National energy retailer Apex Energy says a growing number of building and shopping centre managers were requesting solar energy solutions in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint.
Managing director of Apex Energy, Kosta Spilios, said the managers of accommodation buildings, commercial complexes and shopping centres were becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of using solar and mainstream grid power in their energy mix.
“At Apex Energy we have experienced a huge spike in enquiry from consumers seeking better energy solutions. In over 50% of enquiries we receive, people are specifically asking for a power purchase agreement that includes a solar offering and efficient grid technology,” Mr Spilios said.
“This is particularly evident with management rights operators and shopping centre managers looking to incorporate solar for use in common areas.
“While individual unit or shop owners may not always be so interested in embracing renewables, we are seeing a strong push from building managers seeking alternative energy solutions in this day and age,’’ Mr Spilios said.
“Just one example is the La Balsa building in Mooloolaba where we have our office, which is very forward thinking in its energy consumption, embracing solar.
Mr Spilios said that solar was a growing source of renewable energy in Australia, increasing quickly from a small base and demand is growing by the day.
“We know that the supply of renewable energy can – and will - overtake the old expensive infrastructure of poles, wire and cables, usually at a much cheaper cost.
“Every serious energy operator and retailer who is invested in Australia’s energy future is starting to source or invest in solar energy and renewable sources,’’ Mr Spilios said.