Making the change to solar energy is one way many small businesses have been able to reduce their running costs. It’s never been easier for both urban and rural businesses to harness the power of the sun and bring down their power bills while reducing greenhouse emissions.
In September 2020, the Yackandandah Post Office installed a 9.8 kilowatt solar PV system. Initially, Chris, the post office owner, soon found that the savings were much higher than he had anticipated.
According to Chris, in the winter months prior to putting on the solar he was paying between $500 and $600 a month. However, once the solar was switched on that cost not only drastically decreased, but by the time he reached October the system was generating more power back into the grid.
Read more about how Chris invested in solar and other green technologies to reduce his running costs, here.
No matter where your business is located you can still access the sun. Jon McAllister and his wife Kate, who run a dry land dairy farm in northeast Victoria, installed solar for their business in February 2020. Since then, they have reduced their power bills by just under half. You can read more about Jon and Kate’s solar journey, here.
In Melbourne, a coffee roastery and indoor plant nursery in Coburg called Selvatica has seen a massive drop in overhead costs since they made the switch to solar in February 2019. You can find out more about how going solar has had a positive impact on their bottom line, here.
To encourage small businesses to take advantage of solar energy, the Victorian Government launched the Solar for Business program in May of this year. The program offers a rebate covering half the cost, up to $3,500, towards the installation of a solar (PV) system for businesses with up to 20 employees.
Since its launch, around 500 solar (PV) systems have been installed through the program.
To learn more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the Solar Victoria website.