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Attention all businesses in NSW! There are upcoming changes in the pipeline to the Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) which will affect the subsidy you will receive following an LED lighting upgrade. These changes will significantly decrease the ESS subsidy you will receive for certain industry types, meaning the cost of the upgrade will be more and your payback period will be longer.

Does it affect my business?

NSW-based businesses currently receive an ESS subsidy of between 30 to 50% of the price of an LED lighting upgrade. Changes relating to the Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Formula will be recalculated later this year and have the following effect on the subsidy you will receive:

Office – 26% ESS reduction Retail – 26% ESS reduction
  • All retail spaces
  • Hospitality venues
Other – 27% ESS reduction
  • Schools
  • Storage/warehousing
  • Healthcare
  • Emergency lighting – affects all industries

To put this into context, a business that runs a storage warehouse looking to upgrade today may receive a subsidy of $50,000 towards a $100,000 job. Following the recalculations, they will miss out on a discount of $13,500 which will need to be capitalised by the business itself. The changes are significant!

How can you avoid these reductions?

The new rules come into effect from 1 November 2018. However, to ensure you get today’s higher subsidy, your installation needs to have been completed and the necessary paperwork submitted before this date. It is therefore imperative that you commit to an LED lighting upgrade with Shine On before the end of August and the recalculations will not affect you.

Don’t delay, contact us now to ensure you don’t miss these savings:
  • If you have already received a quote: Contact the Business Development Manager on the front page of your proposal or call 1300 013 648 to schedule your upgrade. See here for the contact details of our sales team.
  • If you haven’t already received a quote: Call us on 1300 013 648 or contact us here and we will arrange an obligation-free lighting assessment of your site within two business days.

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We are often asked the question: ‘how does solar work?’ – how can the light from the sun run the electrical equipment in your home and business? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t simple and we’ll have to use some technical jargon to explain the process. After reading this blog you will hopefully understand how a system works and maybe even look to install solar on your roof.

How does solar work? – the technology

There are two major components involved in a solar system: solar panels and inverters. Both are critical in making a solar system work and every quote from a solar supplier will include a number of both, depending on the size of the system.

Solar panels

Solar panels are used to generate electricity. They are made up of a set of solar cells (more about them below) that are electronically connected and mounted on the supporting panel structure.

A solar cell is an electrical device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity using something called the photovoltaic (PV) effect. It is a form of photoelectric cell which, when exposed to light, can generate and support an electric current without being attached to any external voltage. To put it in simpler terms:

  • Sunlight is made up of tiny packets of energy called photons.
  • PV cells are made up of atoms (protons, neutrons and electrons).
  • Photons hit PV panels and release electrons.
  • The movement of electrons is electricity.
Inverters

Inverters are the critical component of a photovoltaic system allowing the use of ordinary commercial appliances. It does this by converting the variable direct current output of a PV solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a business or household.

A solar inverter is an integral part of a system. You can have the best solar panels available, but if your solar inverter is of poor quality, overall system performance can be greatly reduced.

So that in a nutshell is how solar works. Give us a call on 1300 013 648 or send us an and we can start your future towards a greener future.

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