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.
Their tomatoes are stocked 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.”
99.4KW Solar System
280 REC panels
4 Fronius inverters
Kosco Energy Group
The issue for SA Tomato was cash flow. “It would have been a huge pressure on the business to pay for solar up front,” Oriana explains.
Solar Installer Kozco introduced Oriana to Smart 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.”
After starting the payment plan, SA Tomato saw the financial savings instantly.
“We signed up with Smart Ease in May 2019, which means we had solar for about half that year. Our energy bill dropped from £38,000 to £25,000 which is amazing,” Oriana tells us.
“For our first full year of solar we are on track for a £17,000 bill.”
After switching to solar, SA Tomato has more than halved the cost of their energy usage.
Would SA Tomato recommend an Snart Ease payment plan?
“Absolutely! The savings on our energy bill are more than our Smart 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.”