Lower Electric Bills – adding a solar system, with or without a battery storage system, can drastically lower your electric bills and even eliminate them altogether if sized properly.
Amazing Return on Investment (ROI) – solar panels produce electricity from the most reliable source of energy – the Sun. Solar systems continue to produce electricity for decades often paying for themselves many times over.
Prevent Energy Price Increases – utility companies have historically raised the price they charge for electricity from the grid. Once the system is paid for, the electricity produced is free and protected from price increases.
Increase Property Value and Marketability – studies show that solar systems add value to properties and owners are more than recovering their costs when they sell. Also, properties are selling quicker with solar systems than properties without.
Freedom to Choose Where Your Energy Comes From – you finally have a choice and can determine if you want your energy coming from clean, affordable, sustainable, sources like solar and wind – or from unsafe, environmentally harmful sources.
Support Local Economy and Environment – the solar industry is rapidly increasing and adding jobs in your area from energy produced locally.
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Leaders from around the world have gathered in Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), with the goal of negotiating a binding, universal agreement on measures to reduce human-caused climate change.
These world leaders will try to build consensus on measures to bring Earth’s temperatures down to 3.6 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Though it won’t be easy, the assembled business leaders, policymakers and heads of state believe it’s critical to the survival of the planet that these actions be embraced by every country. While we can’t predict what the outcome of these negotiations will be, it’s clear the United States must lead on this issue—and that’s where you can act for your business, no matter what happens at COP 21.
According to expert estimates, the U.S. has approximately 50 billion square feet of commercial rooftop space, about 25 percent of which is suitable for solar installations. If you assume a production capacity of around 10 watts per square foot, those commercial rooftops could produce nearly 125 GW of clean power—nearly seven times what’s currently installed in the entire U.S.
A commercial rooftop is defined as a rooftop that’s not on a residence; in other words, the definition covers markets that you wouldn’t traditionally think of as commercial. For example, solar serves retailers, farmers, hospitality, businesses, office complexes, hospitals, warehouses, government and schools—and that’s not even a complete list.
Leading national consumers of commercial solar like Apple, Google, IKEA and Walmart have already realized that solar installations reduce utility bills and cut carbon emissions, and they’ve invested heavily in putting solar arrays on buildings throughout their operations.
So how much can your business make a difference in terms of carbon reductions if you install solar panels? That answer depends on many factors, but let’s be clear: Every reduction in carbon-based energy counts for our planet. For the sake of simplicity, here are three scenarios for three solar installations:
If you install a 1 MW solar array on the roof of your Southern California business, each year you’ll reduce carbon emissions that are the equivalent of 100,000 gallons of gas consumed or 963,000 pounds of coal burned.
A 750 kW system each year eliminates carbon emissions equivalent to 75,000 gallons of gas consumed or 722,000 pounds of coal burned.
A 500 kW system each year eliminates carbon emissions equivalent to 50,000 gallons of gas consumed or 481,000 pounds of coal burned.
(Calculations based on equivalence data from the Environmental Protection Agency)
Putting a solar system on your business isn’t only about protecting the environment. After all, installing a solar system is a business investment and, like any other investment, you should expect a return. A solar installation could help you reduce your utility bills: the exact amount that you’ll be able to save will depend on a number of factors, including which utility serves you, its electricity rates and your business’ energy consumption. In addition, a commercial solar installation would serve as a powerful demonstration of your company’s commitment to sustainability and climate change.
The Bottom Line
As world leaders find common ground to break the international impasse on bringing human-induced climate change under control, let them know how serious you are about climate change by making a difference in your own company and local communities. Installing a solar array is a good first step to providing future generations with a livable planet.
Sustainable Development (SD) must be our way of living today and moving forward. Wikipedia explains Sustainable Development as: ‘a process for meeting human development goals while maintaining the ability of natural systems to continue to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depend.’ Do a Google search and you’ll see there are many different definitions for Sustainable Development. Since I like to keep things simple, we’ll break down Sustainable Development in Three Simple Ways:
Environment; ecosystem, ecology, earth.
We rely on earth and her ecosystems for life (air, water, food, shelter, etc.). Therefore, as Earths dependents, we must all work together to always consider her and protect her and the natural resources she offers us.
Society; us, humanity, social equality.
We rely on earths natural resources (food, water, air, shelter) for survival and must, at all costs, protect and replenish her natural ecosystems while being mindful of humanities societal needs today and for future generations. We, most of humanity, has also come to rely on our economic system and many of us are working toward economic growth for ourselves.
Economy; economic growth.
Economies are created and ran by humanity. We know that humanity (society) depends on earth. Therefore our economy must also depend on Earth and her many natural resources. One definition of economic growth is, ‘an increase in the amount of goods and services produced per head of the population over a period of time.’ Economic growth must be re-defined and re-purposed being mindful of our environment(s) and maintaining and replenishing earths natural resources and ecosystems. The updated definition of ‘economic growth’ should also consider an improved quality of life with less resource consumption and waste.
Sustainable development, simply put, is the process of meeting humanities survival needs (air, water, food, shelter) while maintaining and replenishing the environment and all of earths natural resources and ecosystems to improve human quality of life with decreased resource consumption balancing toward social equality.
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Investing in a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can be the single best investment that an Apartment Complex owner will ever make. Solar will provide the apartment complex owner with a serious competitive advantage over other apartment complex competitors that do not invest in solar. All apartment complex owners that do not invest in solar today will be forced pay higher and higher prices for electricity as the electric utility companies continue to increase their electricity rates as the cost for coal and gas increase and carbon taxes are implemented by the federal government.
Top 10 Reasons to Install Solar Panels on Apartment Complex Rooftops:
Solar provides apartment complex owners with a competitive edge:
Installing solar power on apartment complex rooftops provides building owners with a competitive edge
There are many advantages of installing solar power on apartment complex rooftops, but the #1 reason that an apartment complex owner should install solar is because it will give their apartment complex a huge competitive advantage as utility electricity rate hikes continue to drive monthly electricity bills higher and higher. In 15 year’s time, the apartment complex owner that installs solar will be paying the same amount for electricity every year. But the apartment complex owner across the street will probably see their electricity costs double or triple in less than 15 years. Most apartment complex owners can either pass this savings onto their tenants or significantly increase their profit margins compared to the competition.
Solar provides apartment complex owners with free electricity:
Installing solar power on apartment complex rooftops produces free electricity
Using an apartment complex rooftop to produce your own free electricity is hard to beat. Imagine how much money you would save each month if you did not have to pay your apartment complex’s electricity bill. And most apartment complex owners have large parking lots too. Why not install solar in the parking lots and provide your customers with shaded parking covers?
Solar protects apartment complex owners against electricity rate hikes:
Installing solar power on apartment complex rooftops protects against electricity rate hikes for 25 years
Typical electricity rates increase an average of 6% a year. A solar power panel is guaranteed to produce free electricity for 25 years, but many solar panels last 30-40 years. To see why free electricity is important, build an excel spreadsheet that multiplies your current electricity bill by 6% each year for the next 25 years. At a 6% increase per year, a $1,000 monthly electric will increase to more than $3,820 per month in 25 years. Why not protect your apartment complex against future electric rate hikes?
Solar allows apartment complex owners to sell electricity for a profit:
Installing solar power on apartment complex rooftops allows owners to sell electricity to their tenants
If your apartment complex has tenants, then you can sell your clean green electricity for a profit. Your tenants would be happy to buy electricity from you instead of the utility company if you give them a 10% discount. Installing solar power on the apartment complex rooftop is similar to installing ATM machines that significantly improve your monthly cash flow. If the apartment complex has no tenants, the apartment complex owner has the option sell the electricity back to the utility through Arizona’s Net Metering policy.
Solar provides apartment complex owners with MACRS depreciation and huge tax write-offs:
Installing solar power on apartment complex rooftops provides MACRS depreciation and huge tax write-offs
If your apartment complex has a tax liability problem and is looking for a great tax write-off, solar is a great way to take advantage of a 30% federal tax credit and any state tax credit that might be available. MACRS depreciation allows apartment complex owners to depreciate a large percentage of the system cost in the first year of operation. You may not understand the math, but when your accountant reviews the numbers, they may wonder why you had not made this investment sooner.
Solar protects apartment complex owners against power outages:
Installing solar power on apartment complex rooftops provides protection against power outages
Like diesel backup generators, solar power array can provide electricity when the regular grid has an outage. Electricity can be stored in batteries, large capacitors, flywheels and other types of devices that store energy until it is needed during an emergency or when the sun goes down. The first thing that is usually flown to a tornado, hurricane or earthquake disaster scene is a solar power telecommunications and water purification trailer. If safety is a concern, solar power can provide a fantastic source of emergency power, communications and water purifications for your tenants and employees.
Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) can be sold by apartment complex owners for a profit:
Installing solar power on apartment complex rooftops allows owners to sell their solar RECs for a profit
As the world becomes more and more concerned with air pollution and water usage, utility companies are facing regulations that mandate producing a percentage of their electric power from renewable energy sources. Many utilities will not be able to meet their Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and will be forced to buy RECs from independent power producers. Investing in RECs now can provide a very lucrative return on investment as energy consumption continues to increase and taxing carbon-based power production moves into mainstream regulatory public policy. See this link for more information on SREC trading: www.srectrade.com
Solar saves the utility companies billions of dollars in reduced fuel and power purchase costs:
Solar requires no fuel and produces power where it is actually needed
A recent research study, the RW Beck Distributed Renewable Energy Operating Impact Research Study, sponsored by Arizona’s largest electric utility company shows that a high penetration level of solar can save a lot of money on the cost to produce electricity. The study illustrates how heavy deployments of solar can save APS approximately $3 billion over the next 15 years by reducing fuel costs, reducing power purchases, reducing operations and maintenance, reducing capital expenditures and reducing the amount of power needed to be generated for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.
“Going Solar” is the best way for apartment complex owners to reduce their carbon footprint:
Installing solar power on apartment complex rooftops provides great publicity for reducing pollution
In addition to saving money, creating jobs, and creating economic development, the best thing about solar power is that it produces zero air pollution. When global warming is a growing problem facing the world installing solar power is one of the best ways for apartment complex owners to reduce their carbon footprint and in the process save a lot of money on future apartment complex electric bills.
“Going Green” with solar power generates very positive PR publicity:
Installing solar power on apartment complex rooftops provides great publicity for “Going Green”
The local newspaper, TV stations and trade publications like to cover companies that are good stewards for the local community they serve. Installing solar power on apartment complex rooftops is a good way to provide leadership and help migrate as many residential and commercial customers to solar power. It also creates a lot of green collar jobs and installation revenue that can be injected back into the local economy as solar installation companies spend money on office space, a fleet of trucks and the supplies they need to install solar power arrays.
Electricity from solar modules can be produced anywhere on the planet, as long as the sun shines on it. Solar modules are deployed around the globe today and being used in all different types of situations, locations, and for many purposes.
One of the many benefits of solar energy is that the electricity that the system produces from the Sun is FREE. So if you’re already paying a monthly electric bill to the utility company, instead pay that same money to yourself and invest in a solar system.
Solar Modules were originally used to produce clean, renewable energy. Now they’re “multi-tasking” and are being asked to serve as vehicle shade structures, architectural building enhancements, overhead shelters, replacing building construction materials, to cover unsightly conditions, etc. Photovoltaic panels are popping up everywhere and we’re only at the beginning of the solar energy production revolution.
When considering going solar and changing from brown, dirty energy to clean, green energy, make sure to review all of your options. Every site, building, facility has a unique location and situation. A professional solar developer like AirUs Energy considers all of this as well as the products available on the global solar market to provide custom design solar solutions.
How solar power has changed over the last 10 years
Solar power is in a tremendously different place today than it was in 10 years ago. Below are a handful of impressive stats about solar power’s growth, as well as some general stats about solar energy potential that are also quite noteworthy.
1. Even yearly energy potential from sunshine dwarfs total energy potential from any other source.
The annual energy potential from solar energy is 23,000 TWy. Energy potential from total recoverable reserves of coal is 900 TWy. For petroleum, it’s 240 TWy; and for natural gas, it’s 215 TWy. Wind energy’s yearly energy potential is 25–70 TWy.
Those are some of the most impressive solar energy facts and charts I’ve seen, but please let us know if there are some big ones you think I’m missing.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post written by Zachary Shahan, editor of CleanTechnica and Planetsave.The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect or represent the views of ABB or its employees.
If you’re paying attention to the skyline then you’ve seen solar pv arrays being used to provide clean, renewable energy popping up everywhere. Many homeowners and business owners have made the switch from fossil fuels to solar power, but even the smallest of energy users (see photo left) are also making the move.
Solar Energy can be used anywhere on Earth the sun shines. We use it to provide energy in remote locations where the ‘grid’ cannot reach as well as in ‘grid’ connected areas to help offset some of the utility company electrical demands. A solar electric system in conjunction with battery back-up can produce clean, renewable energy throughout the day which can be distributed anytime, even during the utility companies peak charge times to save the most. The solar lighting system installed at the Venice Beach Art Walls includes a battery back-up system at each light which allows the entire area to shine all night completely off the electrical grid.
Keep traveling a little farther north along the bike path and you’ll find the Santa Monica Pier. Take a closer look (see pic below) and you’ll see a solar PV array helping push the roller coaster and ferris wheel along. This solar system does not cover all the power required to run the Santa Monica Pier, however one of the many benefits of a solar system is it’s easily expandable. As us about our proposal to take the Santa Monica Pier completely off the utility grid…
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On December 5, 2013, President Barack Obama issued a Memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies to increase their development and use of new renewable energy sources.
With respect to renewable energy, the President increased the current goal of having at least 7.5 percent of the electrical energy consumed by an agency be renewable energy by 2020 (as established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005) to 20 percent by 2020, with a ramp up starting with 10 percent in 2015. The Memorandum instructed agencies to meet that goal by increasing the use of wind, solar, geothermal and other energy sources to meet their needs to the extent that is “economically feasible and technically practicable.”
The Memorandum encourages the installation of renewable energy on-site at federal facilities as opposed to purchases of renewable energy credits by allowing agencies to double count energy where the energy is produced on federal or Indian lands. It should be noted that while the Memorandum states that renewable energy credits must come from “new renewable sources,” “new” is defined as a source placed in service within ten years prior to the start of the applicable fiscal year.
While the agency mandate is limited to those actions that are “economically feasible and technically practicable,” it should result in more opportunities for development of renewable energy in the United States.