Solar for business

Why choose solar?

Remember that solar generates when the sun is shining and if you can use the power at that time then you get it straight from your roof – for free!

You can register to get three quotes from carefully selected suppliers on our solar power supplier panel. All suppliers on the panel have been thoroughly checked out and components have been tested for Australian standards by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

Most businesses can benefit from solar as they use electricity during the day – when the sun is shining!

What size do I need?

Finding the system that best suits your needs will depend on:

  • How much electricity your business uses (daily usage)
  • Your roof size, its orientation and shade
  • The types of machinery and equipment your business uses
  • Your budget

What other costs may be incurred?

If you don’t already have a smart meter then you will need to get one installed, which typically costs between $350 and $450. Older buildings may also require an upgrade of the electricity meter board, which will cost around $800.

What if I don’t own the building or it’s a shared roof?

Depending on your lease arrangement solar may still be a good option for you. Call one of the Positive Charge experts to see how this might work for your business, on 1300 23 68 55.

Could the panels be damaged in a storm?

It is very unlikely that the weather can damage your panels. The panels are made with a low-iron tempered glass face and are specifically designed and certified to withstand large hailstones.  The aluminium frames are anodized for extra durability and long life.

Do I need to clean or maintain the panels?

Most people leave it to the rain to wash the panels but if there have been extended periods of dry weather it is worth considering giving the panels a clean. It is advisable to wipe the solar panels down with warm water perhaps once a year. To remove collections of dust, dirt and bird droppings. In small amounts these won’t have much effect on the output but over time a build up can reduce the effectiveness of the solar panel.

Can I mount the panels in any direction?

Facing due north is the ideal orientation, but panels facing more east or west can still provide a high percentage of available power (perhaps 10–15% reduction).  The optimum tilt angle of the solar electricity panels is 20–25 degrees which makes standard roof pitches ideal, but if you have a low angle or flat roof, adjustable tilt frames can be used to bring the panels up to the ideal angle.

What happens in a power outage?

Your solar power system will instantly shut off if the grid fails. This is Australian law and is designed to protect electrical line workers.  When the grid power is shut off, the workers expect the lines to be dead so they can safely repair faults.  If your system keeps producing electricity, it can risk the lives of the line workers.  This also protects any electricians doing work within your business.

What’s next?

Positive Charge can arrange for you to receive obligation free quotes from several solar suppliers and can conduct an assessment of the quotes to help you decide the best option for your business.The Positive Charge experts can offer you free advice over the phone. If you would like to receive an energy assessment with tailored advice call one of the Positive Charge experts on 1300 23 68 55 to book one in.