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          1. News & Information

            30 kW Solar Systems

            If you’re looking into powering your business with solar energy, you’ve probably noticed that commercial solar systems come in a?wide range?kiloWatt (kW)?ratings. Like many potential solar investors, you may be unsure of what these ratings mean in practical terms.

            Put simply, the kW rating refers to a solar?system’s capacity for energy output in conditions of unobstructed sunlight.?Bigger is not necessarily better, though – it comes down to the individual needs of your site, operations and finances.

            While?large-scale commercial solar systems?of?100kW?or more can be well-suited to businesses with very high energy usage, they often go far beyond what’s needed (and viable) for smaller businesses.

            Systems sized at around the 30kW size are a popular choice for commercial sites with low to medium energy usage – with annual electricity costs of around $15,000.

            Savings and ROI

            If you’re looking at solar systems in the realm of 30kW, it pays to investigate how much energy these solar?systems are able to produce and compare this to your power bills.

            In doing this, it’s important to keep in mind that a solar system’s generating potential depends on a number of?case-by-case variables.

            For example, your site’s?geographic location influences the amount of available sunlight, and this determines the generating potential of a solar system. Brisbane, for example, receives ample sunlight year-round, so solar systems up north will likely generate more energy.

            Other factors to take into account include:

            • Solar system quality
            • Structural features, such as roof type, orientation and shading
            • Obstructions to light
            • Seasonal variables

            That said, as a rough estimate,?a 30kW solar system can generate energy of value equivalent to $10,000 to $20,000 per annum.?For businesses with annual electricity bills roughly around the $15,000 mark, a solar system of this size has the potential to dramatically reduce (if not eliminate) the need to buy energy from the grid, while not wasting capital on purchasing and maintaining a solar system that generates more power than you can use.

            For businesses with electricity usage at around this level, full return on investment for a 30kW system is generally achievable in under 5 years, with these systems costing between $32 000 and $55 000 on average.

            Spatial Factors

            While cost is key when thinking about installing a?commercial solar system, spatial considerations are a further deciding factor.

            While it’s clear that solar systems with higher capacities can generate more energy and have a higher ROI, many small to mid-sized commercial sites simply don’t have the roof space or layout to support a large scale solar system.

            A 30kW solar system can often be suited to such cases, offering significant power bill cuts and emissions reductions within the scope of a smaller rooftop.

            Typically, a solar system of this capacity will require around 120-140 panels, depending on the make of panels and the tilt of the roof. This means you’ll need suitable roof space with dimensions somewhere in the ballpark of 150-200m2.

            Our?commercial solar panel calculator?is an easy way to get an overview of how many panels your site’s roof can accommodate.

            From there, a Cherry Energy Solutions expert can assist you?exploring the possible extent of the savings that solar can provide for your business.

            Case Study

            IBIS Hotels’ Redcliffe?branch sought a solution to reduce operating costs and enhance sustainability credentials. With round-the-clock operating hours, the site’s energy consumption was high.

            Cherry Energy Solutions?installed a 29.15kW solar system. Composed of 110 x 265kW solar panels, it will generate an estimated 46 000 kWh of energy annually, which translates to a saving of $13,850 per year. In addition, the business will reduce their carbon footprint by 40,000 kg CO2 per annum.

            This strong reduction in energy costs means IBIS Redcliffe can expect to see a rapid return on their investment?howellsac.com, plus protection from rising and volatile electricity prices as well as committing to a more sustainable future.

            See more on this project?here.

             

            Ready to find the right fit?

            For small to medium businesses investing in commercial solar, it’s essential to choose the right solar system size for a balance of maximum power bill cuts and optimal cash flow.

            To explore whether a?30kW solar system?is the right choice for your business, book a consultation with the experts at?Cherry Energy Solutions?today.

            Book a Consultation

            News & Information

            30 kW Solar Systems

            If you’re looking into powering your business with solar energy, you’ve probably noticed that commercial solar systems come in a?wide range?kiloWatt (kW)?ratings. Like many potential solar investors, you may be unsure of what these ratings mean in practical terms.

            Put simply, the kW rating refers to a solar?system’s capacity for energy output in conditions of unobstructed sunlight.?Bigger is not necessarily better, though – it comes down to the individual needs of your site, operations and finances.

            While?large-scale commercial solar systems?of?100kW?or more can be well-suited to businesses with very high energy usage, they often go far beyond what’s needed (and viable) for smaller businesses.

            Systems sized at around the 30kW size are a popular choice for commercial sites with low to medium energy usage – with annual electricity costs of around $15,000.

            Savings and ROI

            If you’re looking at solar systems in the realm of 30kW, it pays to investigate how much energy these solar?systems are able to produce and compare this to your power bills.

            In doing this, it’s important to keep in mind that a solar system’s generating potential depends on a number of?case-by-case variables.

            For example, your site’s?geographic location influences the amount of available sunlight, and this determines the generating potential of a solar system. Brisbane, for example, receives ample sunlight year-round, so solar systems up north will likely generate more energy.

            Other factors to take into account include:

            • Solar system quality
            • Structural features, such as roof type, orientation and shading
            • Obstructions to light
            • Seasonal variables

            That said, as a rough estimate,?a 30kW solar system can generate energy of value equivalent to $10,000 to $20,000 per annum.?For businesses with annual electricity bills roughly around the $15,000 mark, a solar system of this size has the potential to dramatically reduce (if not eliminate) the need to buy energy from the grid, while not wasting capital on purchasing and maintaining a solar system that generates more power than you can use.

            For businesses with electricity usage at around this level, full return on investment for a 30kW system is generally achievable in under 5 years, with these systems costing between $32 000 and $55 000 on average.

            Spatial Factors

            While cost is key when thinking about installing a?commercial solar system, spatial considerations are a further deciding factor.

            While it’s clear that solar systems with higher capacities can generate more energy and have a higher ROI, many small to mid-sized commercial sites simply don’t have the roof space or layout to support a large scale solar system.

            A 30kW solar system can often be suited to such cases, offering significant power bill cuts and emissions reductions within the scope of a smaller rooftop.

            Typically, a solar system of this capacity will require around 120-140 panels, depending on the make of panels and the tilt of the roof. This means you’ll need suitable roof space with dimensions somewhere in the ballpark of 150-200m2.

            Our?commercial solar panel calculator?is an easy way to get an overview of how many panels your site’s roof can accommodate.

            From there, a Cherry Energy Solutions expert can assist you?exploring the possible extent of the savings that solar can provide for your business.

            Case Study

            IBIS Hotels’ Redcliffe?branch sought a solution to reduce operating costs and enhance sustainability credentials. With round-the-clock operating hours, the site’s energy consumption was high.

            Cherry Energy Solutions?installed a 29.15kW solar system. Composed of 110 x 265kW solar panels, it will generate an estimated 46 000 kWh of energy annually, which translates to a saving of $13,850 per year. In addition, the business will reduce their carbon footprint by 40,000 kg CO2 per annum.

            This strong reduction in energy costs means IBIS Redcliffe can expect to see a rapid return on their investment?howellsac.com, plus protection from rising and volatile electricity prices as well as committing to a more sustainable future.

            See more on this project?here.

             

            Solar Power Potential by Region

            The amount of power that can be generated by a 100kW system depends in part on its geographic location. This is due to the differing amounts of sunlight available in different parts of the country.

            This is something to take into account when considering moving your operation to commercial solar power. Brisbane, for example, receives ample sunlight year-round. This means that systems placed in this part of the country can generate more power than those in, say, Melbourne or Sydney.

            Capital City kWh/m2
            Sydney 1,700
            Melbourne 1,600
            Brisbane 1,900
            Canberra 1,900
            Perth 2,000
            Darwin 2,100

            Just Under 100 kW Solar System Project (Case Study)

            Timber and truss manufacturer Peuker & Alexander sought a solution to save on the massive energy usage at their?Campbellfield industrial space. Cherry Energy installed a premium 99kW solar system, comprising 384 x 260W panels with 25kW inverters.

            This scale of system is capable of generating over 118,000 kWh per annum, translating to an average value of nearly $21,000 annually. This solution was combined with other methods of reducing power consumption, such as retrofitting light fittings with?energy-efficient LEDs, to more than double that value.

            The solar system chosen, with its rating falling within the 99.9kW or less range, fell into the small-scale stream of government incentives. This made Peuker & Alexander eligible for 1,700 Small-Scale Technology Certificates, equivalent to a $65,000 discount on system installation costs. Visit?bombtechgolf.com.

            Ready to size up the options?

            When investing in commercial solar, it pays to maximise your savings by choosing the right system size for your space and energy needs. Begin the process by consulting with the?efficiency experts at Cherry Energy today.

            Book a Consultation

            SOLAR ENERGY

            Solar Panels for Commercial and Office Buildings

            If you’re thinking about investing in a commercial solar power system, cost?factors will be among your primary considerations.

             

            Choose the Right Solar System Size

            Fortunately, many businesses find that taking this route sets them back no more than paying for electricity from the grid, with dramatically reduced exposure to fluctuating energy prices.?Your office or government building, commercial site or school may be perfect for a solar energy solution bearing countless benefits.

            When the right design decisions are made, offsetting a high proportion of your energy usage is an achievable goal.

            With that in mind, here are a few key points to factor in for a cost-effective outcome – you may even end up with a positive cash-flow

            By choosing a solar system size that’s appropriate for your building and the nature of your activities, you’ll be set up to meet your energy needs with optimal efficiency.

            Small to Medium Size Business?Solar?Systems:?20 – 50 kW??

            These commercial solar systems are larger than residential arrays and are suited to the needs of small/medium businesses such as office buildings, retailers, primary schools, childcare, kindergartens, clubs, hospitality and leisure venues and other establishments with energy demands of 150kWh plus per day. 20kW solar systems generate around 72kWh on average.

            Projects may qualify for?Small Scale Technology Certificates?under the STC Renewable Energy Scheme.

            Commercial Grade Solar Systems: 50 – 100 kW

            Depending on the size of the building and energy demands, larger multi-storey office buildings, secondary schools and other sites that use 350kWh plus would require commercial solar systems sized between 50-100kW for day to day operations.

            Did you know that solar systems under?100kW?could qualify for? Small Scale Technology Certificates under the Federal Government STC?Renewable Energy Scheme?

            Additionally, there are many different funding options available for renewable energy projects including funding over a longer period of time where you pay nothing up front and are cash flow positive from the start with an?Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUA)* or, get a solar system installed with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA),?and?only?pay a reduced rate on your electricity for an agreed period then?own it for $1!

            *In New South Wales, Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUA) are referred to as Building Upgrade Finance (BUF).

            Larger Commercial Grade Solar Systems: 100 – 300 kW?

            Large commercial solar systems over 100kW may be eligible for Large-Scale Generation Certificates. Commercial solar systems over 100kW can?support a vast range of high energy consuming business types typically indicative of the following industries:

              • Large Commercial Offices
              • Hotels
              • Shopping Centres
              • Warehouses and Industrial Spaces
              • Transport and Logistics Sites
              • Food Processing, Beverage and Manufacturing Facilities
              • Storage Facilities

            Industrial Grade Solar Systems: Over 300 kW

            These industrial solar power systems are installed on large roofs of buildings and businesses with very high energy demands. These businesses include sizable factories, super complexes and plants.

            Solar systems above 100kW can also be ground mounted and/or constructed as solar farms.

            Opt for High Quality Panels

            High quality?PV panels?are worth investing in – they have better longevity, reliability and efficiency than their cheaper counterparts, saving you money in the long term. Cherry Energy Solutions recommends panels from these manufacturers:

            Ja Solar

            A well-known market leader that you can trust boasting a 10% global market share,?JA Solar panels?are backed by 25-year linear power output warranty and 12-year product warranty.

            Q Cells

            Another industry-leading PV manufacturer,?Hanwha Q CELLS solar panels?are known for their stability, certified quality and high level of performance. Q CELLS products are also backed by an impressive?12-year product warranty?and a 25 year performance warranty with 83% original rated power at 25 years.

            Sunpower

            SunPower solar panels incorporate cutting-edge technology, with cells designed to capture and convert more sunlight than conventional commercial cells. SunPower is a highly reputable brand for commercial applications boasting a market leading 25 year product quality AND performance warranty.

            Add a Solar Storage System

            All solar systems will generate varying amounts of power throughout the year – for example, summer may see more power generated due to increased sunlight.

            By adding solar storage capabilities, you can store excess power generated by your solar system for use in the evening or early morning, dramatically reducing your reliance on the grid and further slashing your energy bills.

            Cherry Energy Solutions?is a Certified Installer of the?Tesla Powerpack. These fully integrated, AC-connected?commercial battery storage systems?feature state-of-the-art technology, and can be scaled to your site’s energy needs, whether it be an office block or large-scale regional utility.

            Monitor Energy Usage

            Keeping track of energy usage is essential in getting the most from your commercial solar system.

            With this in mind, Cherry Energy Solutions has developed Cherry Pulse, an intelligent energy monitoring system that allows you to keep tabs on how your business?is consuming electricity in real time.

            By enabling you to manage energy usage at a circuit and appliance level, using actual energy tariffs, it gives you the tools to stay in control of your business’ energy spend.

            Weigh Up the Cost

            When investing in solar panels for commercial buildings, cost can be a deciding factor in what level of energy offset can be achieved.

            Ultimately, the cost will depend on the?solar system size and type of panels you choose, together with the inclusion of add-ons such as storage and energy monitoring. The key thing to keep in mind is that these same factors will determine the capacity of your solar system to save you money in the long term.

            The longevity, efficiency and overall performance of your solar system will reflect the quality of the installation, so it’s worth getting advice from a solar company experienced in commercial installations.

            Look for a company that offers additional products, services and benefits such as a sustainability partner program and post installation packages to compliment your solar installation including performance reviews, monitoring, an emergency response team, longer installation warranties and proactive maintenance.

            Cherry Energy Solutions is fully equipped to help transition your business to solar power, as well as advise on the range of financial incentives available from state and federal governments.

            Find Out More About Commercial and Office Solar Solutions

            Q Cells Solar Panels Review Leading the Way in Solar Technology

            Cherry is proud to be supplying?Hanwha Q-Cells solar panels. Q-Cells have consistently raised the bar in terms of solar energy research and is now the world’s largest solar cell manufacturer.

            Offering market leading 12-year product warranty and 25-year performance warranty, Q-Cell solar panels are built to last and are guaranteed to stand the test of time. Perfect for?commercial solar energy systems.

            • Higher yield per surface area and lower BOS costs and higher power classes.
            • Optimal yields, whatever the weather, with excellent low-light and temperature behaviour.
            • Long-term yield security with Anti PID Technology, Hot-Spot Protect and Traceable Quality Tra.Q.
            • High-tech aluminium alloy frame, certified for high snow and wind loads.

            Here they are in action on the roof at Advance Chemicals in Altona!

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            How Do Solar Panels Work?

            Whether you’re looking to invest in a?solar systems?or you’ve already made the leap, you’ve probably wondered about the finer points of how solar panels actually work.

            Here’s our breakdown of what’s happening on your rooftop, and where?PV technology?could take us in the future.

            how do solar panels work