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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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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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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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Sep, 2014

Get the Guide to Commercial Solar Power

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Please fill in the form to get the guide. The guide is high quality information covering a range of important information to help you choose if solar is right for your business, what it will do for you, what it will cost, and how to choose a supplier. Please enter your details and you’ll be emailed a link to our Guide to Commercial Solar Power which includes financial examples, checklists, and everything you need to help decide if solar power will work for you. Contents for the Guide to Commercial […]

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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

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

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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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

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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Feb, 2014

(Video) The performance of commercial solar power – an example using a 50kW system

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This video covers the cost of a system and how the benefit is calculated based on an example power rate of 22c per kWh. For a specific analysis and “Solar Business Case” for your business please contact us and we can demonstrate what solar will do for you.

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