Take control of your energy spend by installing solar to go carbon neutral

By October 16, 2018 No Comments

Our focus at Leading Edge Energy is on helping our clients minimise their grid dependence and take control of rising energy costs and one way to do that is by installing solar and aiming for a carbon neutral status.

Our process involves procurement, smart energy use, solar generation, storage opportunities, and monitoring/reporting. The benefits of installing rooftop solar and minimising waste are both financial and ethical.

Leading Edge Energy recently oversaw a multi-site Hotel Group solar installation which reduced their energy spend across five sites by $60,000 per annum.

The New South Wales Hotel Group approached Leading Edge Energy for advice when it was faced with an $85,000 price hike over five sites when it was due to re-contract its electricity supply in 2017.

After analysing the situation, Leading Edge Energy suggested rooftop solar as an effective way to reduce costs and regain control.

We studied the first site and provided a solar feasibility study which showed that Gateshead Tavern was an ideal site for solar.

The large flat rooftop of the hotel proved to be perfect and could fit the maximum 100 kW threshold which was eligible for Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs).

We established that the hotel would be generating $21,500 per year worth of electricity – based on the new and higher rates.

After establishing the ideal footprint, Leading Edge Energy went to tender with four top-tier solar installers to identify the best value solution in terms of output, reliability, and lifespan. Once presented with the offers, we selected the best value deal and began preparations for the installation.

As soon as the meter was made ‘solar ready’, the installation went ahead under our supervision and the switch was flicked on.

The process was repeated at Royal Hotel Singleton, then Pippi’s at the Point, and Bateau Bay Hotel.


46 percent of businesses want cheaper and greener alternatives to grid electricity

carbon neutralThe switch to renewables is very real and is happening right now with 46% of large businesses reporting that they are seeking cheaper and greener alternatives to grid electricity.

The findings were made in a report by the Climate Council, which also stated that as power bills continue to threaten the bottom line of businesses, more are turning to behind the meter generation, battery storage, and Power Purchase Agreements.

Business installations of solar power increased by 60 percent over 2016-2017, with over 40,000 commercial solar power systems now installed in Australia. The capacity of businesses to generate their own solar energy has doubled since 2016.

Businesses and other organisations are taking control and managing their greenhouse gas emissions to position themselves for growth and competitiveness in a lower-emissions future.

Some of Australia’s best-known businesses are carbon neutral certified. These include banks, legal firms, airlines, councils, property groups, and small businesses.

In the absence of a clear government policy on emissions, many businesses are choosing to demonstrate leadership and corporate responsibility by becoming carbon neutral, while reducing energy costs at the same time.

Carbon neutral means reducing emissions where possible and compensating for the remainder by investing in carbon reduction projects (via offset units) to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

Find out more about reducing your costs through solar

Want to find out how we can help you reduce your energy spend and minimise your grid dependence? Call Leading Edge Energy for a free consultation on tel: 1 300 852 770 or send us an email on

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