Lo­cal busi­nesses slash­ing elec­tric­ity bills

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

“We have also pro­tected our­selves from fu­ture power price rises,” Rob Phillips “We have re­duced our power bills by more than 50 per­cent,” Michael Mc­gough

Lis­ter House Med­i­cal Clinic in Bail­lie Street, Horsham has pro­vided a glow­ing ex­am­ple of re­gional busi­nesses mak­ing the most of read­ily ac­ces­si­ble re­sources to re­duce power bills.

The clinic, op­er­at­ing for more than 80 years and pro­vid­ing GP and nurs­ing ser­vices seven days a week, is now tap­ping into op­por­tu­ni­ties after un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions and ex­ten­sions.

The clinic un­der­went re­de­vel­op­ment to al­low for de­liv­ery of the clinic’s wide range of med­i­cal ser­vices to im­prove pa­tient com­fort. A key part of the process was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the use of so­lar power to off­set ris­ing elec­tric­ity prices.

Elec­tric­ity has been a sig­nif­i­cant cost to the clinic, a rel­a­tively large premises, but it now has the ben­e­fits of a so­lar sys­tem.

Prac­tice Man­ager Rob Phillips said the clinic had called Wades So­lar in Horsham as part of an an­nual in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sav­ing money on its power bill.

“We had thought of so­lar but needed ex­pert ad­vice be­cause we were con­cerned with the up-front cost of in­stalling a so­lar sys­tem,” he said.

“Adrian Wade from Wades rec­om­mended a 20-kilo­watt sys­tem for our roof to not only help us cut costs but also be more ‘green’ – a no­tion im­por­tant to us at Lis­ter House.

“We chose not to buy the sys­tem up­front. In­stead, Wades was able to sup­ply and in­stall the sys­tem for us us­ing a Power Pur­chase Agree­ment. This al­lowed us to pre­serve our cap­i­tal be­cause there were no up-front costs and al­lowed us to be cash-flow pos­i­tive from day one.”

Mr Phillips said the de­ci­sion was ul­ti­mately easy and it was al­ready show­ing a re­duc­tion in monthly power bills.

“Why wouldn’t we do it? We have locked in a por­tion of our bills at a low rate and we have also pro­tected our­selves from fu­ture power price rises. As we pay the sys­tem off we will save even more in the fu­ture,” he said.

“The first month we saw a 60 per­cent re­duc­tion in our elec­tric­ity bill. The sys­tem is re­motely mon­i­tored and main­tained for the en­tire agree­ment, which gives us peace of mind to know it is al­ways work­ing to its op­ti­mum.”

Mr Phillips added that a crit­i­cal part of the deal was back-up sup­port

“We didn’t want to be left with a sys­tem that in a year’s time wasn’t work­ing or per­form­ing at its max­i­mum.

Adrian and his team at Wades have fol­lowed up the in­stal­la­tion with reg­u­lar vis­its to en­sure the sys­tem is tweaked and work­ing very well for us. They are also the war­ranty agents in case of any mal­func­tion in the sys­tem.”

O’con­nors

Wim­mera busi­ness O’con­nors has also used the cap­ture of so­lar en­ergy to take pres­sure of its power bills.

Faced with ris­ing power costs, the firm’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Michael Mc­gough ex­plored so­lar power as an op­tion for the busi­ness.

After a com­pre­hen­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion he de­cided to in­stall a 60-kilo­watt sys­tem for the roof of the firm’s deal­er­ship in Horsham through Wades So­lar.

Mr Mc­gough said the de­ci­sion had been been a ‘fan­tas­tic’ in­vest­ment for the com­pany.

“We couldn’t be hap­pier with the 60kw sys­tem Wades rec­om­mended for our Horsham premises. It cap­tures power from the sun which off­sets against our day­time use, with any ex­cess power sold back to the grid, fur­ther en­hanc­ing our sav­ings,” he said.

“We have re­duced our power bills by more than 50 per­cent. We’ve been so im­pressed with the sys­tem and its sav­ings that we have now in­stalled a 40kw sys­tem at our Birchip busi­ness and a third, a 50kw sys­tem, in Corowa and plan to roll out sim­i­lar sys­tems across our other sites

“We are now look­ing for­ward to not only smaller power bills, but are now a much

more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly busi­ness. We ex­pect the sys­tems to save our busi­ness hun­dreds of thousands of dol­lars over the com­ing years.

“Wades un­der­took a de­tailed anal­y­sis of our cur­rent power bills and rec­om­mended the right size sys­tems for our in­di­vid­ual cir­cum­stances.”

With Vic­to­ria’s feed-in elec­tri­cal tar­iff rate for house­hold and busi­nesses dou­bling to 11.3 cents from July 1, there has never been a bet­ter time to in­stal so­lar and save on your home or busi­ness’s power bills.

Peo­ple look­ing for more in­for­ma­tion about sav­ing on home or busi­ness power bills can call Adrian Wade on 5382 3823.

Horsham’s Lis­ter House Clinic prac­tice man­ager Rob Phillips is more than happy with the clinic’s tran­si­tion to so­lar power.

Wim­mera busi­ness O’con­nors is in­vest­ing in so­lar tech­nol­ogy

to cut power bills.

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