Commercial Solar Panels 101

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Are Solar Panels Right for My Commercial Property?

If you own a commercial property, you are likely always on the lookout for efficient ways to save money. Businesses are electing to install solar panels more and more frequently, but most commercial property owners find the process overwhelming.

It might be difficult to figure out whether solar panels are right for your property. Furthermore, with so many types of panels available, it is tough to know which to choose and how to finance them.

The first questions to ask yourself as a commercial property owner are:

• Does your area get enough sun for solar energy?
• Do you have an open area on your roof or on the ground where solar panels can be installed?
• Is your roof in good condition and capable of handling the extra weight of solar panels?
• Do you have someone who can oversee the installation and maintenance of solar panels for you?

In Southern California, we are quite lucky to have year-round sunshine and relatively steady weather patterns. This environment makes most businesses and properties perfect candidates for solar panel installation.

Most reputable solar companies will continue maintenance and troubleshooting long after they help you select, purchase, and install solar panels. This means that having a dedicated contact to help facilitate maintenance calls is important. You may also want to have your roof inspected beforehand, keeping solar power installation in mind.

It’s no secret that solar power will save you money. Not only does solar power lead to reduced operating costs, but it also allows you to lock in energy costs for many years to come. A fixed energy price will enable you to more accurately predict billing, cash flows, and much more.

On another note, solar power might make you attractive to customers and clients who are environmentally-minded. Green branding and marketing are wins for you, as it allows you to showcase your dedication to reducing greenhouse emissions and pollution, and it actually helps your company make a positive impact that you can feel good about.

How Do I Choose the Right Solar Panel Installer?

Choosing the right company to install your solar panels is the trickiest part of the process. Research companies thoroughly, and never be afraid to ask questions, request pricing up front, and establish clear lines of communication. A good solar company will address your needs as a commercial property owner and will suggest panels that will work for you and your budget.

The next round of questions to ask yourself – and to ask the solar companies you are considering – are:

• Should I lease, buy, or obtain a loan for solar panels?
• Are there any government incentive programs that I can take advantage of once my panels are installed?
• What are the top solar panel brands, and is it important for me to insist on these top brands?
• How hands-on do I plan to be during this process?
• Will my solar panels require special configurations?

Once you have laid out the budget and the basics, consider how you will pay for your panels. Some solar companies will assist you in finding a loan, and larger companies may carry several leasing options that you can consider. Also, research incentive programs for commercial properties that utilize solar energy – and be sure to ask solar companies whether they can help guide you through the process of navigating and applying for incentives once the installation is complete.

Some solar companies advertise well known, top quality solar panel brands, while others prefer assisting customers on a case-by-case basis. If you have a particular brand in mind, make sure to let companies know.

Additionally, you can be as involved (or uninvolved) in the solar panel installation and maintenance process as you would like to be. Some solar companies, particularly larger ones, have no issue with allowing commercial property owners being incredibly involved – or absent during the process. If your property requires a special configuration such as a heavily sloped roof or significant shade concerns, that could impact your involvement in the process from start to finish.

What Should I Do Once I Have Made My Decision?

Once you have considered solar panel installation, brands, types, and everything that we have laid out above, you can begin narrowing down solar companies. The Renewable Energy Partners team is dedicated to providing cost-effective solar panel solutions to businesses, organizations, and other commercial properties throughout Southern California. We would love to be your full-service solar company. Give Renewable Energy Partners a call today to learn more about how we can help you: 855-519-6633, or visit our site: https://renewepi.com/.

Solar Storage Sytems and Storage: What You Need to Know

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In the solar world, the term “storage” has become something of a buzzword in recent years. But, given the proximity of the holidays (and a higher likelihood of power or electrical loss), it’s an especially good time to familiarize oneself with the concept. We’ll do our best to summarize what you need to know in a broader sense. You can break down the term into three typical applications in regards to solar energy – the first is off-grid (a system fundamentally dependent on battery use and function), the second is grid-tied with battery backup (where the batteries supply power to the inverter when a critical loads panel needs to be energized), and the last is consumptive storage (which involves no Net Metering and the power company crediting you on a one-for-one kWh basis).

Now, load testing has indicated that Absorbent Glass Mat battery systems, or AGM for short, have particularly impressive longevity – after 8 years, they show almost no signs of degradation. And DEKA engineers have since confirmed the trend behind this data.

A consumptive storage system might sound like a reliable practice to implement, but it comes with certain drawbacks. The problem therein falls to processing power – this particular configuration requires batteries with high processing power that can ensure several cycles of charges and discharges (or cycles). What’s more, if the batteries are fully charged and the house loads are met, you risk losing the excess solar production. This is because house loads are first serviced by the solar array, and only then diverted to battery storage. So, if an array output shouldn’t meet house loads for whatever reason, the batteries would deliver power to the house. According to recent shifts, it looks like this method might be the fallback for regions without Net Metering – but, regardless of your reason for opting for it, you should consider these factors at great length.

If given the choice, we recommend a grid-tied, battery backup (or bi-modal) system. It’s also emerged as the more popular option and we’ve personally installed several within the Corona area and beyond. According to a recent study, the controlled load testing of an almost 8-year-old Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery system revealed little to no degradation in the battery bank. Various DEKA engineers have even attested to this trend. According to their findings and the general consensus, these types of systems should last for at least 10 years, on average. What’s more – they’re reliable in the event of a grid power loss, specifically when paired with an auxiliary generator system. That particular combination is estimated to potentially provide for months of electrical service, which is especially handy during the unforeseen loss of grid power or gaps in coverage.

However, we understand that muddling through all the data on your own can be overwhelming. So, it can be prudent to consult a professional for more information or clarification – call and speak with one of our many solar experts about our best suggestion for your battery storage.

Renewable Energy Partners can be reached via phone at 1-855-519-6633 ext. 1001 or you may use our convenient Contact form.

California Solar Initiative Rebates: Your Golden Opportunity?

California Solar Initiative Rebates Your Golden Opportunity

Not sure which could apply to you? Want to add solar to your energy portfolio? Want to make a difference in the environment while positively impacting your bottom line? Pick up your phone and call Renewable Energy Partners, Inc. at 855-519-6633 Ext. 1001 and Start Saving. Or use our convenient Contact form.Variable by utility territory, customer class, system size, installation, and performance factors, solar initiative rebates fluctuate across the board, according to your specific circumstances. Based on the number of solar megawatts, they automatically decline in a series of ‘steps.’ All in all, though, rebates are expected to steadily decline over time. Broken down into two incentive paths – expected performance based buydown and performance-based incentive, both are projected to potentially yield considerable consumer profit.

The California Solar Initiative Program, or CSI for short, pays solar consumers an incentive according to the performance of their systems. These incentives can either consist of an upfront lump-sum payment assessing expected performance, or be carried out in the form of monthly performance in relation to actual performance over the course of 5 years. The first option comprises the Expected Performance-Based Buydown, or EPBB, and is usually reserved for smaller systems. This projected value is formulated by an EPBB calculator across multiple design factors, including the azimuth, location, tilt, PV module and mounting type of a specific system. Given the amount of data that has to be analyzed, larger processing systems aren’t as feasible for this method of incentive calculation.

So, the Performance-Based Incentive, or the PBI, is conversely administered as a fixed dollar amount per kilowatt-hour. Upon its inception, unlike its counterpart, the PBI was required for systems exceeding 100kW. However, as of January 2008, PBI is only mandated for systems greater than 30kW. Therefore, this alternative was created with the business model in mind, perfect for larger-scale commercial ventures – whereas, the EPBB caters more to residential and smaller business needs. While lucrative in both forms, Renewable Energy Partners strongly urges all consumers to look more into criteria for each option – the benefits could be well worth your while.

Not sure which could apply to you? Want to add solar to your energy portfolio? Want to make a difference in the environment while positively impacting your bottom line? Pick up your phone and call Renewable Energy Partners, Inc. at 855-519-6633 Ext. 1001 and Start Saving. Or use our convenient Contact form.

What’s on the Horizon For Solar Energy: A Bright Future in Store

Whats On The Horizon For Solar Energy Bright Future In Store

These findings suggest considerable advancements in the manufacturing of solar cells in bulk, potentially meaning lower costs for commercial solar use. Discover how a commercial solar system could positively impact your bottom line. Call Renewable Energy Partners, Inc. to learn how to Start Saving Day 1. Nothing up front. With REP Solar, you don’t pay anything up front and you can benefit from the savings long term and immediately.

From their inception, solar systems have pushed the boundaries of the clean energy world. Regarded as the highest form of power in its pure state, solar energy is incredibly versatile, capable of being converted into several different channels for everyday use. Though it initially started as an alternative source of electric power, it’s since evolved to fulfill our heating, cooling, transportation, water heating, cooking, industrial processing, and fuel production needs.

One of the biggest challenges scientists have faced throughout its use is the limited availability of solar energy – you can only harness sunlight effectively during the daytime, weather permitting. However, there have been some innovative workarounds, like batteries, pumped hydro, thermal energy storage, compressed air, and more. But, even with such rapid progress, researchers continue to strive for increasingly more innovative uses and implementations. Current goals center around increasing the overall efficiency of conversion, from both an energy and economic perspective. A group of ambitious semiconductor researchers in France has already made significant strides here, formulating a resources boron nitride separation layer to replace the original sapphire substrate material that composed solar cells.

This switchout could mean a more effective photovoltaic system, potentially working to capture a broader spectrum of light. These monolayers of boron nitride are carefully placed on two-inch sapphire wafers with a glass backing. The unique layering also means longer wavelengths will be filtered out, optimizing the collection of short wavelengths. And what’s more, the substitution in material does not come at the expense of durability – as various field experiments indicate the new panels aren’t any more susceptible to breakage or cracking than conventional models. The revised model can also withstand up to 1300 degrees Celcius in temperature. Scientists remain hopeful that mass production under this method is very much within the realm of possibility.

All in all, these findings suggest considerable advancements in the manufacturing of solar cells in bulk, potentially meaning lower costs for commercial solar use. This fact alone represents a serious incentivization for more companies to implement solar systems, which could mean popularized transition over to solar on the whole. While a lot of the aforementioned goals are still ongoing, they remain attainable and within reach.

Discover how a commercial solar system could positively impact your bottom line. Call Renewable Energy Partners, Inc. to learn how to Start Saving Day 1. Nothing up front.

With REP Solar, you don’t pay anything up front and you can benefit from the savings long term and immediately.

Contact us by phone 1-855-519-6633 (x1001) or use our convenient Contact form.

Sharing is Caring: Why Community Solar Projects are Revolutionizing the Energy Game

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Solar gardens can yield significant financial savings and potential incentives for all parties involved. These are in large part because of Virtual Net Metering, or VNM for short. Essentially, under this structure, solar systems are installed externally and shared as billable credits amongst multiple subscribers.

Most people will agree that solar energy produces countless benefits – from conserving the environment innovatively to saving companies considerable utility costs over time. However, realistically, the transition to solar can be difficult or even infeasible for certain individuals, like tenants renting a property or residents of an apartment complex. That’s why community solar projects – also known as solar gardens or shared renewable energy plants – have been gaining serious heat and traction. This elegant solution allows the larger community to reap the rewards of going solar, while simultaneously eliminating financial deterrents, property and size restrictions. It offers a more effective method for sustaining this kind of energy model longer-term in a way that directly impacts more people.

Community solar projects can be broken down into two available formats: ownership and subscription. The ownership model gives participants an opportunity to physically possess part of the communal solar system, whereas subscribers pay a reduced rate to access power generated from the community solar farm. While owners have more say in managing shares, subscribers enjoy more flexibility. Not to mention, most ‘subscription’-based projects don’t entail any fees upfront to join and immediately result in savings. This arrangement gets rid of risks while boosting your gains right off the bat. You’re granted an easy, no-strings-attached entry and exit from the agreement. However, unlike subscribers, owners are afforded the option of purchasing up-front or through a loan and can exceed the annual electricity usage allowance in shares.

Solar gardens can yield significant financial savings and potential incentives for all parties involved. These are in large part because of Virtual Net Metering, or VNM for short. Essentially, under this structure, solar systems are installed externally and shared as billable credits amongst multiple subscribers. As a result, a household and businesses can still receive Net Metering credits linked to a specific renewable energy project, without directly overseeing its implementation. Experts estimate that participants’ power bills will be reduced on a one-for-one basis for every kilowatt-hour or unit of electricity the community solar farm produces.

Additionally, there may be some tax incentives involved with solar gardens. For instance, communities that don’t generate enough tax to qualify for a tax credit could benefit from Federal Investment Tax Credit or ITC. As a result, the cost of installation could be lower for owners, potentially making any solar PV system-generated energy more affordable to subscribers as well. To learn more about solar gardens and how to participate in your own, visit Renewable Energy Partners online at https://renewepi.com/

Let’s Shine a Light on Going Commercially Solar: How it Saves More than the Environment

Let’s Shine A Light On Going Commercially Solar How It Saves More Than The Environment

Let’s Shine A Light On Going Commercially Solar How It Saves More Than The Environment

It’s no secret that the commercial market is extremely competitive – so anything that gives your business an edge over others should be welcomed with open arms. That’s why several large corporations have made the cost-effective decision to go solar – and quite a few more small and medium-sized companies are following suit. As this change to renewable energy gains traction and popularity, numerous practices are being put into place to make it a more viable and universally affordable option.

Solar energy is all about the return investment – although initial costs might seem steep, they’re designed to pay off in the long run. It’s estimated that businesses typically pay off their solar panel purchase and installation fees in roughly three to five years, on average. Afterward, they get the benefit of enjoying free electric supply for the duration of their solar system. According to a recent report published by EnergySage, the average commercial property owner should save about 75 percent in overall energy costs. Given rising utility prices, this comes as no surprise.

The power purchase agreement, or PPA for short, represents a more consistently priced financing option, which means no longer relying on erratic power fluctuations and unforeseen outages. According to a standard PPA, the solar provider makes a preestablished agreement with the customer to supply energy at a fixed rate for an extended period of time, say 15-20 years. This plan particularly benefits non-profits, allowing them to harness long-term energy savings. What’s more, it allows these kinds of institutions to rebrand themselves as more progressive, environmentally conscientious, and renewable – all qualities that potentially attract a broader base of prospective clientele.

Owners of newly installed solar systems are eligible to receive a federal tax credit equivalent to 30% of all solar system costs. So, all in all, implementing a solar system could financially incentivize your business, producing more than enough savings to outweigh conventional power methods.

The REP Solar management team has over 100 years of combined experience in electrical construction, engineering, including business management and construction real estate financing. REP Solar stays focused on clients needs by listening carefully to their needs then using our core strengths to exceed expectations. To learn more, contact Renewable Energy Partners at 1-855-519-6633 ext. 1001 or use our Contact form located at https://renewepi.com/contact/

Let’s Shine Some Light on Commercial Solar Financing

Electricity expenses are continually rising. With solar, your business can enjoy a more reliable source of energy by relying on the sun's energy. As a result, you can predict your monthly expenditure on power costs with more precision and consistency, painting your business in a more progressive light.

Electricity expenses are continually rising. With solar, your business can enjoy a more reliable source of energy by relying on the sun's energy. As a result, you can predict your monthly expenditure on power costs with more precision and consistency, painting your business in a more progressive light.
Most business owners will agree that sustaining a successful enterprise often involves juggling several moving components – but underlining those are your energy needs, literally fueling all other commercial decisions. When you consider installing solar panels, the benefits not only serve your institution but the larger environment by extension. Although initial installation expenses might seem costly, they are worth budgeting for – solar power will significantly reduce your business’s carbon footprint and utility bills in the long-run.

Electricity expenses are continually rising. With solar, your business can enjoy a more reliable source of energy by relying on the sun’s energy. As a result, you can predict your monthly expenditure on power costs with more precision and consistency, painting your business in a more progressive light. Plus, with the many advances in design and overall aesthetic, solar panels may make your business even more attractive from the outside in. Along those lines, going solar signifies the ultimate investment, generating considerable long-term savings to your business’s bottom line.

In fact, solar energy costs are lower than they’ve ever been – the Solar Energy Industries Association observed a 30% drop in the average price of a commercial solar PV project between 2013 and 2015, with further reductions since and more expected markdowns coming soon. Additionally, government incentives like accelerated depreciation and tax credits may further incentivize this venture. So, now that we’ve established the clear advantages of going commercially solar, what are the options?

Good question – while whichever choice your business undertakes strongly depends on your present finances and specific goals, there are five basic avenues currently in place and all offer ownership options, if structured properly, at the end of term even for Lease & PPA. The Cash Purchase and Loan option best allow businesses to maximize big tax credits. Conversely, an Operating Lease can allow you to pay in installments, lending itself to lower up-front costs and a shorter time frame.  A Power Purchase Agreement might be better suited for the non-profit organization, involving a third party financer who charges the business-in-question a lowered rate for usage. A Property Assessed Clean Energy plan, or PACE plan for short, permit local governments to finance the upfront costs, while the business itself recompensates said inter-judicial authorities via a property tax assessment. Lastly, select businesses earn Solar Renewable Energy Credits in certain areas, usually converting them to cash upon payment. While the paths to going solar are diverse and accommodating, businesses should first account for their unique financial circumstances – that’s the sure-fire way to inform all subsequent choices. Happy solar-hunting.

Ways Your Business Can Benefit from Solar Panels

Ways Your Business Can Benefit From Solar Panels

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By investing in commercial solar panels, your business could reduce operating costs, keep a set rate on your energy costs well into the future, and create positive business promotion by decreasing your company’s carbon footprint. Choose commercial solar panels, and create a brand that is not only friendly to your budget but also to the planet.

Your company can take advantage of the free sunshine to reduce energy costs by large amounts through the installation of commercial solar panels. Coast to Coast Solar will provide you with quality materials and professional service to ensure that your commercial solar panels last you a long time.

Appeal to Conscious Consumers

Consumers are looking to do what they can to move away from harmful consumption—your company could be on the side of progress while reducing your carbon footprint with commercial solar panels.

We know that commercial solar panels are a big investment for your company, but when you can begin to rebrand yourselves and promote your new solar panels, consumers will come. Through effective promotion, commercial solar panels can do more than just save you money on energy bills for many years to come—they can help you rebrand to stay modern as an environmentally conscious company.

Build your clientele with this important investment for your company, and watch how commercial solar panels boost your market appeal.

Final word

Coast to Coast Solar is ready to bring your company into a new market while cutting your energy bill, saving you money. Call today to learn about how commercial solar panels could be your best chance at a stronger, more appealing company: (949) 337-1950.

REP Solar Provides Continuous Management of Your Solar Panels

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With REP Solar, installation is just the beginning
One of the major benefits of making the switch to commercially-used solar power, apart from the obvious energy cost savings, is that solar panels have a significant longevity before they need any sort of major repairs, typically at least twenty-five years. Prior to that, they require very little maintenance once they are installed. In fact, you might forget they’re even there! However, we still cannot account for everything that could happen to your commercial solar panels once they are installed, which is why we have a range of solar asset management services that come standard with every commercial solar panel contract we take on.

Continuous top-notch service
Our job doesn’t end once the solar panels have been installed. On the contrary, our intent is to provide you and your business with continuous and ongoing access to our equipment technical support and solar electric engineering staff. What does this mean for you? It means yearly full system checks to provide preventative maintenance and make sure that everything is operating at optimum performance. It also means that we monitor real-time data trends that analyze any anomalies in your solar panels’ energy production, and audit the panels’ overall energy production to make sure it matches with your projected energy savings, which is part of our in-depth performance reports that we regularly supply to you. But it doesn’t end there. Our continuing management of your commercial solar panels also includes monitoring for any security alerts, providing 24-hour response to any outage issues to minimize any economic losses you might incur, and, in the case of any kind of damage, coordinating and performing factory warranty repairs. Your commercial solar panels are made to last you a long, long time, and at REP Solar, we do everything to ensure that they do.

Final word
So you can put to rest any worries you might have about the upkeep and management of your commercial solar panels with the knowledge that REP Solar has your back all the way, not just from design to installation but for everything after as well. Give us a call today at 855-519-6633 Ext 1001 to make the change and experience the massive energy savings of going solar.
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Go Green in 2017 with Solar Panels for Your Industrial Building

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Why going green can help save you some green

While residential solar power adoption continues to grow at a steady rate, commercially-used solar power is not yet realizing its potential, despite the fact that going solar can save businesses and building owners a significant amount of money each year. Many businesses have not taken the time to understand the benefits of solar power and see only upfront cost with not much of an upside apart from being more “green.” However, between reducing a building’s operating costs, government incentives, and the considerably less amount of maintenance required, industrial businesses and buildings are essentially losing money by not switching to solar power.

What industrial businesses need to know

Industrial businesses might be under the impression that their buildings are not ideal for solar panel installation when, in fact, the exact opposite is true. Industrial buildings are actually ideal for solar panels, as their roofs are mostly straightforward spaces without obstacles like chimneys or skylights, which can create issues with shade. The shallow pitch roof design of most industrial buildings also allows for potential installation on both east and west-facing roofs of the building. So what are the benefits? The most obvious one is the reduction of operating and energy costs. Whether you choose to pay for your panels upfront or lease them, the drop in your utility costs will not only pay for the system but, over time, continue to pay for itself ten times over. While solar panel installation can still seem costly at first, there are a number of both federal and state government incentives in place that work to help make the purchase of a solar-powered system much easier. For instance, businesses can take advantage of the Solar Investment Tax Credit, which offers a thirty percent tax credit on the cost of solar panel installation, no matter how much it is. If you’re still not convinced, there’s also the fact that solar panels require virtually no maintenance to operate. They’re built to withstand the elements, whether it’s rain, snow or hail. Solar panel wear and tear happens in small increments over a long span of time, so you can expect to enjoy cheap, clean electricity for at least twenty-five years before some form of maintenance would be needed.

Final word

For industrial businesses not yet reaping the rewards of going to green, there’s never been a better time to make the change to solar power. And when you choose REP Solar for your installation, we guarantee that you pay nothing upfront, so you can start saving immediately. So give us a call today at 855-519-6633 Ext 1001 and make 2017 the year you go green.

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