Many businesses across the country are taking advantage of solar energy to cut carbon emissions and reduce operating costs. Every two and a half minutes another business or home in the United States goes solar. Is renewable energy right for your business? Let’s explore some of the benefits of looking up to the sun for energy.
Solar power lowers energy costs
A study by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center found that a 5 Kilowatt solar panel system saved a total of $44 to $186 per month during the first year customers own their systems. Over time, these monthly savings add up.
Depending on where you live, photovoltaic solar panel systems can pay for themselves within anywhere from 4-20 years.
Additionally, the U.S. Government is offering a 30 percent federal tax credit for commercial properties that install solar energy systems. This credit expires on Dec. 31, 2016.
Many states and local municipalities offer rebates for solar energy as well. Combining local and federal solar incentives often drives the cost of installation down to under $10,000.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Photovoltaic solar panel systems generate power without emitting large amounts of carbon or other harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 20 years of solar energy saves about 320,000 pounds in carbon dioxide emissions. That’s the equivalent of planting six football field’s worth of trees or taking 27 cars off of the road for an entire year.
Solar panels are easy to maintain
Once you install your solar panel system, it requires low upkeep. Cleaning them is as easy as hosing down the panels a few times every year to remove excess dirt.
Solar panels are reliable and long-lasting. Many manufacturers offer 25-year warrantees that guarantee replacement if the system is damaged. Solar panels commonly last 30 to 40 years after they’re installed.
As technology continues to make solar energy cheaper and more affordable, it’s never been easier for your business to go green. Contact a local solar energy provider to see how solar energy can work for you.