The Many Advantages of Solar Energy for Business

    What it takes to be a smart business
    A smart business is one that embraces the following three principles:

    Principle 1: Is efficient in managing cost savings

    Principle 2: Constantly considers the future and drives innovation

    Principle 3: Builds long-term loyalty in customer and employee relationships

     

    Principle 1: Is efficient in managing cost savings

    The costs of traditional power usage is going up, with no end in sight. In late 2017, it was reported that electricity costs had risen to the second highest level they’ve been in 13 years. Some businesses are spending a substantial amount per month on power - but solar can help.

    Solar can reduce your power bills and increase your cash flow

    Solar enables huge savings on utility costs and provides power to essential business functions, from running computer servers, and large electronics, through to lighting, refrigeration and heating.

    With the right solar system, businesses can shift what they would once spend on energy bills into other areas of the business that need it most. Solar power fixes power costs for 20-25 years at a low, very slowly-appreciating rate. The more you pay per kilowatt of energy now, the more you can expect a cash-neutral result with solar.

    With leasing and finance options you could even be immediately cash-positive.

    Want to save money and future-proof your business?

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    Principle 2: Constantly considers the future and drives innovation

    To be forward thinking and innovative, companies need to be committed to developing their business with unique practices. Structuring your business with sustainable practices is one way to do this. 

    Switching to solar also allows you to lead the charge in your business community towards a greener New Zealand - initiatives that aren’t just good for your business, but the environment as well. Solar is a renewable energy which contributes to a lower carbon footprint, as well as less water pollution and waste from the by-products of fossil fuel consumption.

    Future-proofing your business with solar

    Solar panel systems can last 25 years or more, with minimal maintenance required, helping improve your ongoing operating costs. And with the increased capital that solar makes available, you’ll be freer to make new investments and focus on business growth.

    Check out these average savings costs
    for different business sizes:

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    Small commercial buildings:

    (such as dairies, retail stores, mechanics)

    • The total savings on your electricity bill over 25 years = $195,949.
    • Based on a daily usage of about 250kWh, it would take 5.33 years to pay off.*
    • The net present value = $43,336.
    • The annual internal rate of return = 19%.

      

    *Based on 25c per/kw unit and 4.8kw daylight hours

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    Medium commercial buildings:

    (such as offices, health clinics, and restaurants)

    • The total savings on your electricity bill over 25 years = $326,582.
    • With an average daily power consumption of 450kWh, it will take 5.11 years to pay off.*
    • The net present value = $74,693
    • The annual internal rate of return = 20%
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    Large commercial buildings:

    (such as hospitals, factories and corporate headquarters)

    • The total savings on your electricity bill over 25 years = $391,898.
    • With an average daily consumption of 600kWh, the solar system would take 5.08 years to pay off.*
    • The net present value = $90,071
    • The annual internal rate of return = 20%

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    See how much your business can save.

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    Principle 3: Builds long-term loyalty in customer and employee relationships

    Forward thinking companies aren’t just thinking about their bottom line, they’re also aware of cultivating a healthy brand perception.  Customer loyalty and employee engagement can only increase if the perception of your brand is positive.

    These days, a clean, green image plays a big part in nurturing that perception.

    Increase customer loyalty by
    promoting an eco-friendly philosophy

    Consumers enjoy dealing with brands they trust - businesses whose values are in line with their own. As more and more Kiwis invest in renewable energy and sustainable practices, eco-friendly brands will gain an edge.

    Using solar energy is a powerful way to attract those customers and distinguish your business from those less innovative.

    Renewables are the wave of the future:
    Getting ahead of the curve now can help position your brand as an eco-savvy market leader.

     

    Want to save money and future-proof your business?

    Try our solar savings calculator

    Improve employee engagement and pride with solar

    According to the 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey, 25% of millennial workers would quit their jobs within one year, and only 16% expect to stay with their employers within a decade. Businesses that are socially and environmentally conscious are more likely to draw and retain more savvy, socially-aware workers

    Running your company on solar could make all the difference. You’ll be seen as a modern and innovative business, helping you lift your brand perception and attract the best talent.

    Solar installation: The process of future proofing a commercial building

    Even if you don’t own your building, you can still often make solar work. You may have one or more of these options at your disposal:

    • Negotiating with your building’s owner to buy the solar system from you.

    • Transferring lease repayments to the next tenant.

    • Taking the solar system with you when you leave.

    • Bringing your whole building together to go green.

    The process of installing solar power for businesses is simple. Here’s the usual process:

     

    Step 1. The initial consultation:

    On an initial consult, the consultant will learn how your business runs and help determine a satisfactory ROI from solar.

    Step 2. Asses your energy requirements:

    The solar company will then review your power bills from the past 12 months to assess your energy demand patterns throughout the year, so they can design your system to yield the best power savings.

    Note: If you’re efficient with power usage, you could end up earning credits by sending extra energy to the grid.

    Step 3. Contract and network approvals:

    Once you sign off on the contract, network approvals come next — the solar company should handle the process on your behalf.

    Step 4: Fitting your system:

    Then comes the installation of your system. Your company should create a schedule of the end to end process which will help your business be prepared and continue to operate as per normal.

     

    In just a few short months, your business can become a shining example of energy efficiency.

    In conclusion...
    A business that runs on the sun is a business ready for New Zealand’s future

    Solar power is more than just a way to give your bottom line a huge boost. It can provide a serious competitive edge in terms of potential consumers and job seekers. And it makes you a leader in clean energy while unshackling your business from reliance on costly, dwindling fossil fuels.

    To learn how well your company is likely to perform with solar energy, ask about our performance guarantee. Take the first step today towards realising your company’s potential as a solar-smart New Zealand enterprise.

    Why solar? It just makes sense

    • Save money from day one
    • Help meet your environment and sustainability goals
    • Smart finance and leasing options to suit your cash flow and balance sheet
    • Expert service from experienced consultants and installers
    • Free on-site assessment*
    • New Zealand-based team for 24/7 support
    • 25-year warranty for power production
    *For more remote areas, we can advise you when we’ll be in your region or quote over the phone to get things started.

    Smart dashboards to help you make the most of solar energy

    As well as helping your business capture energy from the sun, we’ll set you up with smart tools to make the best use of it.

    Simply login to our easy-to-use portal to see how much energy your solar panels are generating. You’ll also get an indication of the money your solar system has saved you. The World Solar portal is cloud-based so you can check energy production and usage at all your sites, any time you like.

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