WHY GO SOLAR
- There are two basic premises that our commercial clients install Solar Water Heating.
- Great ROI – Solar water heating has a great return on investment with typically returns of 30-50%.
- The Green tick – There are many intrinsic benefits of going solar, enviro ratings in the hospitality industry, green credentials for customer expectations or being good corporate citizens.
- Solar Water Heating for commercial properties makes sense where there is a reasonably high water usage. Examples of this are Motels, Youth hostels, Retirement Villages, Dairyfarms, Processing Plants, Vineyards, Hairdressers, Swimming pools, prisons, hospitals and other workplaces where employees have a showering facility.
Solar makes sense for commercial even more so than residential as the cost of the installations are generally spread over a larger installation and therefore the return on power produced for the capital spent is much better. Depreciation rates are also high on solar meaning that the product can be written off quickly with the associated tax benefits.
An example of leveraging Solar was an install on a motor lodge in Christchurch. By adding Solar they managed to increase their star rating from 4½ stars to 5 stars as Energy Efficiency is a portion of the star rating system. Not only is the motor lodge saving around $1,000 per month on their power bill, they have also been able to increase their occupancy and room rates due to the increased energy star rating.
SOLAR WATER HEATING VS SOLAR ELECTRICITY
At Sunshine Solar we supply and install both Solar Water Heating and Solar Electricity and therefore can advise if either system is right for your business.
The key differences are:
STEP 1 Solar Water Heating is much more efficient converting around 85% of the UV radiation to energy (heat), whereas the best solar electricity systems convert around 16% to electricity.
STEP 2 Solar Water Heaters do not send power back to the Grid, In a solar water heating system the Hot Water Cylinder is your energy storage (battery) and therefore the reduced return rates from power companies do not apply.
STEP 3 Solar Water heaters only provide heat whereas Solar Power can supply power for your hot water cylinder (less efficiently) but also power for other appliances.
If you would like to investigate Solar Power options please call us directly or look at our Solar Electricity website www.sunshinesolarpv.co.nz where we are proud to offer the latest in Solar Electricity systems.
HOW EASY IS IT TO GO SOLAR?
Solar is a relatively seemless addition to an existing hot water system. Our most common method of commercial and industrial intergration is by adding a solar preheat system to whatever is currently onsite.
By using a preheat system your hot water system will work the same as before you have had solar except that you will have extra storage and much lower costs. The main benefits of solar our clients have seen from an operation point of view are: Significantly lower operational costs, Not having to change gas bottles or kicking the gas man off site, not running out of hot water, and an increased awareness of energy efficiency in the workplace.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST AND WHATS THE RETURN LIKE?
Commercial Solar systems are designed and priced based on the job at hand. These can be from Massive pool systems to one off small hot water cylinder jobs. We can very quickly give ballpark figures on design, costs and returns of solar systems. Please call us for an on-site assessment to be able to give you an accurate estimate.