Todae Solar has become a multi-award winning solar installer with an impressive client portfolio and an unwavering commitment to quality, with 2018 being its 15th year in operation.
With over 90MW of commercial solar power installed nationally and some of Australia’s largest MW commercial installations including Parliament House, Stockland, Primo and Ausgrid, Todae Solar is ranked #1 Commercial Solar Installer in Australia*.
CEO Danin Kahn explains the vision and history behind the company:
“In 2006, I acquired an existing online sustainability business founded in 2003. This was the basis of what is now Todae Solar.
At the time solar power was almost non-existent, a nascent industry employing very few people. Todae Solar was initially selling 1kW systems for $15,000-16,000 – a hugely costly 16$/watt compared to today’s national average commercial solar price of $1.20/watt.
When I got involved, the company was simply called Todae and the vision was overall sustainability. At the time, I didn’t clearly anticipate it would be where it is today but it became clear from an entrepreneurial perspective that commercial solar is where the company should be headed, hence in 2009 we re-branded as Todae Solar.
In 2011–2012 we exited all other non-solar business channels, then at the end of 2012, we moved completely over to commercial solar where the business has thrived ever since.
Having delivered increasingly more capacity in each year of operation and this year proving to be no exception so far, we are extremely positive about the future of the company.”
From Strength to Strength
Since the company began to specialise in commercial solar at the end of 2012, Todae Solar has moved from strength to strength, having either won or been nominated as finalists for the Clean Energy Council Design and Installation Awards for six years.
Expertise and national reach has allowed Todae Solar to be awarded Commercial Installer of the Year for the past three years running, 2017 having been verified by SunWiz Solar Industry Intelligence for total system size (75kW+) installations.
How Did We Get Here?
Todae Solar fully recognise that a company is nothing more than the sum of its parts, and for this reason, are extremely proud of a highly skilled team. The sales team, analysts, engineers and project managers work together with clients to design bespoke projects which are price-competitive and deliver quality that is next to none.
From a system design perspective, finding a team of engineers who can design a commercial solar system to such high specifications is difficult. The area in between mass-produced residential-sized solar systems and large utility solar systems, where the focus is scale, is particularly complex. Commercial solar installations often need to be tilted at tricky angles or fit into awkward spaces, depending on the roof space available, and not all engineering teams can deliver these designs.
Project Managers need to be adept at anticipating the impossible, given the logistics involved with many commercial installs, such as high rise buildings in the Sydney CBD, where cranes are impermissible. The project needs to be precisely thought out since delays can impact on cost and comfort of the building’s inhabitants.
Installers with the ability to execute the intricate systems necessary for commercial-scale solar are becoming increasingly high demand. It is therefore no wonder that Todae Solar’s highly skilled installation team allow delivery of the highest quality with optimum performance, eliminating the need for costly repairs later down the line.
Customer satisfaction is core to Todae Solar’s values, with customers consistently returning for additional systems or to extend their current capacity and referrals acting as a primary source of business.
As a testament to self-assurance in the quality of delivery, Todae Solar have recently partnered with Envizi to offer performance monitoring equipment with all solar installations. This demonstrates a confidence that customers will receive exactly what has been promised at the proposal stage.
The Todae Solar client portfolio is extremely diverse and demonstrates the breadth as well as the depth of knowledge and experience, working with customers to deliver custom designs that maximise energy output according to their needs.
Todae Solar is proud to celebrate 15 years of operation and look forward to many more as the solar market is growing faster than ever before.
With electricity prices at an all-time high and federal subsidies still in place, there has never been a better time to install solar. Contact one of our senior consultants to find out if your organisation can benefit from installing solar.