10 Benefits of Solar Energy for Commercial Buildings
September 10th, 2019 | By Roger Kuznia
September 10th, 2019 | By Roger Kuznia
As a business owner, you may have thought that switching to commercial solar panels for your business was a risky move. You’ve probably heard about large companies such as Google, Target, Apple and more adding solar, but felt it was not feasible for your business. It’s time to get rid of that thinking. Many business owners are adding solar and reaping the rewards.
Solar isn’t just for big companies anymore. Businesses of all sizes can capitalize on the many benefits of adding solar power. Solar energy has become a strategic decision that has proven to have numerous benefits for your business.
When thinking about switching your commercial building to solar power, consider it an investment, not an expense. The return on investment you get from solar power often exceeds that of most other investments in terms of the money your business saves over the years.
Once your commercial solar panels are paid off, they will reduce the operating expenses of your business, which will cascade through your business’ balance sheet. Businesses will find that their cost to install their solar project will more than pay for itself over the lifespan of the solar system.
Predicting operating costs can be difficult since you often don’t know what the future will bring. But predicting your electric bill becomes pretty easy once you add solar panels. Instead of facing unpredictable and wildly fluctuating energy bills, you’ll know what to expect each month with a commercial solar panel system that dramatically reduces your energy costs. Your budgeting just got easier because you won’t have to worry about rising energy prices.
Homes and commercial buildings that have solar panels can have higher property values and sell faster than those that don’t, per multiple studies. And that is not likely to change. With the solar revolution gaining steam, adding commercial solar panels figures to make your building more desirable. If you have lower electric bills, that’s a boon for any business owner.
When you install commercial solar panels, you benefit from the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which gives you a 26% federal tax credit5 if your solar panels are installed by the end of 2019. With 100% bonus depreciation available, businesses can take an immediate first-year deduction on their solar installations.
Solar panel installation costs have fallen more than 70 percent over the last decade. This means the price of adding solar panels also has fallen. The federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), state tax credits, and cash rebates all work to reduce the solar system installation cost.
Once you have your commercial solar panels installed and hooked up to the energy grid, you start to save with lower energy bills each month. When less money goes to the power company, you’ll have more cash on hand once your panels are paid off.
One of the great things about commercial solar panels is how you can market your commitment to clean energy to your customers. This sends a positive message about your dedication to sustainability and the environment. Every time your employees, customers, shareholders, neighbors and others know that you’re going green or see the panels for themselves, you’ll be making a great impression. Going solar not only helps protect the environment, but it also can affect how everyone in your community views your company.
When you contract with a solar panel installation company such as Pink Energy, you are boosting the local economy. Workers in the local market complete the installation. And, increased demand for solar panel installations increases the availability of high-quality, well-paying jobs. Those workers are likely to be your current and future customers.
Commercial solar panels are virtually maintenance-free and noiseless. In most cases, the structure of commercial buildings makes them easily accessible. The solar cells are encased in tempered, protective glass, framed by non-corrosive aluminum. They are built to be exposed to the elements and can withstand rain, hail, wind, and snow – just about any weather-related threat you can think of.
In general, the photovoltaic cells that make up the solar panels very rarely break down. Even if they do, our solar panels come with a 25-year warranty, which means that once you add solar panels to your commercial building, you will generate your own clean electricity for at least 25 years or more, from a system that is just as functional and probably more reliable than the utility company.