Clean Energy – The Future is Here!
Now is the time for solar. Prices have reached the point that solar is now the least expensive option for renewable power. More and more are investing in renewable energy because of federal incentives and rebates; it makes this a time like never before for businesses to lock in their energy costs for decades. Invest in solar.
Solar can help your business:
Protect Against Rising Utility
RatesBusinesses have seen electricity rates spike over the last 5 years. If utility bills are a significant portion of your overhead than large increases in electricity costs can affect the viability of your business. Installing your own solar power can reduce or eliminate your exposure to rising electricity rates. The portion of your usage that is generated on site will no longer be subject to increases in electricity rates.
Reduce Operating Costs
A solar power system can reduce or eliminate your building’s electric bill. Installing a solar power system is equivalent to prepaying for 40 years of power at a fraction of the cost you are currently paying. The cost/unit of energy you are currently paying is already higher than what you would be paying with solar. As rates increase this difference will only increase, which will result in further savings over the life of the system.
Take Advantage of Government Rebates & Tax Credits
Designed to encourage businesses to generate their own solar power, these programs can pay for up to 70% of the total system cost. These programs include direct rebates, tax credits, loan programs and other financial incentives.
Good Return On Investment (ROI)
Government incentives combined with recent decreases in solar equipment prices make the investment in solar power a good financial decision for businesses and public agencies. An investment in solar power can generate quick payback as well as long-term savings.
Long Term Reliability & Low Maintenance Costs
Photovoltaic cells were originally developed for use in space, where repair is extremely expensive, if not impossible. Solar still powers nearly every satellite circling the earth because it operates reliably for long periods of time with virtually no maintenance. Once installed, the solar power system requires little or no maintenance (especially if no batteries are used), and will provide electricity cleanly and quietly for 25 to 40 years. Our solar panels carry a 25-year manufacturer warranty on their production.
Become A “Green” Business
Generating electricity from solar energy means less consumption of fossil fuels, reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emission. By switching to solar power your company will be doing its part to combat global warming, and reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources. Being a green business can not only reduce your operating costs, but is also good PR and a good marketing tool. There are a growing number of consumers who make their buying decisions based on the perceived environmental responsibility of the vendor.
Learn more about Solar
Solar cells, also called photovoltaic (PV) cells by scientists, convert sunlight directly into electricity. PV gets its name from the process of converting light (photons) to electricity (voltage), which is called the PV effect. The PV effect was discovered in 1954, when scientists at Bell Telephone discovered that silicon (an element found in sand) created an electric charge when exposed to sunlight. Soon solar cells were being used to power space satellites and smaller items like calculators and watches.
Traditional solar cells are made from silicon, are usually flat-plate, and generally are the most efficient. Second-generation solar cells are called thin-film solar cells because they are made from amorphous silicon or non-silicon materials such as cadmium telluride. Thin film solar cells use layers of semiconductor materials only a few micrometers thick. Because of their flexibility, thin film solar cells can double as rooftop shingles and tiles, building facades, or the glazing for skylights.
Third-generation solar cells are being made from a variety of new materials besides silicon, including solar inks using conventional printing press technologies, solar dyes, and conductive plastics. Some new solar cells use plastic lenses or mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto a very small piece of high efficiency PV material. The PV material is more expensive, but because so little is needed, these systems are becoming cost effective for use by utilities and industry. However, because the lenses must be pointed at the sun, the use of concentrating collectors is limited to the sunniest parts of the country.