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Assess

Know the costs and benefits
of solar from an independent source

Assessing your commercial solar needs is not as simple as reading your energy bill.

Our advanced cloud-based platform ingests readily available information about your site that we source for you, including:

  • Half-hourly electricity data (NEM12) from your electricity retailer
  • Electricity price information from a current electricity invoice
  • Hourly solar irradiance data from nearby weather stations

Using aerial photography we configure the solar arrays that will fit on your site’s roof (and nearby land that you own if applicable) including the tilt and azimuth (direction) of these arrays.

We then simulate hundreds of solar PV and battery combinations for your site on an hourly basis for a year. We model all systems from zero solar panels and batteries, to the theoretical maximum solar and battery solution. This simulation calculates the capital cost, annual savings and financial return from each commercial solar system – giving you a detailed and thorough business case to help your business make the best decision when it comes to investing in solar.

You can view a summary of results for the site in question, ranked from best to worst, and drill down to see just how each solar system would impact your site’s energy use and costs on an annual, monthly, daily and hourly basis.

  • Solar 99 kW
  • Battery 0 kWh
  • Cost to Implement $99,880
  • Annual Savings $23,119
  • Payback 4 Years

Procure

Initial Offers

Get the right price from reliable and
rigorously qualified suppliers

Our process is designed to ensure you have project certainty and receive the best value solution from the best suppliers in Australia.

We create an Event Brief that details all the requirements and preferences for your system and details about your site. We then invite our Registered Suppliers to submit offers on our Beam Solar Market. Our best-practice process ensures exclusions are limited and you can compare apples with apples. Initial offers are summarised for you in our platform in an easy to compare format so you can make a decision.

All suppliers on our platform must complete the Supplier Registration, detailing their licenses and accreditations, experience and financial health. We also request referees and these are contacted to provide feedback on the supplier. Any suppliers that don't make the cut are rejected and are not are not on the Beam Solar Market. As such, we have the utmost confidence in our Registered Suppliers to provide you with quality and value.

Once you have reviewed your initial offers you can accept any of these or shortlist suppliers for final offers

Checks

Before proceeding to final offers we coordinate
the checks and approvals you need to ensure
your project goes ahead.

For solar PV systems under 100 kW we recommend completing the following steps
prior to commencing the Final Offers.

These steps are designed to ensure that the Final Offers Event Brief is concise and unambiguous and there is no uncertainty,
for you and the Suppliers, about the project at each site. The Final Offers Preparation tasks are:

If these tasks are not carried out by the customer, they must be carried out by the Supplier and any money spent completing these tasks now will reduce the Supplier price by a corresponding amount.

These services are delivered by Beam and can be bundled into supplier’s offered prices rather than paying for them prior to paying the supplier.

i.e. these costs can be included in the final capital cost from the successful supplier.

Structural Roof Assessment

This assessment will determine whether the roof(s) can structurally accommodate the proposed solar system and any constraints / exclusions mandated by the structural engineer.

Electrical Assessment

A site visit will be carried out, at each site, and pre-installation photos will be taken. The assessment will review connection points, identify adequacy of space and electrical capacity of each switchboard, inverter location/housing requirements and other factors that will influence the feasibility of the installation and inform the Event Brief.

Complying Development Certificate

The CDC is the local government development approval that is required before a solar PV system can be installed on a roof. We will complete the application and approval process, and pay the associated fees, for the selected system size in order to reduce the lead time for installation and provide certainty that the project will go ahead.

Network Connection Pre-Approval

We will seek pre-approval from the Distribution Network Service Provider (DNSP) to connect the proposed solar PV system including associated protection drawings, single line diagrams and voltage rise calculations. This will reduce the lead time for installation and provide certainty that the project will go ahead.

Final Offers

Get the best value with a best and final offers
round or weighted reverse auction.

Our final offers process scores all the components that contribute to the value of your system.

When you’re ready to procure commercial solar you can choose to run a best and final offers round or weighted reverse auction. Suppliers participate in the Beam Solar Market to ensure you get the best value and quality available.

The final offers round is configured based on your preferences. Beam defines the technical details of your selected system and you specify any requirements relating to your site and business. Also, you can choose whether to prioritise price or quality.

You can choose between a best and final offers structure, where suppliers submit their firm and binding best price, or a weighted reverse auction in which suppliers continue to bid until only one supplier remains with the best bid.

There are three stages to the final offers round:

Stage 1: Suppliers are invited to participate in the final offers round and complete a site visit.

Stage 2: Suppliers complete a Qualification questionnaire that includes proposed equipment specifications, warranties, design and installation, project documentation, safety and approvals. All responses are scored and weighted within the platform to be combined with the final offer pricing.

Stage 3: For the best and final offers structure, suppliers submit their price and we combine that with scores in the qualification questionnaire to make a recommendation to you.

For the weighted reverse auction structure, the auction takes place in a fifteen-minute window with auto-extend if bids are received in the last two minutes. The bid price is combined with score in the qualification questionnaire to determine a supplier’s rank in the auction. The auction ends with the top-ranked supplier being successful, ensuring the best value system based on their final bid price and score.

Procure

After contracting your system we ensure it is
delivered on time and to specification, reducing
the need for your staff to project manage.

Project management and Owner’s Engineer services will be delivered by Beam and can be bundled into supplier’s offered prices rather than paying for them prior to paying the supplier. I.e. these costs can be included in the final capital cost from the successful supplier.

Owner’s Engineer and Project Management

  • Review detailed design works submitted by the Supplier
  • Review and provide advice around deviations from the Supplier’s Event submission
  • Set the schedule with you on milestones and key physical QA points
  • Provide interface between your safety management system/personnel and the Supplier. Weekly updates on progress to client
  • Random inspections of Supplier’s work during installation period
  • Build a defect register and confirm rectifications based on inspections
  • Schedule regular meetings between supplier and site representative and get information from the Supplier about next week’s activities
  • Review any deviations in design and advise client as and when required
  • Review handover documentation and provide defects/deviations register
  • Facilitate dispute resolutions during defects period

M&V

  • Establish benchmark for system performance
  • Monitor system and identify when system is deviating from benchmark performance for 12 months
  • Coordinate Supplier and on-site staff to facilitate safe and fast rectification works

Contact

We help businesses purchase solar and would
love to chat to you about how we can help.

Sydney

Fishburners
L2 11 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Canberra

Renewables Innovation Hub
490 Northbourne Ave
Dickson ACT 2602

Brisbane

GC Hub
36 Laver Drive
Robina QLD 4226