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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

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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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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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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