FAQs

About Bright Energy

Q. How does the Bright Energy process work for installing solar in schools, churches & community buildings?

A. Bright Energy’s managed solution connects communities (and their assets), community investors and solar installers, enabling your community to produce low-cost solar electricity and benefit from the positive impacts that come with financial savings, learning opportunities, and cleaner energy. We develop, provide funding and manage a Solar solution for your organisation or community asset, including installation on your roof, performance monitoring, and ongoing maintenance.

Follow our simple 4 step process to see what your community could achieve with solar

Step 1 – Complete Questionnaire
Complete the Bright Energy questionnaire www.Bright.Energy/Questions to see what your building could achieve with a solar system.

Step 2 – Analyse
We meet with you to visit your site and design a solar system with pricing options you can choose from to meet your needs.

Step 3 – Install
The installation is then paid for by the Bright Energy Fund, while we supply, install and manage the system ongoing.

Step 4 – Monitor
You receive a monthly (or alternate frequency) bills from us for the term of your contract, with lower, cleaner energy costs. While we monitor the solar system ongoing, ensuring your system continues to operate safely and deliver the expected savings.

Q. Why choose Bright Energy for the Solar needs of schools, churches & other community buildings

A. Bright Energy helps you switch to solar by taking care of the upfront costs, installation and ongoing maintenance, while you focus on investing your savings back into the community.

You take advantage of lower (fixed price) and cleaner energy straight from your roof, enabling you to increase investment in equipment and education. You will see savings in your energy bills over the term of the contract, whilst Bright Energy takes care of ensuring your solar is performing to its capability. At the end of the contract period you become the owner of the solar.

Not only that, through state-of-the art expertise and technology such as interactive dashboards, your community learn firsthand the importance of renewable energy and healthy living.

Bright Energy only partners with reputable leaders within our industry who share our commitment to providing high quality panels, installation and maintenance. We guarantee our work and pride ourselves on our customer service. We get to know you and your community.

Q. Who are Bright Energy pty ltd

A. Bright Energy was founded in 2018. Our mission is to broaden community access to renewable energy solutions, through the facilitation of renewable energy investments which blend financial returns with deep social and environmental impact.

We deliver energy efficient solutions through a range of community assets and energy options for our customers who are deep community participants. Our solutions can include solar Power Purchase Agreements, distributed renewable energy and ancillary technology services, all delivered with the focus of resulting in lower energy bills, and the pursuit of cleaner energy.

We provide investment opportunities in Commercial and Industrial scale renewable energy community assets which generate maximum benefit through the social impact on Australian communities, in reducing carbon emissions and delivering positive financial returns for investors. We target the achievement of competitive financial returns, in combination with significant environmental and social benefits.

Contracts and Finance

Q. How long will I be under contract for if i signup for Bright Energy to install and manage my solar system?

A. There are several options for the length of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), and these options are determined by variables such as your current grid energy prices, energy usage, system size and quality of the solar resource at your site. Opportunities to purchase the system outright before the end of the PPA exist in certain cases and can easily be discussed with us. 

Energy Efficiency

Q.What happens when the sun doesn’t shine?

A. The amount to which a period of little or no sunlight will affect a building using solar power varies greatly depending on the physical location of a particular building and the nature of the solar system being used. For instance, if the building uses solar PV system and is also connected to the standard electricity grid, a period of no sunlight will simply mean relying on grid power.

Alternatively, as battery storage systems in Australia become more affordable, we will see communities adding batteries to their existing solar power system! This is something that Bright Energy is also able to offer. A battery will enable your community to access and store the solar energy generated during the day for use at any time. When the sun shines on your solar panels and generates more than you use, your battery charges. At night or other peak times, your site demand draws electricity from your battery ahead of the grid, powering your home with clean, sustainable energy 24/7!

Q. Why is now a good time to go solar?

A. Here are just six good reasons.

  • Rising Electricity Prices
  • Cost of solar systems are at an all-time low
  • The sooner you buy, the sooner you save
  • Proven technology of world-class quality
  • Solar Power Is Sustainable, Clean and Reliable
  • We take care of everything

 

Rising Electricity Prices
Australia’s energy retailers are increasing power prices year on year because of the rising costs of generation and distribution of electricity.
The cost of generation has risen because of several reasons, including high levelized costs of marginal generation (usually diesel or gas-fired thermal power), electricity supply being unable to meet peak demand events in the market, high margins being charged by electricity producers, rising cost of domestic gas, and the retirements of baseload power plants without adequate replacement strategies.
The price of distributing energy has also increased and is being reflected in rising network charges. This is because Australia has an extremely large electricity network and a lot of money goes into maintaining the poles and wires that convey electricity from power plants to homes and businesses, as well as creating new parts of the network to meet new generation and new demand areas.
With the Bright Energy solar solution, you get price certainty on a fixed portion of your bills over the medium to long term, saving you money and allowing you to re-invest into your organisation.

Cost of solar systems are at an all-time low
Solar systems are cheaper than ever, thanks to technological strides, the price of solar modules has dropped by more than 75% in the past five years. This price drop also means that the average size of a solar system has more than doubled, resulting in a far bigger impact on your electricity bills. Which is great news for budgeting and saving!

The sooner you buy, the sooner you save
While you might be tempted to hold on and see if the price of solar power systems falls even further, putting off your purchase may not necessarily make financial sense. Energy prices are already high and forecast to go higher, but solar power costs are at an all-time low. In fact, the overall cost of solar power across Australian capital cities now actually sits below retail grid power prices. Whilst the cost economics are set to continue to place downward pressure on prices, the year on year cost savings are not material, which means that most of the cost benefits of waiting have been realised. That means now is a great time to go solar.

Proven technology of world-class quality
Constant innovations in the field have seen solar panels increase in quality, rapidly improving efficiency, energy yields, and duration. Bright Energy seeks to procure solar systems that are designed and engineered to last over 20 years in the harshest of Australian conditions, with minimal maintenance requirements. This means the solar system placed on your site will continue to abate a healthy portion of your energy bill, with the average system forecast to pay itself off after approximately 7 years.
At the end of a contract with Bright Energy where you receive full system ownership, you will gain the benefit of clean energy generated that costs nothing to you for a long residual period of the system.

Solar Power Is Good for the Environment
The most commonly known fact about solar energy is that it represents a source of clean energy and is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Solar power is self-sufficient and installing solar panels on your roof is a safe and easy path to contribute to a sustainable future.

We take care of everything
Most importantly, we really do take care of everything. Often a difficulty with owning solar is participants are unsure of how big a system they should get, and once they purchase solar, there is the potential for owners to be unsure of who to contact or what to do if they experience an issue with their system years down the track. With a solar solution from Bright Energy, you can rest assured, knowing we will size a system that suits your needs (including any future plans you have for your site), we procure the best configuration of panels and inverters for you, we use quality engineering and workmanship in installing your system, and then we are there with you every step of the way for the long term in ensuring anything relating to your solar system is taken care of.

Energy Saving

Q.What happens when the sun doesn’t shine?

A. The amount to which a period of little or no sunlight will affect a building using solar power varies greatly depending on the physical location of a particular building and the nature of the solar system being used. For instance, if the building uses solar PV system and is also connected to the standard electricity grid, a period of no sunlight will simply mean relying on grid power.

Alternatively, as battery storage systems in Australia become more affordable, we will see communities adding batteries to their existing solar power system! This is something that Bright Energy is also able to offer. A battery will enable your community to access and store the solar energy generated during the day for use at any time. When the sun shines on your solar panels and generates more than you use, your battery charges. At night or other peak times, your site demand draws electricity from your battery ahead of the grid, powering your home with clean, sustainable energy 24/7!

Q. Why is now a good time to go solar?

A. Here are just six good reasons.

  • Rising Electricity Prices
  • Cost of solar systems are at an all-time low
  • The sooner you buy, the sooner you save
  • Proven technology of world-class quality
  • Solar Power Is Sustainable, Clean and Reliable
  • We take care of everything

 

Rising Electricity Prices
Australia’s energy retailers are increasing power prices year on year because of the rising costs of generation and distribution of electricity.
The cost of generation has risen because of several reasons, including high levelized costs of marginal generation (usually diesel or gas-fired thermal power), electricity supply being unable to meet peak demand events in the market, high margins being charged by electricity producers, rising cost of domestic gas, and the retirements of baseload power plants without adequate replacement strategies.
The price of distributing energy has also increased and is being reflected in rising network charges. This is because Australia has an extremely large electricity network and a lot of money goes into maintaining the poles and wires that convey electricity from power plants to homes and businesses, as well as creating new parts of the network to meet new generation and new demand areas.
With the Bright Energy solar solution, you get price certainty on a fixed portion of your bills over the medium to long term, saving you money and allowing you to re-invest into your organisation.

Cost of solar systems are at an all-time low
Solar systems are cheaper than ever, thanks to technological strides, the price of solar modules has dropped by more than 75% in the past five years. This price drop also means that the average size of a solar system has more than doubled, resulting in a far bigger impact on your electricity bills. Which is great news for budgeting and saving!

The sooner you buy, the sooner you save
While you might be tempted to hold on and see if the price of solar power systems falls even further, putting off your purchase may not necessarily make financial sense. Energy prices are already high and forecast to go higher, but solar power costs are at an all-time low. In fact, the overall cost of solar power across Australian capital cities now actually sits below retail grid power prices. Whilst the cost economics are set to continue to place downward pressure on prices, the year on year cost savings are not material, which means that most of the cost benefits of waiting have been realised. That means now is a great time to go solar.

Proven technology of world-class quality
Constant innovations in the field have seen solar panels increase in quality, rapidly improving efficiency, energy yields, and duration. Bright Energy seeks to procure solar systems that are designed and engineered to last over 20 years in the harshest of Australian conditions, with minimal maintenance requirements. This means the solar system placed on your site will continue to abate a healthy portion of your energy bill, with the average system forecast to pay itself off after approximately 7 years.
At the end of a contract with Bright Energy where you receive full system ownership, you will gain the benefit of clean energy generated that costs nothing to you for a long residual period of the system.

Solar Power Is Good for the Environment
The most commonly known fact about solar energy is that it represents a source of clean energy and is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Solar power is self-sufficient and installing solar panels on your roof is a safe and easy path to contribute to a sustainable future.

We take care of everything
Most importantly, we really do take care of everything. Often a difficulty with owning solar is participants are unsure of how big a system they should get, and once they purchase solar, there is the potential for owners to be unsure of who to contact or what to do if they experience an issue with their system years down the track. With a solar solution from Bright Energy, you can rest assured, knowing we will size a system that suits your needs (including any future plans you have for your site), we procure the best configuration of panels and inverters for you, we use quality engineering and workmanship in installing your system, and then we are there with you every step of the way for the long term in ensuring anything relating to your solar system is taken care of.

Energy Storage

Q.What happens when the sun doesn’t shine?

A. The amount to which a period of little or no sunlight will affect a building using solar power varies greatly depending on the physical location of a particular building and the nature of the solar system being used. For instance, if the building uses solar PV system and is also connected to the standard electricity grid, a period of no sunlight will simply mean relying on grid power.

Alternatively, as battery storage systems in Australia become more affordable, we will see communities adding batteries to their existing solar power system! This is something that Bright Energy is also able to offer. A battery will enable your community to access and store the solar energy generated during the day for use at any time. When the sun shines on your solar panels and generates more than you use, your battery charges. At night or other peak times, your site demand draws electricity from your battery ahead of the grid, powering your home with clean, sustainable energy 24/7!

How it works

Q. How long will I be under contract for if i signup for Bright Energy to install and manage my solar system?

A. There are several options for the length of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), and these options are determined by variables such as your current grid energy prices, energy usage, system size and quality of the solar resource at your site. Opportunities to purchase the system outright before the end of the PPA exist in certain cases and can easily be discussed with us. 

Q. How can I monitor my energy usage?

A. Bright Energy will provide you with access to a customised dashboard, showing you real-time generation data and how much grid energy is being displaced by your system. We will ensure this information readily available, easily understood and in a manner that is teachable. If you’re a school, you can use this as an educational resource to teach future generations on the benefits of solar and clean energy, as well as your individual role played in seeking clean energy.

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Q. What support do I get after our solar panels & system are installed?

A. Bright Energy will provide ongoing monitoring, analytics, and maintenance of your system throughout the contract. This is to ensure that any performance issues that may arise are addressed by us, as well as ensuring that your system is generating all the energy that it is supposed to and that you are saving as much money on your energy bills as possible.

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Q. How does my Solar System get paid for?

A. Bright Energy itself is funded by investors who are mission-aligned in ensuring community participants are enabled to gain access to quality, world-class solar solutions that are aimed at saving community participants money on their energy bills over the long term.
Bright Energy pays the lump sum, upfront cost of financing your solar system and recovers its investment through the energy that is generated which you pay for over the course of your contract. The cost of energy to you should be lower than what you will be paying for from the grid, and is at a price point which pays Bright Energy for oversight, management, monitoring and maintenance of your system over the term of the contract, leaving you with one less thing to worry about! 


It’s a “win win win” scenario where everyone benefits!

 

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Q.What are all the costs are involved with installing & running solar on a school, church or community building?

A. Simply put, no upfront costs for the solar system. Bright Energy finances the entire design and build of the system, and once the system is up and running, you will simply pay for the power generated from the system to Bright Energy as owners of the system, via a contract known as a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). There are several options for the length of the PPA, and these options are determined by variables such as your current grid energy prices, energy usage, system size and quality of the solar resource at your site. Once the term of your PPA is finished, the system is yours to keep, and every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy generated is essentially free!

Category: How it works

Q. How does the Bright Energy process work for installing solar in schools, churches & community buildings?

A. Bright Energy’s managed solution connects communities (and their assets), community investors and solar installers, enabling your community to produce low-cost solar electricity and benefit from the positive impacts that come with financial savings, learning opportunities, and cleaner energy. We develop, provide funding and manage a Solar solution for your organisation or community asset, including installation on your roof, performance monitoring, and ongoing maintenance.

Follow our simple 4 step process to see what your community could achieve with solar

Step 1 – Complete Questionnaire
Complete the Bright Energy questionnaire www.Bright.Energy/Questions to see what your building could achieve with a solar system.

Step 2 – Analyse
We meet with you to visit your site and design a solar system with pricing options you can choose from to meet your needs.

Step 3 – Install
The installation is then paid for by the Bright Energy Fund, while we supply, install and manage the system ongoing.

Step 4 – Monitor
You receive a monthly (or alternate frequency) bills from us for the term of your contract, with lower, cleaner energy costs. While we monitor the solar system ongoing, ensuring your system continues to operate safely and deliver the expected savings.

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Q. How long will I be under contract for if i signup for Bright Energy to install and manage my solar system?

A. There are several options for the length of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), and these options are determined by variables such as your current grid energy prices, energy usage, system size and quality of the solar resource at your site. Opportunities to purchase the system outright before the end of the PPA exist in certain cases and can easily be discussed with us. 

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