ShineHub selects Hanwha Q Cells for its lease-to-own model in SA

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ShineHub has launched a new “lease-to-own“ plan exclusively for South Australia (SA), which promises saving up to 42% on electricity costs. 

The company has chosen Q Cells as the preferred module provider for their Community Solar Program, which is delivered in concert with the rebates offered under the SA government’s Home Battery Scheme.

ShineHub will introduce the high performance Q.PLUS-G4.3 to the program with an option to upgrade to the more premium Q.PEAK DUO-G5, which is the manufacturer’s newest and most powerful module.

“Our platform streamlines the installation process and makes sure that people are only paying for what actually goes on their roof, rather than the ‘fluff’ that usually goes with it,” ShineHub co-founder Alex Georgiou said.

“The partnership with Q Cells means that our customers no longer have to sacrifice quality for price, as no other installers in South Australia can beat us on cost with this type of product.”

ShineHub offers customers to install solar+storage systems that are paid off at a fixed price each month, usually for a period of 10 years. The monthly fee covers a household’s usage, as well as payment towards owning the system, which the company calculates to be 48% cheaper than the amount households currently pay for their energy usage. At the end of the customer’s plan, the households own the systems outright.

Last year, ShineHub introduced a special solar+storage offering for 1000 low income households across all states except the Northern Territory and Tasmania. Depending on their consumption profiles and energy needs, households were offered between 3-10 kW of rooftop solar PV, supplied by Longi, and 5.7-22.8kWh of battery storage from Alpha ESS.

Under the new Community Solar Program for SA, ShineHub offers customers two pathways to purchase, with information events starting from the 25 February until the end of March.

The ShineHub offering comes hot on the heels of another SA project powered by Q Cells. Touted as South Australia’s first-ever multi-site, solar+storage powered residential development, a property development in Adelaide’s south is delivering a 5 kW rooftop system, supplied by Q Cells, alongside 7.5 kWh of battery storage from sonnen for prospective home buyers.

Developer DLH Projects is building the homes and Sydney-based Natural Solar is installing the Q.PEAK DUO-G-5 modules and sonnen batteries under the SA Home Battery Scheme.

This article was amended on 15/2/2019 to reflect that the Hanwha Q Cells systems are being provided by ShineHub on a ‘lease-to-own’ model, rather than ‘zero-up-front’.