Businesses that have solar power in North Carolina
December 17th, 2019 | By Roger Kuznia
December 17th, 2019 | By Roger Kuznia
The popularity of solar power is soaring in North Carolina, not just for residential homes but for businesses as well. Pink Energy is proud to serve the North Carolina market, where great things are happening for solar power.
While the cost of solar power has fallen across the country, it’s estimated that the cost in North Carolina alone has decreased by 64% over the past five years. This is making solar panel installation projects more affordable for families, large corporations, and small businesses alike, encouraging the green, eco-friendly movement that Pink Energy services offer.
Currently, North Carolina ranks 2nd in the entire country in terms of solar power usage, with 5.81% of the state’s electricity coming from solar power alone. So it’s no surprise that North Carolina businesses are utilizing solar power at high rates.
North Carolina receives approximately five peak hours of sunlight a day, enabling businesses to harness all the solar power they need to effectively lower their electric bills, and some major companies are taking notice. Solar panels are now a common facet of business operations in North Carolina.
The Bank of America Stadium, home to the Carolina Panthers located in Charlotte, North Carolina, has a large Pink Energy panel installation that has helped the stadium to reduce its carbon footprint and go green. We are proud to have contributed to such a large and important project and Pink Energy strives to continue spreading the message of renewable solar energy throughout the entire state, not just to residential homes, but also to North Carolina businesses.
IKEA® has been a leading corporate participant in solar energy nationwide, and their location in Charlotte, North Carolina is no different. IKEA® has announced its latest initiative to invest in multiple solar power farms across the country, showing their strong support for the green-energy movement. Not only are they investing, but IKEA® sells a variety of solar powered products in North Carolina, including lamps and rechargeable batteries.
This enables North Carolina residents to purchase solar powered items right in their home state. Not only is solar power an affordable way to power your home, but businesses like IKEA® in North Carolina are enabling people to go even further with utilizing clean energy.
Apple is another notable business utilizing solar power in North Carolina. With a headquarters located in Maiden, North Carolina, they have installed one of the largest grids in the entire state. In 2018 Apple announced that the company is now powered 100% by renewable energy worldwide.
The company expanded that to not only include official headquarters, such as the one in Maiden, but also retail stores, offices, and data centers. The headquarters in Maiden generates 244 million kilowatt-hours of solar power annually, according to the company, which is enough to power nearly 18,000 homes in the state.
SAS, an American-based analytic software company, is another North Carolina business that is operating on solar power. The company is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina and has been named one the world’s best places to work. SAS believes in working not only internally to utilize renewable energy sources, but employs an entire corporate responsibility environmental program. The company believes in powering their buildings with solar farms, continuously analyzing their carbon emissions in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible.
The plan at SAS is to add 50% more solar charging stations at the North Carolina headquarters by 2020. Furthermore, the SAS software is used by its customers to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, according to the organization. With 150 offices around the world, this North Carolina headquartered organization is truly investing in the future of its employees, customers, and the planet through their clean power initiatives.
Duke University, located in Durham County, is the second largest private employer in the state of North Carolina. The university boasts a roster of more than 37,000 staff members and is known as one of the leading academic contributors to research in the country. A prestigious university that stays on the cutting edge of technology and innovation, it only makes sense that Duke utilizes solar power.
The largest solar project at Duke is a rooftop installation on the Research Drive Parking Garage, though smaller solar installations help to power the Duke Smart Home as well. The house’s mission is to utilize sustainable living methods and green technology. Naturally, solar power is part of this initiative. The university states that it plans to have carbon-neutral emission rates by the year 2024 and is currently looking into how it can expand its existing solar power project.
All this aside, you don’t have to be a mega-corporation or huge university to experience the benefits of solar power. Pink Energy is here to help North Carolina businesses of all sizes achieve lower electric bills and develop more environmentally-friendly practices.
No business is too small to see the benefits of solar panel installations, whether they be rooftop or ground installation projects. A small business will require a much smaller amount of power than a company such as Apple, meaning that using solar power will still be cost effective. In fact, a North Carolina business will see the results of installing solar panels immediately; your next power will be lower than the last, following installation. You may see your bill drop as low as $0.
Pink Energy offers free consultations to discuss if solar power is right for your organization. You can also check out any additional financial incentives that may be available to you through the state or county. Add this to the 26% federal tax rebate that is available through the end of 2019 and the savings you’ll see from installing solar panels is enormous. Take the first step today, and contact Pink Energy to make the switch.