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HOW DOES A POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT WORK?

Fact 1

National Electricity Market

The cost of purchasing electricity from the wholesale markets in Australia has increased substantially. The average cost between 2012 - 2016 was $46.19MWh. For the 2017 calendar year, that figure is $110.17, a 139% increase. icon

That’s 4.62c to 11.02c per kWh  in 5 years

Fact 2

Solar Installation Costs

The cost of producing electricity from a solar system has reduced significantly. Over the same time period, the cost of a large scale solar installation has fallen from $1.50 per watt to $1.15 per watt, a 24% reduction. icon

That’s $1.50  to $1.15 per watt  in 5 years

We analyse 12 months of your electricity interval data to size a solar system that will best fit your energy consumption profile. If you don’t have an interval meter installed we will add temporary metering equipment at your site to understand your consumption profile.

What Are The

benefits for you?

The benefits of a solar power purchase agreement depend on a number of variables, with the biggest being the ownership structure of the property. Please choose one of the categories below to understand your benefits.

Benefits to an Owner-Operator


– Day 1 reduction in electricity expense
– Long term energy contract, less volatility in operating-expense
– Marketing benefits from a reduction in carbon emissions
– 24/7 remote monitoring with ongoing saving recommendations
– No solar maintenance costs
– Reduced reliance on the grid
– Potential increase in property value
– Potential improvement of NABERS rating

Benefits to Tenants


– Reduction in electricity expense
– Long term energy contract, less volatility in operating-expense
– Marketing benefits from a reduction in carbon emissions
– 24/7 remote monitoring with ongoing saving recommendations
– No solar maintenance costs
– Reduced reliance on the grid

Benefits to Commercial Landlords


– New revenue source from the lease of roof
– Improving leasing ability by offering tenants low cost solar power
– Potential improvement of NABERS rating
– Potential to charge a higher lease
– Partial expense hedge if tenant is on a gross lease
– Potential increases access to capital due to improve energy rating of buildings

Solar Bay is at the forefront of providing cost-saving renewable energy solutions in the following key industries.

Where We Specialise

Whats The Process

How a Power Purchase Agreement works

1. Feasibility

Solar Bay assesses your energy consumption profile, building suitability, and currently electricity procurement arrangements.

2. Proposal

Solar Bay builds a proposal detailing the recommended system and financial benefits, this includes a kWh cost schedule for the duration of the Power Purchase Agreement.

3. Installation

Solar Bay manages the installation end-to-end, including negotiations with the distribution network and electricity retailers.

4. Upgrades

Solar Bay will remotely monitor the system to ensure optimal operation. Regular maintenance is undertaken, and improvements such as batteries will be recommended as the renewable industry develops.

Shopping Centres outsource their car park management so they can focus on what they do best. Let us manage your solar system so you can focus on what you do best.

We source capital from both private and public organisations.

This allows us to fund the installation of quality solar systems at low cost, and sell you the electricity at low cost.

POWER YOUR BUILDING WITH SOLAR BAY

6 easy steps
Energy Analysis
Solar Bay requires an electricity bill and will then request your meter interval data. Our analysts will then run the numbers to see if solar is right for you.
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System Design
Our accredited Clean Energy Council (CEC) engineers will design a tailored solution to suit your business.
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System Installation
Solar Bay's CEC accredited team will install the solar system. For commercial systems this usually takes one to two weeks.
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Site Inspection
Solar Bay will conduct a site inspection to ensure the building and wiring is suitable for the installation of a solar system.
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Connection Application
We'll do all the paperwork to arrange the connection of the solar system to the grid.
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Commissioning
Solar Bay will arrange for the solar system to be commissioned, and for your meter to be upgraded if required. The system is now ready to help power your premises.
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Energy Analysis
Solar Bay requires an electricity bill and will then request your meter interval data. Our analysts will then run the numbers to see if solar is right for you.
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Site Inspection
Solar Bay will conduct a site inspection to ensure the building and wiring is suitable for the installation of a solar system.
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System Design
Our accredited Clean Energy Council (CEC) engineers will design a tailored solution to suit your business.
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Connection Application
We'll do all the paperwork to arrange the solar system's grid connection.
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System Installation
Solar Bay's CEC accredited team will install the solar system. For commercial systems this usually takes one to two weeks.
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Commissioning
Solar Bay will arrange for the solar system to be commissioned, and for your meter to be upgraded if required. The system is now ready to help power your premises.
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Solar Analytics

Solar Bay installs remote monitoring on all solar systems we install, this allows us to ensure the systems are performing at their best. 

If a system is purchased outright we will fund the cost of the monitoring for five to ten years depending on the size of the system. Under a power purchase agreement we will fund the monitoring cost for the duration of the contract.

The monitoring records seven variables for both solar production & site consumption, not only does this help maximise energy savings but it also help diagnose network issues such as low voltage or frequency.

What to expect from solar bay over the next 5 years

Continued Research and Development

Solar Bay’s goal is to become the leader in

peer-to-peer renewable energy trading to reduce

the reliance on fossil fuel based energy in

Australia. This means long term relationships with

our clients is a top priority, and we will continue our

R&D into new energy solutions to reduce your

energy usage and expense.

Intelligent Technology

Using the latest technology to create better efficiency is one

thing. Using artificially intelligent software algorithms and

new state-of-the-art software and hardware to reduce your

energy consumption is a whole other thing.

Rollout of Energy Storage

We work closely with battery manufacturers,

and research institutions. This ensures we’re at the

forefront of chemical and thermal storage solutions.

When feasible we will pro-actively contact

you to install batteries to maximise the solar

potential of your property, and further reduce your

electricity expenditure.

Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading

In most cases a solar system doesn’t take up all of a

properties roof space, and at this stage there’s no point in

exporting electricity. This will change with peer-to-peer

energy trading. We’re helping drive this change and will be

in touch when your roof can start earning you revenue.

Smarter Integrated Technology

Partnering with technology companies give Solar

Bay’s customers the opportunity to connect 

to equipment like air-conditioning, hot water systems

and machinery to the internet. This allows external

parties to manage this equipment and reduce your usage

when power is in short supply. This saves you money on

your grid energy bill.

Electric Vehicles

Solar Bay understands that Electric Vehicles may make

up a significant proportion of new car sales within five years.

We’re ready for this and can arrange for the installation of a

smart charging stations, and more solar to account for the

extra power consumption the EV will require when charging.

What’s the difference between the small and large scale solar subsidies?

Systems below 100kWSystems Above 100kW
Solar systems below 100kW are classified by the government as a non-commercial system.Solar systems below 100kW are classified by the government as a commercial system.
government subsidy
Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STC's)
government subsidy
Large-Scale Generation Certificates (LGC's)
How does the government subsidy work?
STC's are designed to be an upfront subsidy to reduce the capital cost of a solar system. A government calculator providers the number of STC's available for the particular solar system, which is then multiplied by the current STC market price.
How does the government subsidy work?
LGC's are generated on an ongoing basis for commercial or utility scale solar systems. LGC's are created per MWh of renewable generation until 2030 and are sold on the certificate market. The LGC market price can be volatile and the total value of the subsidy received is unknown over the life of the system.
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