Why Solar Makes Sense for Businesses in the Mid-Atlantic

Written by Jack Garraty | Published on August 19th, 2020

As more businesses continue to implement solar energy systems for their commercial properties, we believe that these companies should not go about this process without helpful insight. Therefore, this article explains the factors in which solar energy production can help your company’s bottom line. 

1. Expedited Payback Periods on Initial Capital Requirements

One of the biggest barriers faced by companies who are interested in installing photovoltaic (PV) systems are the initial capital requirements needed. However, in most cases, complete payback of the cost for commercial installation can come in as little as four years. From then on, the PV system can accrue passive income for your business. 

Source: NREL

2. Solar Investment Tax Credits (ITCs)

The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) provides a tax incentive to owners of a solar PV system. Specifically, “The ITC is a 26 percent tax credit for solar systems on residential (under Section 25D) and commercial (under Section 48) properties. The Section 48 commercial credit can be applied to both customer-sited commercial solar systems and large-scale utility solar farms.”¹ With these tax credits, Capital Solar Group can provide free preliminary consultation to see if your business qualifies for the Solar Investment Tax Credit. 

3. Marketability to Customers

Solar technology has become one of the most popular renewable energy sources in many commercial sectors. For some businesses, marketing their use of solar panel technology can be helpful when trying to appeal to more environmentally conscious customer bases. As concern for climate change grows, many customers are striving to support companies and enterprises that engage in climate change-reducing energy technologies.

4. Solar Technology Provides More Consistent Utility Rates

With utility rates on the rise, businesses are looking for ways to offset the inconsistent rate hikes many utility companies are planning over the next few years. Solar technology provides partial or full energy independence by placing the energy production into the hands of the customer. Rather than letting utility companies set utility rates, commercial business owners can significantly reduce their operating costs by implementing affordable solar panel systems. One of Capital Solar Group’s chief concerns is ensuring that our customers achieve energy independence, and with the help of the Solar ITC, state incentives, and other financing opportunities, your business can break free from the limitations set by utility companies.

Data Source: SEIA

5. Solar Installations Can Help Raise the Value of Commercial Real Estate Properties

As mentioned before, solar technology is becoming an increasingly valued asset for commercial businesses. We recognize that real estate properties are large capital assets for commercially run business. If your company owns the property for which you may be thinking about installing solar panels on, and are thinking about possibly selling or renting some of or all of your real estate property, a solar PV system will increase the value of your property.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of solar for your business, contact our solar specialists and we will help you get started.