Gym owners are no strangers to high energy bills with the significant amounts of power required to keep the air conditioning on and equipment running. However, with the ever-increasing energy costs, more and more gym owners in Australia are turning to commercial solar systems to power their facilities. But is it worth the investment? 

In this blog, we’ll explore the key reasons why our customers, in particular gym owners, have been investing in commercial solar systems, including the long-term cost savings, positive environmental impact, reduced reliance on the grid, tax benefits and how they can enhance the value of your property. 

Here are six benefits of commercial solar systems for gym owners: 

1. Lower Energy Costs

One of the biggest advantages of commercial solar systems is that they can help you save money on your energy bills. This is especially important for gyms that use a lot of electricity, By generating your own electricity, you’ll be able to reduce your dependence on the grid and avoid costly peak energy rates. This means that your solar panels are paying themselves off in energy savings within 2.5 to 3.5 years!

2. Increased sustainability

If you’re committed to reducing your gym’s environmental impact, commercial solar systems are a great way to do it. Solar energy is clean, renewable, and produces no greenhouse gas emissions, so you’ll be able to run your gym with a much smaller carbon footprint. 

For example, the 97.2kw Tigo Energy Smart Solar System we installed at Planet Fitness Thuringowa in Northern Queensland is reducing 120, 240 kg of CO2 emissions every year.

Planet Fitness Thuringowa Solar Installation
3. Improved reputation 

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of their choices on the environment. By installing a solar system, you’re demonstrating your commitment to sustainability and reducing your carbon footprint. This can enhance your reputation and attract customers who are looking for environmentally conscious businesses to support.

At SCE Energy Solutions, we provide you with an entire media package, including photos and videos of the installation, a carbon reduction certificate and a live solar website so you can showcase to your customers the conscious effort your business is making to become more sustainable. 

4. Significant Returns on Investment

While the initial investment in a solar system can appear significant, with extremely high energy rates some of our customers are paid these off in under 3 years. Firstly, it’s important to know that solar panels are built to last. Most manufacturers offer warranties ranging from 25 to 30 years, with the panels continuing to operate efficiently even after the warranty period. This means you can expect decades of clean energy generation and substantial savings on your energy bills. 

We conduct a thorough financial analysis to determine the specific ROI of a commercial solar system for your gym. We assess factors such as your energy consumption, available roof or ground space for solar panels, tax incentives, and system costs to provide accurate projections of the financial benefits and payback period. 

5. Enhanced property value 

Commercial solar systems can increase the value of your property! If you own the building that houses your gym, installing solar panels can make it more attractive to potential buyers or tenants. Solar panels are a highly desirable feature for businesses that are looking to reduce their environmental impact and energy costs, so having them installed can make your property more competitive in the market.

6. Tax Credits and Incentives

In addition to the savings on your energy bills, installing a commercial solar system can also make you eligible for tax credits and incentives. The Australian federal government offers several tax incentives and rebates to encourage businesses to invest in renewable energy, as well as some Australian states and Territories. 

To determine what incentives and rebates are available for your business, you can consult with our solar specialists to help you navigate the various options and requirements for your property here

Ready to slim your energy bills?  

In conclusion, installing a commercial solar system is an excellent way for gym owners to cut costs, improve energy reliability, enhance their reputation, and make a long-term investment in their business. 

If you’re interested in learning more about commercial solar systems for your gym, schedule a free consultation with our team who can assess your energy and help you design a custom system that meets your needs and budget. With the right system in place, you’ll be able to power up your gym while also powering up your commitment to sustainability.