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Benefits of Solar Sure, it’s good for our planet and community. But there are also financial, regulatory, and just plain practical advantages to solar energy.

Free Fuel

The sunlight that strikes one square meter of the earth’s surface every year contains as much energy as one barrel of petroleum. We have been converting this abundant resource into electricity for decades—but only recently has the cost of solar electric systems become competitive with fossil-fuel alternatives. Thanks to generous incentive programs and reductions in manufacturing and installation costs, these low-maintenance power generation systems have never made more sense. Using photovoltaic panels, more commonly known simply as solar panels, we are able to harness and utilize this free, virtually limitless, source of clean electricity. With incentives covering 60% to 70% of the installed cost, the time is right to reduce your power costs with a custom solar energy solution.

Net Metering

When your company goes solar, your utility will annualize your billing cycle. You will pay only for the number of kilowatt-hours of electricity you use, less the amount produced by your solar electric system. It’s all done on an annual basis, so you will no longer pay month-to-month. But utility companies are required to track precisely when your solar system generates power, and credit your account at the amount you would have paid for that same kilowatt-hour. Because solar systems produce power during the day—when energy prices are consistently at their peak—you’ll receive top dollar for the power you produce.

The California Solar Initiative

Both the State of California and the federal government are providing generous incentives to accelerate the proliferation of solar electric technology. The California Solar Initiative was put in place to provide rebates to utility customers in California who install solar electric systems for their home or business. Currently these rebates are providing up to 20% to 25% of the cost of an installed system. The funds for the program have been allocated to tiered quantities of solar systems installed and are intended to decrease as more systems are commissioned. The popularity of solar has been tremendous, but that means the rebate levels are decreasing every few months. The current rebate levels are offsetting considerable costs to those who make the commitment to going solar.

Federal Incentives

The federal government has created a tax credit program for both residential and commercial utility customers, while in addition allowing accelerated depreciation for commercial customers. The tax credit is set at 30% with no cap and will expire in 2016. This Investment Tax Credit typically offsets about 30% of the installed system cost for commercial customers, and about 25% for residential ratepayers (credit reduced by California rebate). For business, industrial, and agricultural customers an additional benefit of accelerated depreciation is available. This five-year depreciation program allows commercial power users to depreciate 50% of their depreciation basis in the first year, with the remainder of the benefit accruing to the ensuing four years. This benefit typically offsets another 20% to 25% of the installed system costs, resulting in a net system cost reduction of 50% to 60% for most systems from the federal tax incentives alone.

Predictable and Reliable

Our solar electric systems require very little maintenance. In fact, a semiannual cleaning is about all that is required. This mature technology has been in use for more than 50 years, and has an expected service life of over 25 years with little reduction in output. Meticulous engineering ensures precise and accurate production estimates. And those predictable results mean simpler fiscal planning and facilities management for your company.

Reduced Impact

Every kilowatt-hour of electricity your solar system produces prevents one pound of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere—the equivalent of driving the average car one mile. The average home in California uses between 500 to 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. The scale of most commercial solar electric systems creates a significant and important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These systems will generally produce hundreds of thousands of kilowatt-hours per year, with each kilowatt-hour produced replacing the combustion of 0.7 pounds of coal.