HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST SOLAR PROVIDER FOR YOUR PROJECT
You have questions or concerns about choosing the right solar company to handle your projects. We have answers.
Last week saw the bankruptcy of SunEdison, one of the largest solar companies in the world. This news might make you feel nervous if you are considering a solar installation for your home or commercial space, but worry not - there are some easy steps you can take to ensure you choose a solar company that can provide the service you need for the lifetime of your installation.
Quality O&M Services Maximize Commercial Solar ROI
The prodigious growth of solar power in the United States has turned what was once a boutique industry into a multibillion-dollar asset class. With gigawatts now in play, this burgeoning stable of solar asset investments needs to be properly operated, maintained and managed. Commercial solar system owners, building hosts and other stakeholders require professional operations and maintenance (O&M) services for each solar project to realize its full value potential.
The number of U.S. businesses with solar energy installations grew to a new high in 2015. Enterprises ranging from family-run companies to some of the country’s biggest corporations are producing their own energy, cutting operating expenses, and achieving environmental sustainability. A recent report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) provides data and insights into the diverse mix of corporate offices, office buildings, retail, manufacturing, data centers, distribution and logistics centers, and convention centers that have gone solar.
Combining solar and energy storage can generate significant value for commercial energy customers. Due to technology improvements and cost reductions, installing storage with solar can maximize energy savings potential and, with innovative financing solutions, it can be accomplished without using valuable capex dollars.
2015 was another record-breaking year for REC Solar. Before we turn our focus entirely to 2016, I’d like to reflect on the path we’ve travelled and recognize those who made it possible. Here’s my “top 10 list” of reasons we’re thankful and excited for the New Year:
CONGRESS EXTENDS SOLAR INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT FOR FIVE YEARS
Great news for businesses looking to go solar! On the heels of the landmark global climateagreement in Paris, the U.S. Congress voted to extend the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar energy investments by five years. This decision will help thousands of businesses across America achieve savings and sustainability with advanced solar technology.
If you work at a manufacturing center, logistics hub, or warehouse operation, the value of installing a solar energy system has never been stronger.Escalating utility rates and decreasing solar system costs, in addition to attractive local and national incentives, have led hundreds of American manufacturers to embrace solar energy to reduce operating expenses, limit cost variability, and demonstrate environmental sustainability.
WINTER IS COMING: OPERATING AND MAINTAINING COMMERCIAL SOLAR PV SYSTEMS IN SNOWY CONDITIONS
A well-constructed commercial solar system is highly resilient to extreme weather conditions; however, heavy snow combined with high winds could dampen the energy production of a PV array and possibly damage a system’s structure and components. A well-organized solar O&M program can help avoid or rectify issues caused by the hands of Mother Nature.
Now is the Time for Businesses to Go Solar and Realize the Full 30% ITC
A decline in the solar ITC would make it more challenging for businesses and large organizations to tackle their electric bills, achieve sustainability goals, and modernize their operations. We hope to see it extended. However, given the uncertainty on the horizon, now is the time to act to ensure that your business takes full advantage of the solar ITC and maximizes ROI on your solar project.
CASTORO CELLARS PAIRS WINEMAKING & SOLAR POWER FOR A WINNING BLEND
California’s Central Coast wine region ranks as one of the top viticultural areas on the planet, with more than 300 wineries spread across the area’s rolling hills and lush valleys. A growing number of local winemakers’ share a commitment to sustainability, which includes investing in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that offset electricity costs with the same clean energy source that gives life to their vineyards.
WHAT DOES HAWAII’S NET METERING CLOSURE MEAN FOR COMMERCIAL SOLAR?
The closure of net metering in Hawaii adds new complexity and considerations for local businesses seeking to go solar. We’re here to help. Even with the change in the NEM program, commercial solar can still help businesses to save money and show a strong environmental commitment to the community.
SUPERMARKETS TAKE A BITE OUT OF HIGH ENERGY COSTS BY GOING SOLAR
One of the biggest challenges facing supermarket proprietors is managing and controlling operational costs. Increasingly, supermarkets and other large, energy-intensive retailers are turning to solar to cut their electricity costs as well as reduce their carbon footprint and strengthen their sustainability programs.
WINDSET FARMS HARVESTS THE SUN & SAVES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
Windset Farms recently commissioned REC Solar to install a 1 MW flat-rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array built on its shipping and packing building. Completed and interconnected to the grid in August 2015, the solar system now generates an estimated 1,662,100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy annually, saving the company more than $245,000 per year in electricity costs.
THE PERFECT STORM: WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO SEIZE THE 30% COMMERCIAL SOLAR CREDIT
Although the 30% business investment tax credit (ITC) for installing solar expires at the end of 2016, the window for taking advantage of the ITC is actually much sooner. Unless Congress extends the ITC—which is an open question at this time—business owners should begin planning now for solar projects to be completed by the end of 2016.
It’s hot in Bakersfield, California, especially during the summer months when temperatures regularly hit 110 degrees. But as The Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport is discovering, the sun also has its advantages for reducing utility costs and increasing customer acquisition and satisfaction when the hotel goes solar.