Monday 12th of March 2018 3:05 PM

Solar can definitely help your business save money if your utility is Southern California Edison and your bill is divided a certain way between the electric charge itself and the demand charges. According to Energy Sage, on average businesses with solar panels offset their electricity use by 75.3%. Of course, you have to own your building and purchase your panels.

And contrary to some perceptions, solar ins't expensive. In fact, Energy Sage reports that businesses generally pay off their solar panels within three to seven years and a business can enjoy free, clean electricity for the life of their solar investment, which currently averages between 25 and 35 years.

Just like individuals, businesses are eligible for a 30% Federal Tax Credit. Additionally, a business may be able to write off another 30% of the net system cost on their taxes through the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS).

Can't afford to purchase a solar system? If your installation is large enough, financing may be available in the form of a Power Purchase Agreement, or PPA. In that scenario, your solar company, like Renova, finds companies willing to finance the equipment and installation, and then contract with your business to purchase all the electricity that the system produces for a set amount of time. The energy rate will be lower than what you would have paid otherwise, but enough to cover the payback costs of the equipment and installation for the financing company.

If your roof isn't suitable for solar because of its orientation, shading or a large number of protusions like HVAC systems, if the system is large enough and the numbers work, it can make sense to have the solar panels on an elevated ground mount, or carport structure, like the one that Renova installed at The River at Rancho Mirage. Then a business has the benefits of money-saving solar and shade for employees and customer vehicles. And while saving money is the most obvious benefit, going solar shows customers that your business is committed to sustainability, attracting environmentally-minded customers and top talent.


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