Three amazing solar offers. Do you qualify?
OFFER 1: The Federal Government's is still giving generous solar rebates for new solar systems. But these rebates are being phased out by 2030 and the ACCC is formally recommending they are abolished by 2020. See below for more information.
OFFER 2: The Queensland Government has released three additional solar rebates in 2018. You may not have heard about these packages because most installers are not qualified to offer them. Packages are running low. See below for more information.
OFFER 3: GI Energy is able to pass on generous savings by reducing travel and support costs by focusing on a few suburbs at a time. While we are in your area, take advantage of our Group-Buy offer. See below for more information.
Until the 30th of April, 2019 GI Energy will be offering exclusive group-buy discounts in these suburbs:
The Gap - Bardon - Ashgrove - Enoggera - Red Hill
You might think our Facebook ad has made some outragous claims, but we aim to reveal the numbers to you and earn your trust. The following information is easy to understand and demonstrates acheiveable solar savings.
When we ask you about your electricity bill we are looking for four essential things:
1. Your typical quarterly energy cost
2. Your average daily energy consumption (in Kilowatt Hours - kWh)
3. Your energy tariff rates
4. Your energy appliances and habits
Learning these things will help us provide you with a very acheiveable savings estimate.
For example, if you have a $400 quarterly bill you typically use 12kWh per day. You might also have a stay at home parent, air conditioning and eletric hot water.
If you use 12kWh per day it is reasonable to expect that 6kWh is used during the day and 6kWh during the night. In fact, three years of monitoring customer solar systems tells us this is a typical result.
We call this portion of savings your solar consumption savings. It is easily calculated by multiplying your tariff rate by your expected solar consumption.
Sizing a solar system is dependant on your available roof space. Not all roof space is usable or productive.
Once a system size is established, deciding on system quality and features will provide you an opportunity to get better value and savings results from your investment.
Better quality products can produce more energy and last longer. Adding a smart meter can help you maximise your solar consumption and therefore savings.
Calculating solar production will vary depending on system size and your location in Australia. Brisbane based systems are expected to generate 4.2 hours of solar production per day (averaged annually).
To work out what a solar system can produce, mulitply the system size by the recommended solar hours to arrive at a daily solar production figure.
System size: 6.6kW
Solar hours: 4.2
Average daily solar production: 27.7kWh
When we know your energy consumption patterns and what a proposed solar system can produce, we can determine what solar energy you use and what's sold back to your supplier.
We can work this out on a daily and annual basis and form a reliable savings estimate.
A 6.6kW solar system makes an average 27.7kWh of energy per day.
Your average daily consumption is 12kWh, of which we expect that you'll use 6kWh from the solar system. The 6kW of night time use will be purchased from your energy provider.
We can now see that you will be selling 21.7kWh back to the grid. (27.7kWh - 6kWh)
Once we know what solar energy will be consumed or sold, we can calculate the savings estimates. To do this effectively we need to know what you pay per kWh for energy. This is your tariff rate and can be found on your electricity bill.
When we calculate the feed in savings, we always use the base rate of 10c per kWh. By doing this we are providing you with an absolutely achievable estimate. If you do get a larger feed in rate, it will be a bonus to your savings.
Typical energy tariffs are around 27.4c per kWh but can range between 24c and 41c. We will use the 27.4c tariff and the 10c feed in rate in the continued example.
Total solar production is 27.7kWh
Total consumed solar is 6kWh. multiplied by 27.4c is $1.64 per day. Because you didn't have to purchase this energy, this is the rate at which you are saving.
Total solar energy sold to the grid is 21.7kWh. Multiplied by 10c is $2.17 per day.
Total daily savings is $3.81 ($1.64 + $2.17)
Total annual savings are $1,390 ($3.81 x 365 days)
Working out what percentage your savings will be is a matter of comparing your annual electricity cost with your projected solar savings.
You can then work out what a typical electricity bill could look like with solar installed.
A $400 quarterly bill means an annual energy cost of $1,600.
$1,390 is 86.9% of $1,600.
$1,600 minus $1,390 leaves an electricity bill of $210 per year or $52.50 per quarter.
In this example, we've demonstrated that a $400 bill can be reduced to approx. $53. What we haven't discussed with you yet is how you can optimise your solar consumption with a smart meter to save more.
Your home, energy needs and electricity bill are all unique factors. Without a achievable savings estimate you are gambling on a win, not investing in a reliable, long term solution.
Are our savings estimates achievable? Yes. GI Energy can co-monitor your solar system to help you get the best savings result.
If the savings of a solar system don't excite you, perhaps your future cost without solar will convince you.
If you work out what your annual energy cost is, then multiply that number by ten you can see what you energy cost will look like over the next ten years.
What is your average quarterly bill?
Multiply that by four to get your annual energy cost.
Multiply your annual energy cost by ten to see what energy will cost you over the next 10 years.
What were your energy rates like ten years ago? Will that inflation rate continue? Did you add inflation to your ten year energy cost?
Installing a solar system can be the most valuable home improvement you'll ever make. It will typically pay for itself in 3-5 years. A quality system will give you 10 years of warranted performance and greater savings potential beyond that.
Are you happy locking into a future of endless and rising energy costs without solar? If not, arrange to get a savings estimate and quote to find out how solar can work for you.
Federal solar rebates
When you purchase a new solar system, you are automatically qualified to receive a solar rebate. These rebates are generally included in most solar system quotes.
The rebate scheme is designed to reduce the rebate amount on the 1st of January every year. They are set to phase out completely by 2030.
A simple google search in 2019 will reveal that the ACCC has conducted extensive energy reporting in Australia and has made a formal recommendation to the federal government to scrap solar rebates by 2020.
The rebates are calculated by the system size and are therefore tied exclusively to the amount of panels you install. The rebate does not apply to the installation costs or other solar system components.
Because of the structure of the solar rebate, it is far more cost effective to purchase a 6.6kW system than a 5kW system. Often there may only be a $200-$300 difference between them.
Queensland Government rebates
In March 2018, the Queensland Government released a $4,500 interest free loan to low income earners. This rebate was only available through Clean Energy Council - Approved Solar Retailers.
Because of the CEC requirement, most solar retailers did not advertise or recommend this grant. GI Energy actively advertised this rebate from release date and will continue to promote it until funding is exhausted.
In November 2018, the Queensland Government released solar and battery rebate packages of up to $13,000 per home. The packages included a $3,000 rebate for battery purchase and up to $10,000 in interest free loans.
The solar and battery rebate was limited to CEC approved solar retailers that responded to a six month tender process. Consumer protection and the development of safety standards were the primary goal of this tender.
The latest Queensland Government announcements declared that the solar and battery packages will finish on June 30, 2019 or when the remaining 700 packages are claimed.
Federal rebate examples
Rebates values are determined by trading certificates. Certificates can vary in value from month to month depending on the volume of systems sold Australia wide.
The following amounts are examples of rebate levels. Actual rebate amounts may vary at the time of your installation.
6.6kW attracts a $3,706 rebate
5.5kW attracts a $3,094 rebate
4.4kW attracts a $2,448 rebate
3.3kW attracts a $1,836 rebate
Who qualifies for the solar and battery packages?
Home owners and businesses can apply for the $3,000 battery rebate.
Only home owners can apply for the interest free loans.
A $6,500 interest free loan is available to existing solar owners who are adding a battery.
A $10,000 interest free loan is available to homeowners who do not currently have solar and install a combined solar and battery package.
Means testing is applied to the solar and battery packages.
GI Energy has an ongoing commitment to affordable, reliable solar for all communities. That commitment has inspired the development of a highly successful group-buy solar program.
The internet has made it easy for businesses to book jobs across the broarder south east Queensland, however this means more travel, more expensive support and very long days for staff. By concentrating our marketing we are able to cut costs without cutting the quality of the workmanship. By passing these savings on to you in a GROUP BUY Program, we are able to book more jobs. Everyone wins!
Energy's installation teams in Brisbane can travel as far south as Byron Bay, as far west as Chinchilla and as far north as Noosa. All of that travel can be expensive. If a customer system needs onsite attention, the time and travel costs to go from one remote job to another can be hefty and physically draining for the installation teams.
When we developed our group-buy program, we saw an opportunity to cut a few costs and improve installation team conditions without compromising the high quality of workmanship that we are known for. We also saw the benefit of booking more installations by concentrating our marketing costs in one area.
The end result is that we achieved a certain amount of installations from a small area. We also saved a few hundred dollars per job. When we started passing the savings on to customers who booked in the same area at the same time, we found that our volume of jobs increased. It was very simple, but very effective.
We then considered the discounts available to us if we focused on one particular panel model.
We saved more. We passed on more savings. We booked more jobs.
For this group-buy program to work, we focus on a few neighbouring suburbs for 1 month. We then move to another area and start again.
Initially discount amounts varied depending on the volume of installations booked and the product discount we receive. This program has now been successful since June 2018 and we are offering substantial price reductions for bookings in our targeted areas.
By combining the group-buy program with the federal and state rebates, you really should be investigating today!
Our group buy offer is now available to homeowners in the following suburbs:
The Gap - Bardon - Ashgrove - Enoggera - Red Hill
Our offer will finish on the date below so that we can begin installations in the area. Our offer will then be moved to another area and will no longer be available in the areas above.
OFFER END DATE: 15th May, 2019
If you are in the areas we're focused on today and you're interested in seeing how solar savings could look for you, jump in and arrange a savings estimate and quote today. You'll be glad you did!
GI Energy kicked into life in 2011 on the principles of high quality installation, great service and great value. If you spent a day in our office you would experience a happy, motivated and service driven culture. We've attracted like minded people who care deeply about our clients having a positive and profitable experience with solar.
We have installation teams in 18 locations in Australia. We pick the best installers available and we treat them with great respect. We also take responsibility for all after sales service issues. This allows our installation teams to stay focused on doing great installation work without distractions that put them under pressure. Our installers are all highly skilled and professional and most have been with us for 6yrs or more.
Our commitment to consumer protection is outstanding. We are a Clean Energy Council - Approved Solar Retailer. What this means is that we adhere to a formal consumer code of conduct and we've had our sales and business processes reviewed by the Clean Energy Council. We also have a formal complaints process to resolve issues in-house. If needed issue are escalated to the CEC.
The core of the solar industry is driven by a global need for sustainable energy. We are big believers in this cause and feel very privileged to be doing the work we do. Some people see this cause as political, so we generally don't bring it up or assume you are passionate about it. We mention this because we want you to know we hate the idea of installing poor quality solar that will fail and end up on the rubbish heap. We want to provide well installed, quality and long lasting solutions. They are good for you, and good for sustainable energy.
Sales is an important part of any business, but it is often experienced in a negative way. Our approach to sales is to be helpful with and ensure you are respected. Our customers love our approach and we know you will too.
After you've installed solar, we don't leave you to work things out for yourself. We make ourselves available to help you to get the best from your solar system. We can review bills and educate you on energy consumption matters and solar monitoring software. Without good after sales service, you could very well miss hundreds of dollars in savings or loose money through lost solar production.
Finally, if you would like to understand what you could be saving with a solar system, don't hesitate in contacting us. We won't bite, and you'll have a great experience with our team. If our solar solution is not right for you, we'll respect your choice to decline in a friendly and professional manner.
So lets get going! Submit your enquiry below and we'll be in touch soon. You'll be glad you did.