Redefining Green

Written by: | July 31, 2018

It’s easy to feel that the world’s problems are so big that you cannot make a difference. But as a community, the sum of our actions can generate a larger, positive impact. Our team at Success NQ is proud to be part of creating a greener and more sustainable future. The pages that follow showcase some of our region’s businesses that share our interest. 


Businesses Saving Money on Electricity Bills has become ‘Child’s Play’

Many local businesses are large consumers of electricity during business hours, which are typically during Townsville’s long, sunny days.

Talking to many businesses, you start to realise just how much of their hard-earned profit is actually set aside to cover the basic cost of electricity. 

Business electricity bills in Townsville are commonly between $2,000 and $7,000 each month and fluctuate seasonally (with most ballooning during summer) – and are directly related to cooling costs. Most businesses that own their property and have suitable roof real estate have already made the wise decision to install solar and are realising some amazing financial benefits – but what if you lease your business space and don’t own the building? 

Approximately 80% of Queensland businesses are leased – that can sometimes leave the tenants in a difficult situation when the building owner does not want to partner in the costs of solar. Chipmunks Playland and Café is a wonderful example of how a tenant can work collaboratively with local energy experts and the building owner to come to a solution that benefits all parties.

A Case Study: Chipmunks Playland and Café

A 99kw solar power and LED lighting system was designed by SuperGreen Solutions at Chipmunks Playland and Café in December 2017. Chipmunks’ electricity costs in the 2017 calendar year totalled $94,968. In 2018, the year following the installation of the solar panels, electricity costs are currently on track to save the business between $35,000 and $40,000 (see Figure 1), and well over $300,000 during the term of the lease! 

The numbers are that good that Chipmunks Playground and Café owner Ian Wattie has stated that he has been cash flow positive from day one. He has never used his own money as he simply diverted what he was paying for power to finance the system.

“SuperGreen Solutions made the design and installation of the project so easy, I could not be happier with the savings. I just wish I had done it sooner as I would have saved our business a fortune,” says Ian. 

Energy Advisor Jason Lange at SuperGreen Solutions says these results are not uncommon for Townsville businesses and he and the team take great pride in helping lighten the load.

 “Townsville has some of the highest solar potential on the planet and businesses owe it to themselves to at least look into this potential – the numbers speak for themselves and our job is to find solutions that can benefit both the tenant and building owner,” says Jason.


Why should a Landlord be interested in investing in solar?

1. Increases property value and lengthens tenancy agreements.

2. Increases new occupancy uptake.

3. Promotes happy tenants and clients.

4. Provides tax incentives for a depreciable asset.

5. Provides a 20-year passive income that increases as power prices increase.

Why should building tenants be interested in solar?

1. To save considerably on electricity prices and increase business profit.

2. To provide a more comfortable business through reduced cooling costs.

3. To attract more business by reducing their carbon footprint.

4. To leverage resources to further improve and grow the business.


Figure 1. Output from Ergon Energy ‘Energy Check Portal’. Chipmunks total electricity bill in the 2017 calendar year was $94968, at more than half way through the year their current bill is $29582.


For more information contact Jason at SuperGreen Solutions on 47727655 or visit


Thinking of going solar? Now is a great time with Solahart. 

Barry, Matt and the team at Solahart Townsville have dedicated themselves to providing their customers with the best solar solutions for your needs. Solahart has been providing and installing solar hot water systems for over 65 years – it’s a brand you know and trust. Solahart is a market leader in the delivery of solar hot water systems, and today our range has expanded to include solar power PV (photovoltaic) and battery storage technology.

The Benefits of Going Solar – Reduce your energy bills now

Introducing solar energy to your home is a great way to reduce your energy bills and your reliance on energy companies by harnessing the sun’s free energy. 

Install a Solahart PV system to provide power to your home and supplement this with an internal home battery to store free power for use at night or when the sun’s not shining. Any surplus power can then be fed back into the grid.

Solahart dedicate themselves to providing top quality, professional service to their customers and this includes backing the products they sell. Our goal is to help you make the decision on which solar solution best suits you, to not only save you money but also reduce your carbon footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Solahart provides unbiased advice on the best system for your needs and insist our dealers and installers are fully trained to ensure a quality installation. We specially source the highest quality products from across the world with competitive consumer warranties. Solahart PV systems provide another level of warranty through their complete system warranty, to ensure full customer satisfaction and peace of mind.

Solahart Solar Power systems are great for the environment and the Federal Government offers generous incentives to help you make the switch. The value of these incentives varies; presently they are currently worth up to $4,000 for a large residential PV system. We will be able to provide all the information you need during a free on-site solar assessment.


Solahart Townsville service Townsville, Ayr, Ingham, Charters Towers and Mount Isa (includes surrounding areas). Give our friendly staff in the office a call on 4775 5541 or come in to see our showroom at 77 Pilkington Street, Garbutt. 





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