Snowater is joining EnergyLab for their 2020 Accelerator program. With this support we aim to make a massive positive climate impact.
EnergyLab is Australia’s first clean tech startup accelerator. It is dedicated to the clean energy transition. They connect talented founders to the networks needed to succeed. You can find more of the startups they have assisted here.
We join a number of exciting clean technology companies in the program:
The Good Car Company is making electric vehicles affordable and available.
Fasade is making data management more effective and carbon free.
Snowater is a behind the meter Power Purchase Agreement Provider.
Elektra Phi is creating a new generation marketplace for Clean Energy Providers.
Exergenics is bringing AI into climate control through smart air conditioning.
The Renewable Energy Laboratory is an advanced cloud-based solar PV System Simulator.
So what is the EnergyLab Acceleration Program?
EnergyLab’s program was the first in Australia to focus on energy startups. It is now one of Australia’s largest programs of its kind. The program is built to give you what you need to succeed. EnergyLab has adapted lessons from around the world for Australia.
EnergyLab has a broad network of mentors from a wide range of backgrounds. As a Founder you’ll need great contacts in energy companies, with investors, and in the government. There is a good chance that one of our mentors will be able to help you out.
EnergyLab operates spaces for clean energy entrepreneurs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Members get a desk in one of these spaces and a hot desk membership in the others. You get to work beside like-minded founders.
How can you help? Share the news that Snowater is joining EnergyLab and help us grow!Read More
We were very surprised to see RACQ’s recent study into vehicle operating costs.
Annual cost over 5 years
|Hyundai Ioniq Electric||Toyota Petrol|
With a higher upfront cost, but far cheaper fuel, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is now cheaper to run than a Toyota Camry.
Is now the time for your business to upgrade?
If you are upgrading your car to electric, why not slash your energy costs by going solar, too? Go solar with Snowater and we’ll get a ‘yes’ from your landlord.
We’re a clean energy technology company. We disrupt the big energy companies. You get cheaper power.
Our energy is 100% renewable.Read More
As part of the 2019 Xero Awards for Australia, Snowater was a finalist in the Emerging Small Business of the Year category.
The Xero Awards 2019 are all about recognising and celebrating Australia’s diverse partner firms, apps and small businesses. Basically, it celebrates those who are doing extraordinary things in the life of their businesses.
And while excelling at business performance is important a heavy emphasise was placed on workplace cultures and practices that make day-to-day activities meaningful and purposeful.
We are happy to have been recognised by Xero and are continuing our work to make a positive impact on the community around us.
The Snowater team is looking forward to 2020!
To help your business become more sustainable and appeal to this new customer group, here are some quick tips:
- Go paperless;
- Offer products that are made from recycled and ethically sourced materials;
- Reduce packaging;
- Buying your products from local manufacturers;
- Getting solar for your business.
With all of the above tips, it’s important to highlight your efforts to your customers. Customers want to see what you’re doing. They want to buy from your sustainable business in preference to a non-sustainable business.
That might include using door stickers, features in the local paper (like this one for our client at Solomons Flooring) or publishing articles on your social media to highlight your efforts.
All of our energy plans come with a door sticker and local marketing campaign. Show off your commitment to sustainability and build brand affinity.
We’re a clean energy technology company. We disrupt big energy companies, so you get cheaper power.
Our energy is 100% renewable.Read More
Are your energy bills going to get smaller?
Want to know why?
Your electricity bill is mostly made up of:
- the cost of generating your energy; and
- the cost of delivering that energy to you along the poles and wires.
The problem is that our poles and wires in Australia are gold plated – not literally gold plated – they’ve been overbuilt and cost a lot to run.
The good news is that more wind and solar are being built everyday, giving us more competition in the energy market, so the price of energy will reduce.
We’re starting to see that happen already.
But, because the network needs to accommodate all the new wind and solar around the place, the cost of delivering the energy to you using the poles and wires is increasing.
Those costs are being passed on to you.
The bottom line
Your electricity bill isn’t likely to go up drastically in the immediate future.
But, it’s not coming down, either.
Want to avoid network costs altogether? Get rooftop solar with Snowater and we’ll get a ‘yes’ from your landlord.
We’re a clean energy technology company that’s disrupting the big energy companies, so you get cheaper power.
Our energy is 100% renewable.Read More
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a mandatory code of conduct for commercial leasing.
The Code reflects the Government’s ‘Hibernation Strategy’ directed at preserving the foundations of our country’s economy, enabling us all to rebuild on the other side of this crisis.
Is your business eligible?
The code of conduct will apply to tenants that are eligible for the JobKeeper program. That is, you have:
- a turnover of $50M or less; and
- suffered a reduction in turnover of 30% or more.
What it means for your business
The code of conduct will prohibit landlords from terminating leases due to non-payment of rent.
It will also require landlords to reduce the rent payable under the lease proportionate to the tenant’s reduction in turnover, for the duration of the pandemic.
That rental reduction is:
- 50% deferred, to be repaid over the balance of the lease term or a period of at least 24 months, whichever is greater; and
- 50% waived by the landlord
For example, if your rent is $10,000 per month, and your turnover has reduced by 30%, your rental payments can be reduced by $3,000 immediately. The discount includes a $1,500 contribution from your landlord, with the remainder of the discount repaid to your landlord over time.
There is a freeze on rental increases and landlords cannot charge interest on unpaid rent.
Both landlords and tenants will need to sit down together and to negotiate in good faith to strike a resolution appropriate for their individual circumstances.
Rental impact calculators have been made available, check out our link here.
And while you’re speaking with your landlord, why not let them know you’re investigating going solar with Snowater?Read More
Snowater’s recent project with Solomons Flooring Tweed Heads has been covered by Tweed Daily News.
Solomons’ proprietor Micheal Lawrence was quoted saying “We rent our premises, so we didn’t think we could put up solar, but Snowater made it possible”.
Snowater director Chad Hardy was happy to explain how the process works “We work to identify power consumption needs and offset it with clean energy produced by a solar power system”.Read More
When you’re investing in a 25-year solar power system, it pays over the long term to have top-quality system components.
There are two major components of a solar power system:
- The solar panels; and
- The inverter
Each quarter, Bloomberg New Energy Finance produces a list of the tier 1 panel manufacturers.
While tier 1 might sound prestigious, this is simply a measurement of which manufacturers have supplied the highest number of panels this year.
Unfortunately, no comment is made on panel quality, manufacturing sustainability practices, or after-sales support.
The thesis of the Bloomberg tier 1 list is that the majority panels around the world are used in large-scale solar projects, and that as part of the funding process for such projects, financiers will undertake extensive diligence on the panel manufacturer for the project.
As a result of the financier’s diligence inquiries, only the best panels will be used in the projects, so top-line sales numbers are a leading indicator of quality.
In our opinion, and now that the industry has been around for over a decade in Australia, there are a number of settled brands which can be considered of commercial quality and could be considered for your project.
Those brands are:
- Trina Solar
- Sun Power
Incidentally, most of these brands feature on a recent Bloomberg list of tier 1 manufacturers:
- Canadian Solar
- GCL Systems Integration Tech
- Hansol Technics
- Hanwha Q-Cells
- LG Electronics
- Neo Solar Power
- Risen Energy
- Trina Solar
- VSUN Solar
For inverters, unfortunately there isn’t a tier 1 list. Though, the four-front running brands are:
- Solar Edge
All inverters on this list have a minimum 10-year warranty.
We prefer Fronius for their excellent track record in Australia and after-sale service.
Would you like to take control over your energy costs with a nil capital solar power system?Read More
The energy you buy from the grid is sometimes referred to as imported energy.
So, when your solar power system makes more energy than you need, the excess energy will be exported, provided that it’s permitted by your local distributor.
This may seem like a great opportunity to profit from your system – but there’s a catch.
The export rates your retailer offers you are very low – usually around 8c/kWh for small customers, and as low as 3c/kWh for large customers.
You might find your retailer is offering you a much higher export rate – up to 20c/kWh in some cases – but be warned. Often this comes at the cost of higher import rates.
We can help you decide which energy plan and solar power system size is perfect to get the most clean energy possible into your premises, at the lowest price.Read More