Australia’s Aged Care Sector Turning To Solar Power

The expenditures associated with solar panels on the Gold Coast prices have done little to deter industries across the AU from embracing solar energy, with retail property, manufacturing, education, and the agribusiness sectors being the major drivers for demand. There’s one more industry driving demand for commercial and industrial solar, however, as they aim to provide better environments for their clientele.

C&I solar and energy-efficiency specialist Verdia notes that the Aussie aged care sector is going through a major transformation in how it handles energy, not just out of environmental and practical concerns, but ground-level ones as well.

According to the firm, they’re currently managing energy-efficiency projects for six aged care facilities in the AU, which would cut down on energy consumption by about 40%. As part of the projects, more than 36,000 energy efficient LED lights and 14,000 solar panels will be installed at 91 nursing homes across the AU. Currently, the project is 80% done.

Verdia notes how the aged care sector’s interest in solar power and energy makeovers, in spite of solar panels on the Gold Coast prices, show no indication of slowing down, with the provider noting how about 100 aged care facilities applied for assessment for their programme.

According to Verdia’s data, the key force driving the demand for energy improvement in the sector are the escalating energy bills, with analysis showing that the annual cost of energy for every bed in the aged care sector has gone up in recent years by 35% to A$950, from A$700.

Verdia CEO Paul Peters explains that those increments just aren’t sustainable for a  lot of aged care providers in the AU. On the flip side, solar PV costs have dropped by about 30%, while LED lighting technology has improved. As a result, there’s a lot of reasons for aged care providers to find ways to cut down on costs and improve amenity.

Data from the Melbourne-based Clean Energy Council (CEC), notes how the solar movement is gaining ground, showing a 45% increase in commercial solar installations across Australia in 2018, with Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria leading the way.