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Ecovantage: Key considerations for a successful solar project

Commercial solar installations offer a multitude of benefits for health and aged care facilities, including cost savings, reduced Scope 2 emissions, and improved energy security. Navigating the process can be complex and ensuring success requires careful consideration of several key aspects, outlined below to help start your solar journey.

Make it fill your bill, not your roof

Energy use varies significantly across the health sector - an aged care facility will have a very different energy usage profile to a pathology lab. Consider what your current energy profile looks like now, and in the future. A quality solar partner, such as Ecovantage, will seek your approval to access your meter interval data to see when and how much energy you use - avoiding installing too much, or not enough solar. They should also discuss if you are likely to expand, or, if you could reduce your energy usage with upgrades to lighting, water heating or HVAC.

Roof size and orientation can significantly impact the potential output of your solar system. A smart solar partner will conduct a structural assessment, consider the pitch of your roof, potential shading, dust and debris buildup, and ensure a safe and solid installation.

Qualified, ongoing installers & contractors

Look for established companies, experienced in commercial solar installations, with a proven track record and history of customer satisfaction. Enquire about product and installation support, as well as what work they will back and for how long.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility and a key consideration to avoid personal injury or property damage. Ask about a safety management plan, external safety certification and their internal / external audit process.

Monitoring your system’s performance is vital for maximising energy production and identifying potential issues early. Look for a partner that will be around to support you and your solar system into the future.

Understand certificate rebates, grants & finance

There are significant changes to what certificate rebates are available for solar depending on where and how large the system is.

Understanding when to use state or federal based certificates such as STCs, LGCs or VEECs, as well as what government grants are available and how to apply for them, is key to ensuring your solar system is cost-effective and supports your financial and ESG targets. Choose a partner that understands how to choose, create and model these rebates into your ESG and revenue models.

Financing can significantly impact the feasibility of a solar project. Explore various options, including capital outlay, green loans, PPAs, Energy Upgrade Agreements, and asset finance. A reputable partner can demonstrate the strengths and benefits of each option.

Empowered by experts

Ecovantage is an Australian certified carbon-neutral organisation with 17 years of solar and energy efficiency expertise. With a team of over 70, including in-house engineers, they carefully manage each facility's needs and design systems that suit the budget, building and business. Having partnered with hospitals, labs, clinics and health care facilities, the team understands the nuances of health and aged care.

As Australia’s largest Accredited Certificate Provider, Ecovantage understands certificates and rebates better than anyone. Extensive experience working with governments and writing grantsmeans applications are made easy. Ecovantage offers a suite of energy efficient technologies to help you reduce energy usage, produce clean, green energy, and ultimately save money. Speak to our energy experts for a complimentary Energy Assessment to find out what solar and energy upgrades suit your organisation.

1300 721 335


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