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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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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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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

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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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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Jan, 2014

The Solar Business Case – the essence of what commercial solar power will do for you

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The Solar Business Case (SBC) is a customised document that outlines the financial proposition of solar for your business. It is, in essence, an overview of how solar power works and a detailed financial model based on a range of factors we take into account to make a financial proposition as “real life” as possible.

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Dec, 2013

Accuracy of financial modelling for commercial solar power

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At the heart of any proposal for solar is a prediction about what solar will do for you – both in terms of electricity production and converting that into dollars. To do these, we use a mixture of facts, some assumptions, a few predictions

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