Leasing your business premises
Leasing your business premises? Solar could still be an option
If you’ve weighed up the costs and benefits of solar for your business, the one factor which might prevent you from taking the next step is the fact that you lease, not own, your business premises. Commercial solar is still an option if you’re leasing your business premises. Here’s how it might work for you.
Do your homework
Having a conversation with your landlord could be the first step towards installing solar panels at your business premises. Depending on your situation and your relationship with your landlord, it could help if you’re prepared with the information you might need before you approach them about a commercial solar installation.
Your business would probably pay for your solar system, with your landlord’s permission to have it installed. This means you would need to get a quote and explore how you could pay for your solar panels, along with any tax or business deductions you might be eligible to claim.
You would also need to consider the length of your lease and plan for what would happen when your lease ends or if you decided to move your business to another building.
Speak with your landlordYour landlord might be happy to approve your solar power plans – or they might have some concerns to address. Some landlords are concerned that having a solar system installed could cause damage to the roof of the building they own. If your landlord is concerned about roof damage from solar panels, it may be important to choose a solar supplier you can trust. You need to know how your solar supplier manages the process before, during and after installation.
Learn about your supplier’s solar installation process
Every supplier will have a different level of experience with commercial solar installation. Here’s a quick guide to how our Synergy SolarReturn team works to keep both you and your landlord informed throughout the solar installation process:
- During the quote and acceptance process – Our team prepares a structural integrity report to examine wind uplift and the load-bearing capacity of your roof. We can provide you and your landlord with a roof dilapidation report, along with photos taken before installation to show the roof’s condition before installation.
- Before installation – We can supply you and your landlord with an installation and roof access plan and will make sure that your local council approves the installation before anything goes ahead.
- On installation day – Our qualified and fully-trained installation crew will take care to walk only where necessary on the roof. They will make only the necessary perforations to the roof, which will allow them to connect the DC Cable to your inverter. This perforation is sealed with a Dektite to make sure your roof does not leak. Existing screw lines are used to install the racking system.
- After installation – Our crew take extra care to make sure that any off-cuts and rubbish are removed from your roof and under your solar panels to prevent future rusting. We’ll provide a post-installation roof report, documenting the new perforations in your roof for you and your landlord.
Safety is a priority and we take every precaution to avoid anything which could cause leaks in the roof of your premises. If any leaks do occur as the result of our team’s solar installation and you let us know right away, we will fix the leak or damage caused, in line with the details of your contract with us. Our installation guarantee covers you for a period of five years from your installation date – and your solar panels and inverter will be covered by manufacturer warranties.
Find out more
Solar can be a great energy solution for many businesses. Getting the best solar solution for your business and for your landlord may depend on the experience and expertise of the supplier you choose.
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