How IT WORKS
If you're looking into installing solar and energy storage, then you're on the right track! You're taking a big step forward, future-proofing your investment by making use of abundant renewable energy - saving you money and protecting our environment.
It’s important to know what goes into installing your solar system so you can make a more informed decision about proceeding, and explore all the options available to you.
Below is a step-by-step outline of our process and how we can make solar & energy storage work for you!
Assessment of your needs
Our first task is to find out what you need to get the best bang for your buck!
Generally, we'll take 12 months of power bills from you, or access your consumption data from your electricity retailer, and put this into our model to accurately size your system.
We'll also arrange an assessment of your site to determine the best placement for a solar array - and whether or not to roof mount (checking things like roofing structure and direction) or ground mount your panels.
From here, we will provide you with an approximate quote for the entire system.
Next up, we'll tackle any regulatory or compliance work that is required for you to file; such as council consent, or lines company approval - to ensure you're good to go for a new connection to the power grid.
We'll also look at the financials for your system. Depending on the system, we can offer $0 down or Guarantee your ROI - have a look below for more on your finance options.
SYSTEM DESIGN & Equipment
INSTALLATION & COMMISSIONING
From here comes the exciting part;
After finalising the placement and design of the system, our installers will get to work!
For ground mounted systems, we will put posts in the ground and then attach the rails and start hanging panels. Any trenching for cabling will be taken care of, as well as fencing off the solar array if required.
For roof mounted system, racking will be attached to your roof and panels will be installed onto this.
Then the inverter system will be connected back to the switchboard, and batteries will be integrated too.
After a final record of inspection from your local electrical inspector and lines company, and meter installation, your solar array will go live - so you can start producing and storing your solar energy!
Once we've got a good idea of the size and placement of your system, we can firm up all the equipment for the install. You'll receive information about the 3 main components;
o Solar Panels - Size of Array and Wattage.
o Charging equipment - inverters, controllers and communications.
o Batteries - Capacitor modules and capacity
We'll also factor in the new meter for the grid, which allows monitoring of any excess energy
that gets exported back to the grid.
MONITORING & MAINTENANCE
All of our systems come with an online monitoring portal, so you can see real time data whenever you want, tracking things like solar generation, consumption, and battery usage - we can even make tweaks remotely, to optimise the performance of your system!
In terms of maintenance, there isn't much - as solar panels have no moving parts. The easiest way to ensure the best output is to keep your panels clean! Check them a few times a year -A simple hose down and brush should do the trick, to remove any dust or bird droppings.
Now you've got an idea of how it all works, you can begin the journey into your own system. We'd love to hear from you, so get in touch today to see how we can make solar and energy storage work for your business!
Platinum Energy offers flexible commercial solar payment plans from $0 down with a guaranteed ROI - we can allow you to invest in solar and energy storage for your business without the upfront capital outlay.
We've partnered with Energy Ease - the industry leader in energy efficiency finance, who have helped fund over 5,000 projects across NZ and Australia.
There are 2 options available to you for financing;
o Equipment Rental - where Energy Ease retains ownership of the asset during the rental term, and you make fixed monthly payments - this is typically a fully tax deductible operating expense. Once the term is up, you gain ownership of the system.
o Equipment Loan - You borrow to fund the asset but take ownership from day 1, and can claim interest and depreciation expense on the asset.
With a payment plan, once the equipment is installed, your energy bills will be lower. In many cases, electricity bill savings are greater than the monthly payments. So you are likely to be cash-flow positive from the outset* - this is how we can give you a system for $0 down and guarantee you will generate a return on your investment.
1. Apply & get approved
Platinum prepares your payment plan application online. If your purchase is under $150k, you could even get instant approval with no financials!
2. System installation
Your system is designed and installed.
3. Supplier payment
Energy Ease pays Platinum in full once you confirm that your solar & energy storage equipment has been provided.
4. Your monthly payments start
You start paying for your equipment with affordable monthly payments, with the idea being that the energy cost savings will offset the monthly payment amount - so you can get positive returns from day 1.
Get in touch with us today, or visit www.energyease.co.nz for more information on this.