His company Sunoxi designs, installs, maintains and repairs residential and commercial solar and battery systems.
Jeremy, who won the Territory Telstra Business of the Year award against strong competition in 2015, is renowned not just for doing a good job at a fair price, but for providing a first-class after-sales service.
He also earns praise from businesses for carrying out innovative work – using groundbreaking techniques to solve installation problems
“Reputation is everything in a small community such as the Territory,” he says. “I’ve worked hard to build my reputation and that has led to a lot of contracts, including many repeat customers.
“I’ve been in this business for more than a decade and like to think that I know my stuff.”
Sunoxi uses only premium equipment and materials.
That means it is not the cheapest, but competitors readily acknowledge that it is the best and that Jeremy has set the benchmark for first-rate work.
Much of Sunoxi’s work is residential but it has delivered several major projects recently, including Palmerston fire station, Haileybury boarding house, Palmerston Shopping Centre and the Nhulunbuy Aged and Palliative Care Facility.
“Business is going well,” says Jeremy. “The market is changing – everyone is looking at batteries as an option to either expand on their solar as well as solar plus batteries straight away. They want sustainability and energy independence.
“It is known that solar is the cheapest form of energy we can get.”
Unused power generated by solar panels is fed into the Territory’s electricity grid, but a solar and battery system allows it to be stored for later use.
The systems pay for themselves within six to eight years.
It has been shown that solar systems, particularly those with battery storage, increase the market value of properties and improve rental returns for investors.
There are four driving forces behind the sharp uptake in solar and battery systems in the NT:
• The desire for off-grid self sufficiency – many Territorians can now get 80 percent of their electricity from solar systems. Homeowners are increasing their systems from 4.5kW to 13kW or even 19kW for much larger energy use homes.
• Homeowners and businesses want a guaranteed stable supply – this is particularly true in rural and fringe-of-grid regions where energy security has always been a risk
• The Territory Government’s $6000 grant for battery storage installation is the most generous in the country and Territorians know it’s not going to be there forever.
• Jacana has reduced the tariff it pays for energy fed into the grid by private consumers making more sense to store it and use it later.
“The desire for self-sufficiency is very strong,” Jeremy says. “It makes good economic sense to generate your own power through a solar and battery system.
“And many people are ready to buy electric vehicles and want charging points at home.
“I believe that every house and business will one day soon have a solar panel and battery storage system.
“We’re passionate about renewables and believe the industry is only just maturing. “We’re thankful for the first decade in our first business but aim to scale new heights in a maturing industry.
“We believe in our products and services, and understand the needs of our clients.
“The NT is among the best places in the world to take advantage of the ever-advancing technology of solar.
“Solar power for the home or business is a no brainer. The best time to have solar installed was yesterday – and now battery storage is driving the revolution of the industry into its third decade.
“You can power your home with clean, natural energy generated from the sun. It’s reliable, sustainable and cost effective.
“There’s no better time to invest in an end-to-end solar solution.”
The home energy-storage batteries, which are the size of a slim fridge, need to be kept cool, dry and under cover.
There are strict regulations about where they can be installed, but most are fitted unobtrusively in utility rooms or carports.
Sunoxi is based in Darwin but has delivered many rural and remote projects across the Top End.
“Our vision is to provide integrated turnkey solar energy solutions that help organisations and everyday Australian families combat increasing costs of energy,” Jeremy says.
“We have developed the skills and expertise for any size project on or off the grid. The team has project managed rooftop solar PV projects from 2kW to 1.2MW, solar carparks and off-the-grid power stations on sites, such as stations and communities.”
Clients include McDonald’s, construction companies Jaytex, C&R and Scope, and Joondana Investments.
“No job is too small,” Jeremy says.
“Even though we are proficient in large-scale commercial solar projects, we like to help everyday Australian families escape the energy price squeeze as well.
“We have installed solar panels and solar battery storage at our own homes to fight against the rising costs and help to decarbonise our society.”
Sunoxi analyses every job carefully because every home and business has a different consumption pattern.
“We analyse energy usage and future needs to design a renewable energy solution that will reduce bills and improve the client’s energy plan.
“And our in-house process team takes care that all permits and approvals are in place to ensure a smooth, compliant installation.”
Commercial solar system designs incorporate energy output, roof orientation, budget and annual performance figures.
“We then pair this information with the right products for the client’s needs.
“A well designed and installed system ensures your solar system is continually saving on energy bills. Yearly maintenance ensures the solar system continues to produce beyond its expected lifetime.”
Sunoxi’s monitoring platform provides a window into energy consumption patterns. “These energy management tools put control in the client’s hands.
“We also monitor and inspect systems remotely, allowing us to be aware of any issues with the system.”
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