Is Commercial Solar Right for Your Organization?

January 31, 2017

 

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If you’re thinking about investing in a new commercial solar panel installation, you’re in good company. Private businesses, public entities (like government agencies), and educational institutions of all shapes and sizes benefit from this clean, renewable source of electricity every day. 

But is a commercial solar system the right solution for you? 

Answering the questions below will help you determine whether your organization is a good match for commercial solar. 

Let’s get started.

Organizations can “go green” while saving money with a commercial solar systemDo you want to “go green”?

Want to do your part for ecology? Maybe your organization has some specific alternative energy goals to become more sustainable? Or perhaps you’re trying to implement a more socially responsible business model? All of the above? 

YES?Continue to the next section

NO?: Answer the question directly below

Is your goal to save money?

Is cost reduction a priority? Not everyone understands that clean, renewable commercial solar power has the potential to reduce their energy costs.

YES?Continue to the next section

NO?Go to STOP

 

 

Renewable energy incentives play a role in determining whether a commercial solar panel installation makes senseAre your energy rates high and/or unpredictable?

The price of commodity-dependent electricity sources like oil, coal and natural gas fluctuate greatly and can result in high business energy costs.

YES?Continue to the next section

NO?: Answer the question directly below

Are there strong incentives for going solar in your state?

Solar renewable energy credits (SRECs), federal investment tax credits (ITCs) and other local renewable power incentives can help reduce the initial investment when going solar.

YES?Continue to the next section

NO?Go to STOP

 

 

Commercial solar equipment can be installed onsite or offsite, depending on available spaceDo you have the space?

It could be on a rooftop, in an open field or as a carport, but the solar equipment needs to go somewhere.

YES?Continue to the next section

NO?: Answer the question directly below

Can you access electricity generated outside your local power grid?

It may make sense to build your commercial solar panel installation offsite, if it’s possible, to transfer electrical power from one utility’s service area to another’s (a process known as wheeling). This one takes proper regulatory support but could be an option if onsite installation isn’t possible. If you’re unsure, an energy consultant or your prospective solar provider should be able to help you answer this one.

YES?Continue to the next section

NO?Go to STOP

 

 

Some local utility companies may offer net metering, which can reduce electricity costsIs net metering available?

If your local utility supports net metering*, you’ll be able to send your surplus solar energy back into the grid—reducing or potentially offsetting your electricity costs entirely.

YES?: Good news! See what’s next.

NO?Go to STOP

 

 


*Utility credits and incentives vary depending on your location, and occasionally change. Check out the dsireusa.org website—a great resource with detailed solar policy information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sun is a source of unlimited renewable energy that can benefit your organization

 

Congratulations!

It looks like your organization could be a good match for the benefits of commercial solar power. See the SunPower Business Feed for lots more information.

Or if you’re ready to talk to someone now, click the orange “Get Started” button at the top of the page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even if commercial solar energy isn’t right for you at this time, don’t stop trying to pursue green business practices

 

We're sorry

It’s not looking like a commercial solar solution is right for you at this time. You might consider another type of renewable energy, or you can visit the SunPower Business Feed to learn more about other sustainability options for your organization.

 

Contact a SunPower Solar Advisor: 1-800-SUNPOWER

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