savings to fund your solar project.
Experienced energy specialists can model the right sized solar power system for your site and provide accurate forecasting of your savings and your payback period. We’ve been installing solar systems for our residential and commercial clients for 8 years – commercial customers are able to save an average of $17k within the first year, and accelerated savings year two and the system has paid itself off, giving them energy independence, in full within three to five years.
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