For the second year in a row, Todae Solar has been ranked by SunWiz Consulting as Australia’s largest commercial solar installer. SunWiz’s data confirms that Todae Solar installed more commercial solar than any other company in 20161 and are the market leaders in delivering large, complex opportunities like Aegis Aged Care’s 3.24MW rollout, St Vincent’s 2.7MW rollout and CSU’s 1.77MW system in addition to many commercial systems for SMEs.
Todae Solar led the booming 2016 C&I solar sector according to Sunwiz Consulting. The sector finished 2016 with the greatest market penetration in recent history with 32% of all installations under the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme being installed in the space. This is almost a 20% increase from 2015.
2016 turned out to be such a strong year in the C&I space due to a number of factors; significant reductions in solar module component costs, strong Large-scale Generation Certificate (LGC) market prices, increasing energy prices nationally and improved installation techniques and economies of scale amongst installers resulting in increasingly affordable C&I solar systems. On top of these external factors there was an increased general comfort and awareness by business owners that solar makes commercial sense as a tool to reduce overheads.
Based on the above factors dozens and dozens of SME’s proceeded with solar to join numerous Tier 1 organisations who invested in solar; some of these included Aegis Care, Transport NSW, NRMA, The Department of Defence, Accor, Australian Vintage, Griffiths University, Royal Wolf, BHP, Kmart, St Vincent’s, AstraZeneca, Charles Sturt University and numerous councils nationally.
Todae Solar finished off the year with a number of impressive projects being brought on board to end the year with a bang. Todae Solar was chosen by:
- Doug Hall Poultry – 952kW: Doug Hall will expand their existing 100kW ground-mount system at Yandilla to 1052kW. Todae Solar previously installed two separate 100kW ground-mount systems at Yandilla and Turallin. Impressed by the process, the savings and the quality of the product, Doug Hall has opted to partner with Todae Solar again to expand their system.
- University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) – 105kW: UTS will install a 105kW pilot system on the main campus in Ultimo. The system will feature an innovative design utilising high efficiency panels in order to maximise the limited roof space common for high rise city buildings. UTS will be joining Australian Universities like UNSW and CSU that are turning their roofs into value-adding assets.
- ISPT – 90kW: ISPT have contracted Todae Solar to install two pilot systems on iconic CBD buildings in both Sydney and Melbourne.
- Breakers Country Club to install a 100kW system on the roof of their RSL in Wamberal.
With these projects on top of what is already a strong pipeline of projects for the likes of St Vincent’s, CSU and many more, we expect this momentum to continue into 2017.
Looking forward this year, we expect many more organisations to turn to solar as a logical tool to reduce overheads and provide increased certainty in a time of economic fluctuation. These are very exciting times and we look forward to another amazing and fascinating year.
1 Based on SRES commercial solar installations between 10-100kW