Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

We're Spoilt for Choice on Solar

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

We're Spoilt for Choice on Solar

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Byline: Michael Lockman Committee member

SOLAR power has been around for a long long time. In fact, the first solar cell was invented in the 1880s.

But technology has only recently caught up to make smaller scale installations viable. The first commercial concentrated solar power plants were developed in the 1980s in the Mojave Desert in California, but Australia didn't get its first commercial-scale PV power plant until 2011. This one megawatt capacity grid-connected solar photovoltaic system is located five kilometres south of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. In the two years between 2009 and 2011, the amount of installed PV capacity in Australia increased tenfold and this figure is set to soar in the coming years.

Chances are that you have considered installing solar in your business at some stage over the last decade, and it's more likely than not that's about as far as you got. But don't worry, you're not alone, making the investment in solar can be a very daunting and expensive exercise.

But wait - is it really expensive?

If you look at the cost of solar panels against the life expectancy of them and the return on investment (ROI), particularly on a commercial property that uses a large portion of electricity in the day time, you will find that it's far more expensive to not install solar.

So why do we hold off on making that final step? Many people I speak with on the topic don't take that final step because they don't know who to trust to get advice from and don't know which company to choose for the installation, so the subject gets put into the "too hard basket".

We're very spoilt for choice on the Coffs Coast, and the solar power industry is becoming such a competitive one that all suppliers need to provide a good product at a great price or they won't survive. …

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