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Jun, 2016

100kW Ground mounted system for Bathurst Regional Council

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In late 2015, Bathurst Regional Council released a tender for the design, installation and commissioning of a 100 kWp photovoltaic (PV) solar power system to be installed at the Bathurst Waste Water Treatment Works in West Bathurst. After a thorough tender process, Epho Pty Ltd was selected as the contractor for the works. Epho worked closely with the Council and the pre-tender consultant during the design stage, and pro-actively managed the planning and organisation of the installation. Epho then efficiently executed the installation and commissioning, in compliance with the requirements […]

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Mar, 2016

Mudgee TAFE – 57.2kW system on new building

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Mudgee TAFE is a major development and  part of that is new solar power buildings. Epho installed this system in February 2016 in association with AJS Electrical based in Bathurst who were the main electrical contractor for the entire project, and have worked on many solar projects with Epho.     http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/3150579/6-million-tafe-boost-minister-launches-turns-first-sod-on-project-to-consolidate-campuses/  

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Feb, 2016

Epho is now a CEC Approved Solar retailer

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Epho has signed on to the Clean Energy Council Solar Retailer Code of Conduct, a voluntary scheme authorised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). We’ve always been members of the Clean Energy Council, and Oliver Hartley has played several leadership roles within the CEC. This is a new code to encourage a distinction between members, and those that fully embrace customer driven values. Companies that have signed on to the code have committed to provide a higher standard of quality and service, raising the bar in the solar […]

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Feb, 2016

Wine in the sun – Accolade Wines Mildura goes solar

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Accolade Wines is the largest wine group in Australia and the UK by volume. They have recently installed a 100kW ground-mounted solar system at their Mildura winery to reduce their demand on grid power. Epho Commercial Solar was chosen to install this after a competitive process and supplier selection.   A testimonial from Stanley Wines / Accolade Wines: “Electricity is a significant cost factor of our operating expenses, but we were not sure on how solar power could help us. So when Epho approached us clearly  explained how it would […]

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Jan, 2016

Gidginbung Solar Farm shortlisted by ARENA

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Epho Pty Ltd Press Release (Sydney, Mon. 18th Jan. 2016) Gidginbung Solar Farm has been shortlisted by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as part of the $100m large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) competitive round. The 15MWdc Gidginbung Solar Farm was successfully shortlisted by ARENA to submit a Full Application as part of an important initiative to drive the increase of large-scale solar PV by 200 MW across Australia. The Gidginbung Solar Farm is located just outside Temora in Central Western NSW and this location was chosen because of its very […]

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Jan, 2016

Which bank is choosing solar power?

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Commonwealth Bank has begun to install solar across Australia on a number of selected CBA sites. The solar systems are located in NSW, ACT, SA, WA and Victoria on a range of bank branches. The locations were chosen after viability assessments which looked at: power rates, suitable roof space and the building use. The system performance is monitored against expectations to ensure that the bank is achieving the expected outcome. In addition, a publicly available portal is viewable at http://cbasolarpower.com.au/ which records the instantaneous and historical output of each system. […]

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Oct, 2015

Sunraysia Tenpin Mildura Solar Installation (video)

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In 2015 Sunraysia Tenpin realised that it was time to do something about the painful nature of their electricity bill. The project objectives were: Reduction of electricity consumption Maximize return on investment Sunraysia Tenpin Bowling chose Epho to install a 31.5kW solar system that will produce over 52,000 kWh per year and save approx 42% of their power usage. This is a video of the installation which took place in June 2015. “With ever increasing electricity bills, solar power seemed the logical way to go, but we were unsure about […]

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Oct, 2015

ALDI Tweed Heads – the first Aldi store to be powered by the sun

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  Epho has engineered and installed the first solar system on an ALDI store in Australia (Sydney, Sept. 2015) Epho Pty Ltd, a leading developer of turn-key commercial solar power systems and an engineering consulting firm for businesses across Australia, has secured the contract to develop the first solar system on an ALDI store in Tweed Heads, as part of an exciting new trial. The solar system will be 92.3 kW using Winaico modules and Enphase Microinverters. ALDI is a market leader in utilising solar power on its stores across […]

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Jul, 2015

Solar Suitability Analysis for the Better Buildings Partnership

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Epho is selected by the City of Sydney to carry out Solar Suitability Analysis for the Better Buildings Partnership (Sydney, June 2015) Epho Pty Ltd, a leading developer of turn-key commercial solar power systems and engineering consulting firm for businesses across Australia, has secured the contract to assess the suitability for solar power of about 60 commercial and public sector buildings for the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP, http://www.betterbuildingspartnership.com.au/ ) across the City of Sydney. The BBP represents a number of Sydney’s leading commercial and public sector landlords, including founding members; […]

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Jun, 2015

DB Schenker featured in ecogeneration magazine (video)

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Ecogeneration magazine had a write up in their June 2015 issue about DB Schenker logistics, who have installed 2 solar power systems on their sites with Epho solar. Click below to open the full article and case study.                           Click here to see how the system is performing right now  

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May, 2015

Mildura Information Session – 18th June 2015

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Epho is pleased to host an event on Thursday June 18, 2015 between 8am and 9:30am as an introduction to solar power for businesses. You can book by completing the form below, or emailing s.gordon@epho.com.au or calling Stuart Gordon on 0424 225 097 The session is NOT a sales pitch. It is an information session designed to give you insight into solar for business, so you can decide if it will work for you. Topics covered will be: When solar works How to predict the savings from solar The expected […]

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Mar, 2015

Epho gains certification in ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and AS 4801

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On March 26 2015 Epho was certified in ISO 9001 Quality Management System ISO 14001 Environment Management System AS 4801 OH & S This didn’t mean a huge change in our business – we were already focused on quality for our customers. It was more of a documentation of our processes, and a framework for dealing with improvements, issues and change. What does this mean for customers? It reinforces and demonstrates our commitment to quality in the products and services that we deliver. In short – we want you to have […]

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Mar, 2015

Event to announce strategic investment

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On March 2 2015 Epho had an event in the NSW Trade & Investment premises to announce and celebrate the investment of two large German companies into Epho Pty Ltd. This has two main benefits, it gives Epho room to expand and take on larger projects, as well as assisting with specific knowledge in running larger projects (> 10MW). Epho was pleased to have Rob Stokes (NSW Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for the Central Coast and Assistant Minister for Planning, Member for Pittwater) as a VIP […]

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Feb, 2015

What do you mean “I have no warranty?!”

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Solar systems are made as a long term proposition, and luckily there are generously long warranties on the components in a solar system. The panels often have  a 10 year product warranty and a 25 year performance warranty. The inverters often have a 10 year product warranty. So, for an investment that might have a 5-7 year paybck period and a 25+ year intended lifespan, it would seem that all is well. Except that… these warranties are easily voided. In order for someone to warrant the output of a panel […]

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Feb, 2015

Case Study: PJL Engineering Orange NSW

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“We knew we wanted to reduce our electricity bills by utilising solar power, but we were not sure about the real benefits or the system size. We contacted a number of solar companies, but Epho clearly stood out as the company really specialised in larger commercial solar systems. The Solar Business Case presented by Epho helped us to decide what we wanted. Because Epho’s price was competitive and they had a great track record in our region, we felt comfortable choosing Epho. The installation was done flawlessly and very quickly, […]

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Feb, 2015

Case Study: ATSA Defence Services Thornton NSW

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“We had been in contact with Epho for a while, based on a recommendation from the environmental organisation ‘Clean-As’. Epho’s proposal was clear and concise which made it easy for us to make the decision to go ahead with our commercial solar system. The economic benefits of the solar system delivered by a company of experts, like Epho, was clear cut. WHS is very important to ATSA and Epho provided all the necessary documentation prior to commencing and then an additional meeting on site on the day of installation demonstrated […]

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Feb, 2015

Epho welcomes new investors onboard

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Epho successfully secures additional international strategic investors to further expand its commercial solar power business across Australia (Sydney, Berlin, Jan 2015) Epho Pty Ltd, a leading developer of turn-key commercial solar power systems for businesses across Australia, has secured additional strategic investors, who will provide equity finance to fund the further growth of the company. The two investors are the companies Saferay and ib vogt, both with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. Saferay and ib vogt are major, highly successful global developers and EPC companies of utility-scale solar power plants. The […]

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Jan, 2015

Case Study: DB Schenker Alexandria

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In December 2014 a 100kW solar system was installed at DB Schenker Alexandria. This was the second project for DB Schenker and was a significant project in terms of the engineering required and complex materials handling  requirements – a crane being required for the panel lift. “As a company, we had already had excellent service from Epho, when they developed and delivered a commercial solar system at our warehouse facility near Brisbane Airport. Nevertheless, we went through a competitive process again for a commercial solar system on our Australian Head […]

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Jan, 2015

Case Study: Orange Council Works Depot

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You only need to fly over the cities and towns of Australia to see that many businesses are taking up the opportunities offered by commercial-scale solar photovoltaics. For many businesses with high electricity costs, the rapid return on investment in solar can make the decision to do the right thing for the environment a great decision for the bottom line. Orange City Council is proud to have invested in renewable energy over recent years and continues to look for ways to increase investment in renewable energy and transition from fossil […]

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Nov, 2014

Case Study: Octec Orange NSW

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“We investigated solar for two of our sites and decided to go ahead with solar on our main office in Orange. Several options were discussed, and we went with a 10kW system which should give us an excellent return on investment. The installation was seamless with minimal disruption to our business . I’d recommend Epho for someone looking for professional advice, who can provide accurate financial forecasting and then deliver excellent project execution. For a business, this ability to present realistic financial modelling is certainly a major factor in being […]

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Sep, 2014

Webinar replay: is solar power right for your business?

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In this webinar which was held by the NSW Business Chamber on 9th September 2014, Oliver Hartley covers why solar works well for businesses, some typical outcomes from an investment in solar power, and what to look for in a supplier. Get our guide here to see more  examples and a buyer checklist.        

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Sep, 2014

Derisking investment in commercial solar power

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All investments carry risks, and often that goes hand in hand with the rewards. With solar power, our goal is to analyse your situation, predict the savings and benefit from solar, install the system, and manage the ongoing performance of the system. In short, our goal is to maximise and stabilise your returns. We call this derisking. Derisking is a term used commonly in investments and venture capital. When investing in a business, it is the process of identifying and eliminating risks from all sources – internal and external – […]

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Aug, 2014

Bad modelling v good modelling for solar

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There’s two main functions we carry out day in, day out. One is installing solar. Before that, though, we talk to people about solar. A lot of people. Mostly the direction we like to head is to show people what solar will do for them. This is a financial projection that takes into account a range of factors. You can read about those here. This note is about the most common error we see in other people’s proposals. A good model reflects reality and helps people make good decisions. A […]

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Aug, 2014

Will solar power work if you’re a tenant?

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An ideal candidate for solar is someone with a nice big roof, who owns the property they work in, and is consuming a large amount of power. And they’re fed up with paying so much for power. Every now and then we talk to these people. More often, we talk to people who meet some of these criteria but not all. Sometimes solar will work for them and sometimes not. Part of the equation might be missing. A scenario that we hear often is that people are “just renting, so […]

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Aug, 2014

Case Study: North Sails Solar System in Mona Vale

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“I was recently approached by a solar company salesman who targeted our building being flat roofed via Google earth.  The salesman’s solar concept presentation made commercial and ecological sense to me so I asked for more information.  My enquiries were passed down the line and I was not comfortable with the advice. This prompted me to make my own enquiries which lead me to make contact with Epho where Dr Oliver Hartley satisfied all my questions with a professional presentation that include an accurate proposal leaving me confident with the forecasts […]

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Aug, 2014

Case Study: Lambie Street Preschool Cooma

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The Lambie Street Preschool in Cooma was put in touch with Epho after havnig applied for a special grant for solar, winning that grant, and then finding that the company that had given them the quote had gone out of business. So, new proposals were considered, and Epho provided a competitive price for the installation of a 10kW system on the premises. The installation took place over 2 business days, and has been running smoothly since. “We at Lambie Street Pre-school in Cooma chose Epho as the supplier for our […]

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Aug, 2014

Choosing the right size solar system

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Choosing the right size system is a balancing act between three factors. There are many factors, but we think that they will fit into one of these three. Roof size Self explanatory hopefully… eventually you will run out of roof space. If the roof is at an angle of seven degrees or more, the panels can be installed ‘flat on roof’ and you will probably get about 1kW per 8m2. If the panels are on tilts, the space requirement will go to about 15 m2 per kW. You’ll also need […]

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Jul, 2014

“Pay as you use” solar – Epho now able to offer PPA for commercial solar (Power Purchasing Agreements)

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On 29th July 2014 Epho received confirmation that it has the appropriate exemption to offer a PPA. This opens up a new avenue for those interested in installing solar power without any upfront cost. The AER is the body that regulates the sale of electricity. This clarifies what a PPA is. In essence, for someone to sell electricity, they need to have 1. A full retail licence, or 2. An exemption from that licence. (This is what Epho now has). What does this mean? It means you can have a solar system installed […]

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Jul, 2014

Case Study: Trunkey Bacon and Pork Orange NSW

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In June 2014 a 17.5kWp solar system was installed at the new shop for Trunkey Bacon and Pork in Orange. Client testimonial “When Epho explained to us the financial benefits of commercial solar power in addition to the environmental benefits, it became clear to us that we wanted to save money by using solar energy. From day one, we trusted the Epho team to deliver a reliable and well performing solar system. It also helped that Epho was a preferred supplier with Macquarie Bank our funder for the solar system. […]

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Jul, 2014

Why your power bill matters when we discuss a Solar Business Case

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There is huge variability in power prices, and we’ll explain why this matters so much. Video – will solar power work for your business? An example of a 50kW system Often when we talk to people about solar they say “sure, send me a quote” or “how much is a 50kW system?”.  We understand why people ask – they want to have a feel for their investment level and to compare one supplier against another. However, there’s a bigger question. What will a 50kW, or a 100kW  – or any […]

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Jul, 2014

The RET Review – what does it mean for solar customers?

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    Update 23rd September 2014:  The RET Review was delivered around 4 weeks ago now, and the industry has been expecting a response “any day now” which could be a game changer. It seems that the desire to cancel or limit the scheme has run into a high level of resistance with political opposition, bolstered by public support for solar. So, the outcome is even more uncertain. There are now TV campaigns and media campaigns to help the cause, and rallies due to kick off around the country.  ___ […]

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Jul, 2014

The case for commercial solar power

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Solar power can have an excellent financial return… or an awful financial return. The result is predictable, and in order to find out, we need to look at two main factors – the rate you pay for power and your pattern of consumption. From that (and quite a few other details that go into our financial model) we can predict what solar will do for you. Oliver Hartley provides an overview of the business case for commercial solar power. Diagnosing your power bill to work out your returns from solar […]

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Jun, 2014

The role of storage for PV systems

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Storage is a hot topic at the moment. It’s the new black, the new toy. The solar we see on rooftops, and 99% of all the solar in Australia is grid connect and has no storage functionality. Electricity is an instantaneous thing – use it or it’s gone. There are two main implications of this – firstly, you still buy power from the grid when solar electricity isn’t generated, or not enough (so you are still dependent on an electricity retailer) and secondly, because you’re generally not  paid well (or at all) for power that […]

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Jun, 2014

Case Study: DB Schenker Brisbane

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In May 2014 Epho installed a 51.75kWp system on the warehouse roof of DB Schenker in Brisbane. This was built by TradeCoast, a large development company. “When we built DB Schenker’s new warehouse at Eagle Farm, we needed a turn-key solar system provider that fitted seamlessly into the overall construction project. We had highest expectations in terms of WHS, project management and reliability. We are very glad that we had chosen Epho, because they certainly lived up to our expectations. The solar system was commissioned on time and on budget, without […]

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Mar, 2014

Video Webinar Replay: Practical guide to paying less for your energy

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A recent webinar by David West from Energetics hosted by the NSW Business Chamber (25th March 2014) covered in some detail how to negotiate a better power rate for yourself. It explains the difference between large sites and small sites (based on overall consumption) and how each is charged. This has a direct relevance for solar and it is a starting point for understanding how solar power will assist your business.      

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Mar, 2014

No pitching

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The State of Missouri in the USA is called the “Show Me” state. In 1899, Congressman Willaard Vandiver said  “Frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I’m from Missouri, and you have got to show me.” It stuck, and that has been their unofficial motto ever since. In that spirit, we want to SHOW you what solar will do for you, not just tell  you how amazing it is in general terms. So… you won’t hear us pitching solar. This may seem like a strange statement from a solar company […]

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Mar, 2014

Spot the difference: The difference between a commercial solar specialist and a generalist.

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90% of the solar market in Australia has been residential, and there are a large number of companies established to support that industry. As a result, these companies also wish to ‘step up’ and install larger systems in the 20-100 kW area. But being good at installing residential solar demands a different

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