Will solar power suit my business?

If you own or run a business, you will be well aware of the sky-rocketing cost of electricity and how this is eating into your profit margins. Even if you do not own your own building, with an average payback period of six years, businesses with a long-term lease will also benefit from solar power. Capital a problem? Not anymore, thanks to our commercial solar leasing.

Why choose City to Surf Solar+ for your commercial installation?

With our experience in project management and in-house trade experience, we can provide leading technology with top quality systems and operations, to ensure that any sized project from concept to completion will be delivered on time and on budget.

Our customer focus is to provide the best solution with appropriate design, energy production outcomes and financial return on investment. Our installation focus is on quality and safety – we can implement tailored software to monitor real time data.

All facets of the process are covered including:

Site Inspection & Feasibility Study

City to Surf Solar+ understands that every business has different needs and that is why we tailor a solution for all clients rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach. It begins with the collection and analysis of your billing data to gain an understanding of your electricity usage and current rates. One of our CEC accredited designers visits your site to inspect all aspects of the future installation including roof material, size and orientation, and type and location of switchboard/mains/metering. Following the site inspection, the installation of our power analyser into your switchboard for at least a week to understand your business’s load profile may also be recommended.

Proposal/Investment Calculations

Following the initial site visit and feasibility study, City to Surf Solar+ will put together a proposal outlining the ideal solar power solution for the client that fits within the company budget. Included in the proposal are investment calculations outlining payback period and return on investment as well as potential savings graphs. For commercial customers, City to Surf Solar+ is proud to offer leasing through Energy Smart Finance, a partnership between Flexi Commercial and Low Carbon Australia (an Australian Government initiative).

Design & Products

Our highly experienced CEC accredited designers will custom design a system for your premises to give you the highest possible output to maximise your company’s savings. All aspects will be covered in the design including panel location and tilting if required, inverter location, connection to mains power and the possibility of data monitoring. You can have confidence that City to Surf Solar+ use only high quality products from the world’s leading manufacturers for our installations. All products come with substantial warranties and the companies have local offices in the unlikely event that an issue arises.

Installation & Paperwork

Your installation will be carried out by City to Surf Solar+’s CEC accredited installation team. With the experience of over 1,000 local installations, you can rely on us with your long term investment. The installation will be overseen by our Operations Manager to ensure everything is followed according to the custom design and that all OH&S protocols are adhered to. Our administration team will take care of all paperwork for you post-installation and will liaise with your electricity retailer for all metering requirements.

Data Monitoring & Maintenance

If your company wishes to track the performance of the solar power system, City to Surf Solar+ can install a data monitoring package to suit your individual requirements. Another service on offer is a solar system maintenance and clean schedule. Sign up to the bi-annual or annual schedule for a minimal fee to ensure that your system is always working to its full potential.

Some other benefits of commercial solar:

  • If you are registered for GST you can claim the GST back on your BAS*;
  • Small Business Entities (<$2million turnover) may be eligible for Simple Depreciation of 15% in the first year and 30% in following years giving you big tax savings*;
  • If you do not qualify as a Small Business Entity you may be able to claim 10% depreciation per year for 20 years under the diminishing method*;
  • If you lease your solar system through Solar Finance Solutions, your lease repayments may be 100% tax deductible*;
  • Future-proof your business against excessive future rises in electricity costs;
  • In the future it is likely that all buildings will need to meet minimum environmental standards. Installing solar power may help a business become compliant. If something like this is inevitable, it is better to do it sooner rather than later and reap the financial benefits of solar power;
  • Now and in future years the importance of businesses being more environmentally responsible will be seen as important by consumers.

*Disclaimer: This is general advice only. Please visit the ATO website for more information or talk to your accountant or financial adviser to discuss your individual situation.

For examples of our commercial solar systems, see our commercial projects page.


City to Surf Solar+ install and maintain commercial solar panels for businesses around the Geelong region including the Surf Coast, Bellarine Peninsula and more.

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City to Surf Solar+ is proud to offer its customers the choice of flexible payment options through its Energy Smart Finance Program.

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Solar is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly ways to produce electricity.

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