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Commercial solar is an expanding line of business, with a growing number of companies offering solar solutions across Perth and WA. It's therefore important to choose a solar supplier who can give you the products, service and reliability you need for your business.

If you’re considering investing in a commercial solar system, here are some tips to help you choose a supplier.

Find a supplier you can trust 

The cost of your commercial system can be a major factor in making your decision but it’s important to also consider the value of a supplier’s experience and reputation. It may be worth looking for recommendations, reviews or examples of their work before you commit. 

A reliable solar supplier may not sell you the biggest or best . They’ll recommend the solution that is the right fit for your business.

An honest assessment for State Swim

State Swim, responsible for teaching 15,000 WA students to swim every week, found it was essential to work with the right solar supplier. With the cost of heated pools and other increasing electricity demands, the State Swim management were team determined to find a way to reduce their energy costs.

Our SolarReturn team initially provided a commercial solar quote for their six sites across Perth. When our team discovered two of the sites didn’t have the capacity to take the weight of the solar panels, they advised against installing solar on those particular sites. The team’s open communication was appreciated by State Swim, as Ben Robertson, Chief Operating Officer, noted.

“We already had a really good relationship with Synergy and after they advised that two of our centers would be unsuitable, it just reconfirmed the relationship we have and that we’d made the right to decision to go with them,” he said.

Take a long-term view

When you’re investing in solar, consider getting the most value for your money over the long term. 

Quality solar products will come with workmanship guarantees, performance warranties and manufacturer warranties. Some of these warranties and guarantees can extend between 5 years and 25 years – so you should consider choosing a solar supplier who is still likely to be in business across the years if any issues should arise.
Consider looking for quality service, a solid reputation and the kind of established solar company which will be in business not just in the short-term but for years to come. 

Weigh up the costs

While commercial solar has become more affordable as the technology progresses, watch out for any price that seems too good to be true.  

Always read the terms and conditions given to you with any quote very carefully. Sometimes delays can be expected with sourcing certain solar parts – but always check the fine print. You need to be certain that the solar system you’ve been quoted can’t be swapped out for cheaper solar panels later.

When you’re provided with a quote, make sure you check for any fees or extra costs that have not been included, as this could increase the cost later.

Look beyond the advertising 

Solar power can help to lower electricity bills for your business. Watch out for any supplier who promises “no more electricity bills” or an amount of “guaranteed savings” for your business. Here’s why:

  • Solar power is only generated when the sun is shining – not at night or in cloudy or rainy conditions when your business draws from the grid.
  • The usual network charges generally apply for any business connected to the network, with solar power or without.
  • Your business electricity bill will always depend on how much electricity you actually use, which is a factor that solar suppliers can’t control.

Some suppliers might also put you under pressure to sign up within a certain time to take advantage of any special deals, rebates or credit offers. Take your time and make sure you’re happy with your decision before you commit to a supplier. 

Make sure you understand exactly what you’ll be getting before you sign up for anything. Ask any questions that you have about the quality and performance of the products, guarantees and the installation process.  Ask your supplier about their after-sales service so you know what kind of support you can expect to receive if you need help once your system has been installed.

If your potential supplier is not happy to answer your questions, you might want to look for another supplier to help with your commercial solar needs. 

Solar is an investment in your business, so it’s worth looking for a supplier with the right energy expertise and experience.

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