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Why Now Is the Time to Put Solar on Your Commercial Building

Why Now Is the Time to Put Solar on Your Commercial Building

There are many compelling reasons to go solar, with the primary benefit being utility bill savings. Installing a Solar PV system is a financial decision.

Each additional photovoltaic (PV) panel that you install helps to offset your monthly electricity spending. As you add more panels, those savings continue to grow. And with a large enough PV system, it’s possible to slash your utility bill to $0.

This is especially true if you enroll in net energy metering (NEM).

Under this program your utility provider is required to compensate you for any solar electricity you feed into the grid. Solar is an investment that already pays for itself very quickly. But thanks to incentives like NEM, many customers are able to dramatically speed up their solar payback periods and boost the returns on their clean power investments.

Other Reasons to Go Solar

As a result of these savings and guaranteed ROIs, going solar is a wise business decision. But there are other benefits as well, including:

  • Environmental savings. Each additional kilowatt of solar PV power brings your business even larger carbon offsets. And besides, going green is the right thing to do.
  • Energy reliability. Depending on your industry, you may require 24/7 uninterrupted access to electricity. This is why many supermarkets, data centers, and hospitals combine their solar panels with on-site batteries storage. They never have to worry about grid failures again.
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR). Consumers increasingly care about the environment and prefer doing business with corporate stakeholders who feel the same way. Installing panels on your commercial property sends a powerful message that you take sustainability very seriously.

Why Every Business Should Go Solar – TODAY

The above benefits are all great reasons to go solar someday. But why should you consider installing panels now – as in today?

There are actually several reasons why delaying your solar purchase is a mistake:

  • Many companies put off going solar with the hopes of securing cheaper prices in the future. What they fail to consider are the utility bills they’ll have to pay as they wait. If you delay your purchase a year, for example, the total cost of your PV installation must also include those 12 extra months of electricity statements.
  • Using solar to improve your corporate image can help distinguish you immediately. This can be extremely useful if you’re in a competitive market. Let your rivals play catch-up as you win more customers and pay lower bills in the meantime.

But there’s an even more important reason why you shouldn’t delay going solar – i.e. incentives.

Subsidies like solar tax credits, net energy metering, and state rebates are all designed to reward early adopters:

  • Most of these programs pay out diminishing benefits over time – like California’s now defunct rebate program.
  • Others have hard deadlines and expire overnight – like the federal solar tax credit.

Either way, none of these incentives will be around forever. And by delaying your solar investment, you’ll end up paying full price for an installation that could’ve been heavily subsidized.

You can have lower bills, happier clients, and a smaller carbon footprint – all at deeply discounted pricing.

But only if you act now.

To learn how we can help you claim these solar power benefits, contact us today for a free consultation.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I have researched adding PV to my home for several years and have met with several PV providers in the KC area and they tend to fall into two broad categories, the new and low budget operators who got into this to ride the wave and are not that knowledgeable, and the commercial providers who have little interest in working with a homeowner and are geared to providing a much larger system where some economy of scale must come into play. Both my wife and I are architects and we wanted something different and it was challenging to find someone who was interested in doing something out of the ordinary. Neither or those types were interested in working with us as we were trying to create something a bit different. they each wanted to sell us their pre-configured solutions.

 

Fortunately we found Bob Solger. He has been a delight to work with and is incredibly knowledgeable and responsive. We wanted to create a solar carport that would provide cover and protection for our cars, but would also provide shade over part of our patio. In essence, the big idea was to create an outdoor pavilion, when, if we wanted to entertain we could move the cars out of the way and have a large covered area for an outdoor gathering. We had selected the Lumos brand of solar panels as they have a very clean look and are partially transparent so some light filters through the panels creating a mottled light pattern on the ground, similar to the shading from a tree. In addition, the system is set up to hide the majority of the connecting wires in the support beams so when you look up at the underside of the PV roof you see a very clean look. Bob recognized our goal and worked with us to ensure the project’s success. Bob identified a structural engineer to design an elegant support structure and found a fabricator to build it affordably. Finally he connected us with a contracting team to clear the space, provide the footings, retaining walls, and pad, who were every bit as careful with everything as you would hope. They were amazingly accommodating to every request and understood that there were a lot of competing challenges that needed to be resolved so we could fit this all in to a very tight location and make it look like it belongs.

 

The bottom line is that it all turned out better than we could have hoped and while it did cost more than the low ball bids received from some of the low budget operators, it was less than the commercially focused suppliers, and more importantly we got the design we wanted and a well-constructed PV carport that will give us great delight for years to come. The best part is of course the savings on our electric bill, which thus far has been averaging around $200/month. So not only do we have a new carport and entertainment patio that our neighbors have been stopping by and admiring (which given that we live in the older Brookside neighborhood and our PV carport is quite modern, we were much relieved) but, our electric bills have been in the under $10/month range.

 

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Bob and his knowledge and team for helping to create an amazing PV carport for us. I’m sure you would be delighted with whatever you engage him to help you with.

Dev & Sue Malik

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