Beam Commercial

Find out what solar will do for your site(s), understand project feasibility and procure using our best-practise process.

Step 1: Start an Assessment

Start an assessment of solar at your site(s). All you need is your energy data, a bill and our software finds the best system for your needs.

Step 2: Request Quotes

Request quotes from our qualified and rigorously vetted suppliers in the Beam Market, then buy or proceed to auction.

Step 3: Go to Auction

Go to auction to ensure you get the best value and quality system with no surprises after contracting.

How it Works

1

Assessment

We use your energy and bill data, weather-station data and satellite imagery to find the optimal solar system for your site.

Step 1: Power Assessment

What we do

We use satellite imagery to map the maximum solar system for your site(s). We then model the performance of hundreds of solar systems utilising the data from your electricity smart meter, electricity invoice and local solar output.

What you get

Extremely accurate projections of costs and benefits of every solar system configuration for your site. Drill down to see what the system will do on any hour of the year. An intuitive process to help you find the best system for your needs.

Start an Assessment Learn More Start here if you are considering solar but want to see recommendations and their costs and benefits.
2

Quotes

We put your chosen system and preferences on the Beam Market

What we do

Create a comprehensive brief for your preferred system and invite our registered suppliers to submit quotes. We evaluate all quotes received with our best-practise evaluation tools and recommend suppliers for shortlisting.

What you get

The best suppliers in the industry, rigorously vetted by us, submitting quotes for your system. Detailed evaluation of quotes presented in our platform so you can clearly understand who is offering the best solution.

Request Quotes Learn More Start here if you know what system to get and want quotes from our registered suppliers.

Checks

Before proceeding to auction we coordinate the checks and approvals you need to ensure your project goes ahead.

  • Structural Roof Assessment
  • Local government approval
  • Electrical Assessment
  • Grid connection application
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Auction

Registered suppliers compete for your project in a weighted reverse auction, ensuring quality and value.

What we do

Host shortlisted suppliers at your site for inspection. Run auction qualification to score suppliers on all the important details in their solution. Run a live weighted reverse auction to determine the winning supplier.

What you get

Contract as an outright purchase, power purchase agreement (PPA), finance or lease. The best suppliers in the industry competing to win your project. Alignment of your needs with supplier contracts. Ensure you get the best value system, balancing quality and price.

Go to Auction Learn More You are ready to purchase and want to use the best-practice procurement process to get a quality solution at a great price.

Manage

After contracting your system we ensure it is delivered on time and to specification, reducing the need for your staff to project manage.

  • Project Management
  • Measurement and verification
  • Owner's Engineer
  • Monitoring
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Beam Commercial significantly out-performs traditional commercial solar procurement approaches:

Assessment Traditional Beam Commercial
Number of solar / battery business cases modelled 1 > 100
Results and recommendations Static PDF Report Dynamic Online Platform
Time to complete assessment Weeks Seconds
Accuracy of capital cost Estimate Guaranteed
Typical cost of service – $ Thousands <$100
Quotes Traditional Beam Commercial
Participating Suppliers Arbitrary Pre-registered and qualified
Quote brief Limited – supplier decides what’s best Detailed – choose what you want
Quote evaluation Slow, painful, subjective, opaque, desktop and a shambles Fast, objective and transparent
Outcome Quote acceptance only Quote acceptance or go to auction
Auction Traditional Beam Commercial
Supplier site inspection Optional Mandatory
Auction Process RFP only – only one price submitted Online auction to drive best price
Supplier selection Price and subjective criteria Weighted reverse auction
Contract negotiation Additional time and money Integrated into process

Assessment: Know the costs and benefits of solar from an independent source

Assessing your commercial solar needs is not as simple as reading your energy bill.

Our advanced cloud-based platform ingests readily available information about your site that we source for you, including:

  • Half-hourly electricity data (NEM12) from your electricity retailer
  • Electricity price information from a current electricity invoice
  • Hourly solar irradiance data from nearby weather stations

Using aerial photography we configure the solar arrays that will fit on your site’s roof (and nearby land that you own if applicable) including the tilt and azimuth (direction) of these arrays.

We then simulate over fifty solar PV and battery combinations for your site on an hourly basis for a year. We model all systems from zero solar panels and batteries, to the theoretical maximum solar and battery solution. This simulation calculates the capital cost, annual savings and financial return from each commercial solar system – giving you a detailed and thorough business case to help your business make the best decision when it comes to investing in solar.

You can view a summary of results for the site in question, ranked from best to worst, and drill down to see just how each solar system would impact your site’s energy use and costs on an annual, monthly, daily and hourly basis.

Solar Panel Roof Layout
  • Solar 99 kW
  • Battery 0 kWh
  • Cost to Implement $99,880
  • Annual Savings $23,119
  • Payback 4 Years
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Quotes: Get the right price from reliable and rigorously qualified suppliers

Our process is designed to ensure you have project certainty and receive the best value solution from the best suppliers in Australia.

We create an Event Brief that details all the requirements and preferences for your system and details about your site. We then invite our Registered Suppliers to submit quotes on our Beam Commercial Market platform. Our best-practise process ensures exclusions are limited and you can compare apples with apples. Quotes are summarised for you in our platform in an easy to compare format so you can make a decision.

All suppliers on our platform must complete the Supplier Registration, detailing their licenses and accreditations, experience and financial health. We also request referees and these are contacted to provide feedback on the supplier. Any suppliers that don't make the cut are rejected and are not are not on the Beam Commercial platform. As such, we have the utmost confidence in our Registered Suppliers to provide you with quality and value.

Once you have reviewed your received quotes you can accept any of these or shortlist suppliers for Auction.

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Auction: Get the best value with a weighted reverse auction

Our weighted reverse auction process scores all the components that contribute to the value of your system.

When you’re ready to procure commercial solar we run a weighted reverse auction to ensure you get the best value and quality available. Suppliers participate in a live reverse auction with automatic extension in the Beam Market platform.

The auction is configured based on your preferences. Beam defines the technical details of your selected system and you specify any requirements relating to your site and business. Also, you can choose whether to prioritise price or quality for your auction.

Suppliers are then invited to the auction and must attend a mandatory site visit (for systems >100 kW).

Suppliers complete an Auction Qualification questionnaire that includes proposed equipment specifications, warranties, design and installation, project documentation, safety and approvals. All responses are scored and weighted for reverse auction ranking.

The auction takes place in a fifteen-minute window with auto-extend if bids are received in the last two minutes. The auction ends with the top-ranked supplier being successful, ensuring the best value system based on their final bid price and score.

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