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Jul, 2018

Epho’s Brisbane Airport Solar Featured in the Courier Mail

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Epho’s massive solar installation at Brisbane Airport has been highlighted in an article on the front page of Brisbane’s Courier Mail. Solar panels are being installed at multiple sites across the airport, amongst them the largest commercial solar rooftops in Australia and the southern hemisphere. Air travellers arriving at Brisbane are likely to observe the large solar arrays on the roofs of the car parks, international and domestic terminals, Customs and Skygate. A ground-mount system is also being constructed. The complex project is being delivered by Epho Commercial Solar Energy, […]

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Apr, 2018

Construction Underway of Massive Solar Installation at Brisbane Airport – MEDIA RELEASE

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Construction is underway on a ground-breaking project, which will see Brisbane Airport have the largest rooftop solar panel installation at an Australian airport and the largest commercial rooftop solar system in the Southern Hemisphere. The 6MW system, consisting of about 22,000 panels spanning an area of 36,000 square metres or more than twice the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), is being installed across six sites at Brisbane Airport (BAC). The project is being delivered by Epho Commercial Solar Energy, an Australian commercial solar company specialising in serving Australian […]

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Apr, 2018

Laverton Cold Storage Cools from the Sun

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A 10,000-pallet temperature-controlled warehouse is benefiting from a new 450kW solar system, recently completed by Epho Commercial Solar. Commissioned in March 2018, the solar system is installed on Charter Hall’s facility at Truganina, Victoria, operated by Laverton Cold Storage. Laverton Cold Storage, a family-owned business established in 1975, specialises in large-scale refrigerated storage and cold storage distribution for food manufacturers and importers and exporters. Epho Commercial Solar provided a full turnkey service including design, engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning. The system consists of 1476 high-efficiency solar panels and eight inverters. […]

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Apr, 2018

605kW Large Scale Solar at New Toyota Parts Distribution Centre

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Epho Commercial Solar has recently completed a 605kW solar installation at the new Toyota Parts Distribution Centre in Western Sydney. Epho Commercial Solar managed the end-to-end design, engineering, procurement and construction of the solar system, which was completed in March 2018. The 36,000 square metre facility is located at Goodman’s Oakdale Industrial Estate in Eastern Creek, NSW. Epho’s Senior Project Manager, Axel La Toison explained the unique challenges of building the solar system: “The solar system was built within 4 weeks, in the midst of a live construction site that […]

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Epho Commercial Solar Energy features in Ecogeneration

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ONE MEGAWATT IN SIX WEEKS FOR FOOTBALL FIELD-SIZED SOLUTION Read the article about ALDI’s commitment to solar as part of a broader strategy of becoming carbon neutral here ecogen_feb_2018_ALDI_DC     WHICH BANK HAS HALVED ITS EMISSIONS? Read about Commonwealth Bank’s achievement of halving emissions since 2009 – an achievement that has incorporated commercial solar systems from Epho, here ecogen_feb_2018_cba  

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Mar, 2018

Epho features heavily in the latest ecogeneration magazine

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Two of Epho Commercial Solar Energy’s corporate clients have been featured in the latest ecogeneration magazine. The first article details ALDI’s ‘huge solar system’ on their Queensland DC as part of their broader corporate commitment to clean energy. The second article details Comm Bank’s achievement of halving their carbon emissions, compared to 2009 levels, utilising an array of solutions including solar provided by Epho. READ MORE – [http://epho.com.au/Epho_Commercial_Solar_Energy_features_in_Ecogeneration]    

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Oct, 2017

1 MW Rooftop Solar System installed at Aldi Distribution Centre, Brendale

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EPHO BUILDS ALDI AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST ROOFTOP SOLAR SYSTEM IN QLD 20/9/17 – ALDI has installed a close to 1 megawatt (MW) rooftop solar system at its Distribution Centre in Brendale, QLD. This is the largest solar system installed by ALDI Australia and is sufficient to cover ALDI’s daytime power requirements on a sunny day. It’s also one of the largest solar systems on a single roof by anyone across Australia. This significant investment in solar builds upon a successful commercial solar pilot program carried out by Epho Pty Ltd for […]

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Feb, 2017

100kW Large-Scale Solar Power Station for DHL / Goodman, Horsley Park

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Epho Commercial Solar has recently completed a 100.35 kW Large-Scale Solar Power Station at a major logistics facility in Western Sydney for global transport giant DHL to contribute to enhanced business efficiencies and long-term corporate sustainability objectives. With about 480,000 employees in more than 220 countries, DHL’s focus on environmental protection includes a broad range of carbon efficiency measures at its buildings and facilities under its international GoGreen program. The new solar system was installed in January 2017 at the Oakdale Industrial Estate in Eastern Creek, NSW. The estate is […]

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Nov, 2016

100kW Solar System for Northbridge Plaza Shopping Centre

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As part of AMP Capital’s commitment to improving the lives of their customers and communities and also our environment, the use of solar power was seen as a logical step. For the trial of solar power at AMP Capital’s Shopping Centres, Northbridge Plaza was chosen.  AMP Capital required a solar company that had the experience and expertise of working at and around busy commercial places.  Through a thorough tender process, Epho came out on top, based on our professionalism, excellent track-record and focus on WHS.  The installation of the 100 […]

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Nov, 2016

22.3 kWp System for Kaffeina Group, Coburg North

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The Kaffeina Group is a wholly owned Australian Company that imports the finest quality Italian coffees for home, office and cafes. Kaffeina recently engaged Epho Pty Ltd to quote, design, install and commission a 22.3 kWp PV solar power system to help save them money on their electricity bills. The system consists of 84 x Hanwha Q-Cells G.PRO G4.1 solar modules, 1 x ABB TRIO-20.0-TL-OUTD solar inverter and German engineered and manufactured mounting structure from Schletter. The whole system is then monitored by Epho’s engineers via a Meteocontrol monitoring system. […]

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Nov, 2016

100kW System for Bupa Aged Care in Rangeville QLD

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Epho is proud to have been chosen as commercial solar partner by Bupa Aged Care to install a 100 kW solar system on their new facility in Rangeville, QLD.  Epho was selected on the basis of our excellent track record with other large corporate clients such as Commonwealth Bank, ALDI Australia and AMP Capital.  Epho was engaged to design, install and commission the solar system.  The project was executed in a well regarded professional Epho manner.  Staff and residents of the aged care facility were impressed with the way Epho conducted […]

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Jun, 2016

100 kW solar system for Frasers Property in Melbourne

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Frasers Property adds solar PV power systems on their buildings to assist their tenants in reducing the electricity consumed from the grid. Because Frasers Property are the long-term owners of the buildings, they require a professional and reliable commercial solar company, to design, install, commission and maintain the solar systems on our buildings – a partner company who they can trust. Epho was selected through a competitive process, based on their extensive experience and competitive pricing. We could leverage our broad experience in project management to deliver the system with […]

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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

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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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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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

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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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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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 role of the Clean Energy Council (CEC)

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The CEC is the peak body representing Australia’s clean energy sector including solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, solar hot water, marine  energy and hydro. It is an industry association made up of more than 550 member companies operating in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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Jan, 2014

Solar net metering explained (video)

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Solar Power in Australia has changed a bit over the last few years and while many states have had a variety of feed in tariffs, what we have almost universally now is a net feed in tariff, which is being demonstrated in this video.   The essence of a net feed in tariff is the relationship between your usage, and your solar production.

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