Apartment Owners

The SolShare is the world’s first solution to connect rooftop solar directly to apartments within the same building. Finally, there’s an opportunity for apartment owners to enjoy the numerous benefits of solar power, including: reduced electricity bills, energy independence, and lower carbon footprint.

The SolShare monitors when an apartment is using energy and will direct solar power to it to reduce electricity bills as much as possible. This optimisation can increase the amount of solar you use by up to 50%, meaning less reliance on expensive grid power and higher savings.

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How it works

The SolShare is a distribution box that can direct solar energy to multiple apartments behind-the-meter simultaneously. It optimises the solar delivery based on who needs the energy at any point in time, while also ensuring that every apartment receives the same amount of solar over the course of each month.

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Benefits for you

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Reduced Electricity Bills
The SolShare can reduce
electricity bills by up to 40%
– and even more with batteries

Optimised System
Every apartment receives the
same amount of solar but it’s
automatically delivered when it’s
going to save the most money.

Reduced Carbon Footprint
Whenever you’re using solar, less
carbon emissions are being
pumped into the atmosphere

Increased Property Value
Installing solar on your home is
proven to increase its value

Not every apartment has to sign up

Hear what residents say about getting a SolShare:

How do I get a SolShare System?

There are 2 different methods of buying the system and getting a SolShare system installed on your building.

Community-owned shared solar

You and your neighbours buy into the SolShare system together and enjoy free solar energy whenever you use it, saving up to 40% on your energy bills.
The SolShare will ensure that the same amount of solar is delivered to each apartment over the course of each month but it will deliver the solar when you need it, saving up to 50% more than if you had an individual system.

As a guide price, the system will likely cost between $2,000 – $3,000 per apartment. If you’re interested in this option, one of the most important steps is to speak with your neighbours about the solution, let them know the rough cost and understand the level of interest as early as possible.

The system is owned by the owners corporation.
• Some or all of the owners can buy into the system, bypassing the naysayers
• The common light and power can also be connected, to save there too
• Optimised and even solar delivery – saving you the most amount of money

Solar + Grid energy package – no upfront cost

Your Owners Corporation signs up the supply of common light and power to one of our energy retailer partners. The energy retailer partner will then install a SolShare solar system at no upfront cost.
Any resident that signs up to the retailer will not only get solar without having to pay for the hardware, but will experience the convenience of having one bill for grid electricity and solar.

The system is owned and maintained by a specialise energy retailer.
• No upfront cost to the residents
• Opt-in basis
• No long-term contracts for the residents
• Cheaper electricity bills and lower your carbon footprint

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Case studies

Bulimba, Queensland

Waterline Crescent apartments is an airy strata-titled apartment complex of 18 residences overlooking the Brisbane River just northeast of the Brisbane CBD. The body corporate decided to retrofit solar panels to improve the sustainability of the building, and chose Allume’s SolShare technology to connect solar to each apartment.

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Brunswick East, Victoria

This mixed-use building comprises eight apartments and two ground-floor shops which all share one rooftop solar installation.

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Botany, New South Wales

Botany Apartments is a community comprising 23 upmarket townhouses and 4 apartments that embraced smart energy technologies including shared solar.

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Bayview, New South Wales

This apartment complex comprising multiple buildings overlooks beautiful Pittwater in Sydney’s north. In 2020 the apartment community decided to install rooftop solar to reduce electricity bills and dependence on the grid.

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Tullamore Folia, Doncaster, Victoria

Committed to creating sustainable living environments for residents to enjoy, Mirvac have implemented forefront technology in Folia allowing the Prestige and Penthouse Apartment residents to share a single set of solar panels and distribute solar power in a manner that optimises the financial benefit to all connected residences.

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There’re a few things I’m excited about: obviously cheaper bills, it makes our building stand out and to be more eco-conscious.

- Sam, Owner Occupier

We are hearing from our residents that they don’t need to worry about electricity bills to keep warm in winter as they have accumulated some savings from spring to autumn.”

- Ravi Koneru, Assets Coordinator, Housing Choices Australia

We’ll be helping contribute to getting renewable energy, so for environmental reasons that’s really great… Also the owners and the residents are able to save money.

- Kerry Ko, Apartment resident, Brunswick East

Frequently Asked Questions

No. The beauty of the SolShare is that it can be connected to whoever is interested. So, if there are 30 apartments but only 15 want solar, the 15 of you can buy your own SolShare solar system. The most important thing to do is speak to the other owners as soon as possible to see who is interested.

This is a tricky one… They can sometimes. It all depends on if there are any spare connections left. The best solution is for everyone who’s interested to join the system at the beginning.

Yes, any connection can be added to a SolShare system, including the common light and power.

The SolShare comes with an industry standard 10-year warranty.

The SolShare delivers solar under a ‘fair-share’ algorithm. The SolShare monitors how much energy each apartment is using (energy demand) and sends solar to where it’s needed, maximising the savings for everyone in the building. However, to make sure that everything’s fair, the SolShare logs how much solar’s been delivered to each unit and if it identifies that a unit has received more than the others it will start to reduce the amount of solar that it sends to that unit until the others have caught up.

Yes, batteries can be included in the system. Even better, because the SolShare is a shared system, your batteries will also be shared. This means that rather than needing to buy an expensive battery for every connected unit, you simply by a communal battery that everyone uses when they need it. This greatly increases their value for money.

Every SolShare installation is unique. Once we have gained the relevant information from you, we will introduce you to one of our certified SolShare installation partners. They will be able to talk you through what is most suitable for your building.

Typically, the SolShare is suitable for apartment buildings that have between 6 and 60 apartments. However, there are some cases when it is possible to get a shared solar system for buildings over 60 units if not everyone wants to sign up or it’s a complex with 2 or more buildings. Send us an enquiry and we will be happy to see if our technology is suitable for your apartment building.

If your electricity meters are all located in one location on common property, then yes you can. If your electricity meter is located within your townhouse then, unfortunately, you can’t use a SolShare system. All is not lost though because with a meter inside your building, you should be able to install your own private solar system.

The main switchboard is the place in your building where the energy from the grid is divided up and sent to your apartments. It’s typically located in the same place or very close to your electricity meters and is usually labelled.

As with all solar installations, every connected unit must have a smart electricity meter. If the apartments don’t have smart meters, don’t worry. Our certified SolShare Installation Partners will be able to guide you through upgrading. Residents can also contact their energy retailer directly and upgrade the meters in advance.

Every connected unit will receive feed-in tariff payment for any solar they don’t use.
The SolShare ensures that the same quantity of solar is delivered to each connected unit over the course of each month. It works hard to deliver each unit’s solar when they are using power and therefore when they’re going to save the most amount of money. However, if this is not possible and more solar is being delivered than can be consumed then it will be exported to the grid and your retailer will buy it off you.

Installing solar onto an apartment does more than just reduce the electricity bills. Studies have shown that property prices increase significantly when they have solar power. Landlords specifically report having less vacancy and increased longevity of tenants.

No. Residents can stay with their existing retailer, or to choose to change to another one. They can also access any market protections provided for vulnerable electricity customers, if applicable.

There are a number of factors in determining this, the main one being how much energy you use. But on average, a 40% reduction in grid energy usage can be achieved. This is increased further if batteries are included. See our cases studies for more information on price and payback.

Allume Energy is working to deploy a portal with third parties that can can help end users to adjust habits to maximise the benefits of the solar energy and reduce bills even further.

Contact us to learn more and get a SolShare.
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