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/

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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How Solar Panels Can Save Your Church Money

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Solar panels aren’t just good for the environment, they’re a good investment

As solar energy technology continues to rapidly develop and become more widely available as an alternative energy option, it is being adopted not just on roofs of residences, but on places of business – and worship – as well. As an added benefit, commercial solar panels can also go a long way towards saving your church a significant amount of money, monies that could be used for other great causes other than the giving money to the utility company.

A growing trend with major benefits

While churches admittedly cannot, as nonprofit organizations, take advantage of the tax incentives and breaks that often come with going solar, one method we often use is a Solar Power Purchase Agreement. This method requires no upfront installation cost, immediately lowering the church’s energy costs which then allows the church to use that saved money to do good in the community. At REP Solar, we unequivocally prove that solar panels save you money by highlighting case studies from some of our commercial clients. One of these clients was, in fact, a church that saved thirty-two thousand dollars on energy costs within the first year of installation, with a projected twenty-five-year estimation of almost a million and a half dollars saved. Imagine being able to put that money back into the church. It could be used for maintenance and updating other parts of the building, or for outreach and helping the community. Churches having commercial solar panels installed is a growing national trend,

Final word

REP Solar is a commercial solar company that cares about our Customers and backs it up with our record of accomplishment, which is why we do everything we can to make installing solar panels a feasible option, including options that you pay nothing upfront, so you can start saving immediately. So, give us a call today at 855-519-6633 to join the movement of churches becoming more environmentally sustainable and saving money on energy costs.