Installing Solar

Installing Solar

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Solar power has become increasingly popular in the strata industry as an alternative source of clean energy. In this “Ask the Expert” question, Ken asks when it will be possible to investigate moving to solar power for clean energy requirements in his property at the Park View estate in North Lakes.

If you have any body corporate questions that you’d like answered, you can ask them here.

Individual solar power installations

The Park View Estate is a townhouse-style development, where each lot owner has their own electricity connection and roof. This means, individual lot owners can install solar power for their own use, just as long as they submit an application to the body corporate and receive approval. BCsystems provides a solar power application form on our website.

Solar power for common areas

Another question is whether it is viable to install solar power for the common areas of the building. In a body corporate context, lighting is often the main driver of power costs, particularly at night. This may make it uneconomical to install solar power without also installing a battery, which can be quite expensive.

To determine whether installing solar for common areas is viable, the committee can conduct a viability study on solar power. Solar companies can provide advice to bodies corporate about the number of kilowatts they would need to install. Also, whether they would need a battery, and how long the payback time would be based on their power consumption.

It’s important to note that the viability of solar power for common areas may change over time. This is because the cost of solar panels, inverters, and batteries decreases. Therefore, if a body corporate looked at this a few years ago and it was not viable, it may become viable either now or in the future.

Benefits of solar power for body corporates

While the decision to install solar power for common areas may depend on the individual body corporate’s circumstances. There are many benefits to using solar power, including:

  1. Cost savings: Solar power can significantly reduce electricity costs, helping to insulate against any future rises in electricity costs.
  2. Environmental benefits: Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that reduces carbon emissions and contributes to a more sustainable future.
  3. Increased property value: Installing solar power can increase the value of a property, making it more attractive to potential buyers.

If you’re looking to install solar

Solar power is an excellent option for body corporates looking to reduce their electricity. Individual lot owners can install solar power for their own use with approval from the body corporate.

If you’re looking to install solar to your lot, you can fill out our online application for here. Once BCsystems receives the application and provides it to the body corporate for their consideration.

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