Many companies are making the switch to solar energy. Some large companies even have a sustainability committee or executive devoted to exploring renewable energy. Most of us know that solar will be great for the bottom line, not to mention the environment. But that could be where the knowledge stops. Read on to get a stronger grip on what to know before taking the plunge into solar energy.
The Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA) reports that in the last decade, solar has experienced an average annual growth rate of 68%. Largely this is due to the dropping cost of solar panels and installation, and the government’s passage of the Solar Investment Tax Credit. Residential and commercial solar installations are expected to double from 1 million in 2016 to 2 million in 2018. Non-residential solar installation is on the rise, with community solar taking a leading role. Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, Walmart and Amazon have also been in the news for embracing clean technology for their buildings. New Jersey can boast that it’s 5th in the nation when it comes to solar installation.
Here are 7 things it’s important to know before making that first call to a solar company:
1 There is no disruption to your business during or after the transition to renewable energy such as solar. You are connected to the grid at all times.
2 Installing solar panels can increase the value of your business and/or building.
3 New Jersey’s payback period for solar is within 3-4 years of installation. You’ll be able to cover almost 100% of the solar system cost by Federal and State incentive programs. This includes Federal Investment Tax Credits (ITC), an accelerated deprecation program, and the New Jersey incentive of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SERC).
4 The price of a solar energy system can vary dramatically (100% difference) based on the area, equipment used, quality of the installation company. Etc. It’s best to get quotes from multiple vendors before moving forward
5 You don’t need to go out of pocket. Solar companies offer financing solutions – such as a lease – that allow your solar savings and incentives to fund the project.
6 Solar equipment comes with a 25-year warranty and maintenance contracts so that you never have to worry about a broken panel.
7 You are tapping into an unlimited, clean energy source, which is good for our planet and for future generations.
With the right partner guiding you through what can be a complicated process, with multiple partners plying their services and wares, solar can be an incredibly lucrative option, not only for your business, but for our environment.
SolarKal, a solar advisor, was recognized as one of the Top 100 Energy Startups. They were also announced as a winner in New York State’s 76 West Clean Energy Competition. They help New Jersey companies navigate the transition to solar, from the first site visit to the final installation. SolarKal.com