Customer story: Ripe for the picking: saving sooner with Energy Ease

Customer story: Ripe for the picking: saving sooner with Energy Ease

As the name would suggest, SA Tomato is a South Australian supplier of (you guessed it) tomatoes! Based in Virginia, SA Tomato grows beautiful, hydroponic produce which it supplies to New South Wales and Victorian wholesalers.

You’ll find their tomatoes at major supermarkets including Aldi and Woolworths.

Back in 2019, owner Oriana Petsios decided something needed to be done about the skyrocketing energy bills.

“Our energy bill for 2018-2019 was $65,000,” Oriana tells us. “It was a major cost for us.”

The business case for switching to solar was simple. “Wayne at Kozco made it all very clear, there was no question it was the right thing to do.”

The issue for SA Tomato was cash flow. “It would have been a huge pressure on the business to pay for solar upfront,” Oriana explains.

“A payment plan meant we could switch to solar straight away without impacting our capital”

The solution

Solar Installer Kozco introduced Oriana to Energy Ease payment plans, and the rest, as they say, is history!

“Signing up to a payment plan meant we could switch to solar straight away without impacting our capital,” says Oriana. “The process to sign up was just so quick and easy! It was a really seamless experience.”

The business win

SA Tomato saw the financial savings instantly.

“We signed up with Energy Ease in May 2019, which means we had solar for about half that year. Our energy bill dropped from $65,000 to $44,000 which is amazing,” Oriana tells us.

“Our first full year of solar we are on track for a $30,000 bill!”

After switching to solar, SA Tomato has more than halved the cost of their energy usage.

Would SA Tomato recommend an Energy Ease payment plan?

“Absolutely! The savings on our energy bill are more than our Energy Ease payments, so the solar system is paying for itself via the savings.” The results speak for themselves. “We’ve set ourselves up for huge savings in the long term. It just makes business sense.”

Project details
99.4KW Solar System
• 280 REC panels
• 4 Fronius inverters

Integrator partner
Kosco Energy Group

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