With over 1,000,000 homes around Australia now having solar power systems, it is interesting to note that businesses in Adelaide have been relatively low in solar panel uptake. This is surprising in that solar can be very beneficial for some businesses in that, at least for the majority of businesses, their energy usage is generally daytime usage as opposed to some households (probably the majority) where maximum electricity usage is at night – when the solar systems do not produce power.
There is a careful ‘balancing act’ required for many businesses when assessing their suitability for solar. Many businesses need to assess issues like
- potential power rises
- their current rate they pay for electricity
- payback period
- Government incentives
- correct solar system sizing (obviously important where there is no feed in tariff payable). Getting the optimum sized solar system for the electricity consumed by the business.