Caboolture businesses making most of the sun

7th August 2017 1:39 PM
SMART: Caboolture leads the state in solar panel installations since 2001 and Beecham Holden is one the biggest contributors. SMART: Caboolture leads the state in solar panel installations since 2001 and Beecham Holden is one the biggest contributors. NuWay Solar

THIS is what 460sq metres worth of solar panel power generation and looks like.

Beecham Holden's state-of-the-art 81kw system can cover almost all its power on a day-to-day basis and that's just one of the Caboolture businesses making the push to the renewable energy.

Caboolture leads Queensland in solar installations since 2001 with 9449, while the Sunshine State leads the country in the highest number of small-scale renewable energy system installations.

Beecham Holden dealer principal Chris Beecham said the monster $165,000 system would pay for itself in the long run.

"We use a lot of power during the day; we have massive air-conditioning, compressors and the guys in the workshop are working between 8am-4pm,” Mr Beecham said.

"We were limited to 81kw, because our peak demand for a 15-minute period was 86kw. I wanted to put 100kw, but there's no point if we can't feed it back to the grid.

"We're currently number 11 in Australia and 221 in the world for power generation, according to pvoutput.org.

"It helps contain the costs and it should pay itself back within 80 months, dependant on cloud and physical usage.”

NuWay Solar' owner Howard Sheperd installed the system in September 2016 and said commercial businesses are making a push to solar power, but obstacles still remain.

"The only thing that stops more commercial businesses changing over is if they're on rented premises,” he said.

"Landlords are loath to spend thousands of dollars,.

"In conjunction with a monitoring company we've now set up a program where the landlord can put a monitor in the metre box to see how much solar goes through.

"The landlord can then sell the electricity to the business for a cheaper price and generate a second income stream for themselves,” Mr Sheperd said.

The Beachmere RSL is another company turning to solar with a 15kw system.