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What Every Business Needs to Know Before Going Solar

Is your business considering renewable energy? Harnessing the power of the sun can be a smart move for your commercial establishment, both financially and environmentally. 

Before you make the switch, however, it's essential to have a comprehensive understanding of key factors involved in this decision. So, keep reading as we explore what you need to know before going solar and a few important steps to streamline the solar energy procurement process. 

Key Questions to Ask Before Getting Solar Panels

Before investing in renewable energy, it's essential to ask yourself some key questions. Here''s what you need to know before going solar: 

Is My Site Suitable for Solar Energy Generation?

Assessing the suitability of your site is the first step in going solar. A well-suited site will have ample, unobstructed roof space, minimal shading from trees or nearby structures, and an optimal orientation to capture the most sunlight throughout the day. To do this, consider factors such as: 

  • Available roof space
  • Shading
  • Orientation
  • Local weather patterns

You may need to consult with a solar professional to conduct a thorough site assessment to determine the viability of solar energy generation at your location.

What Is the Potential Return on Investment (ROI) for My Solar System?

For most businesses, long-term profitability drives the investment in solar energy procurement. That''s why it''s essential to calculate the potential return on investment (ROI) for your renewable energy system. To determine this, you need to consider your business's energy consumption, utility rates, available incentives, and financing options. Start by analyzing your historical energy bills to estimate your future energy needs. Then, with the help of a solar energy provider, assess how your potential generation aligns with your current consumption patterns. This will give you a clearer picture of the potential savings and payback period for your solar investment.

What Incentives and Tax Credits are Available to My Business?

Federal, state, and local incentives play a crucial role in making solar financially attractive for businesses. By taking advantage of these programs, your organization can reduce the upfront costs and accelerate the payback period of your investment. Here are some notable incentives to know before going solar:

  • Federal Solar Tax Credits (ITC): The Investment Tax Credit allows businesses to claim a percentage of their solar system's cost as a tax credit. Currently, the ITC provides a 30% credit for qualified commercial solar installations. This credit directly reduces your federal tax liability, making the transition to solar more affordable.
  • Net Energy Metering (NEM 3.0): Net metering programs enable your businesses to receive credits on electricity bills in exchange for generating excess energy and exporting it back to the grid. This means that when your solar system generates more electricity than your business consumes, you can sell it back to utility providers, and use credits to offset future electricity costs.
  • Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS): MACRS allows businesses to depreciate the cost of their solar system over a specific period, providing additional tax benefits. This accelerated depreciation schedule allows you to recover the investment in your solar system more quickly, reducing your tax burden and improving the financial return on your solar investment.
  • Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG): When it comes to the financial benefits of going solar, it's not just about energy savings. By aligning your renewable energy efforts with ESG principles, your business demonstrates its commitment to environmental responsibility, reducing carbon footprints, and combating climate change. This is especially important in a state like California, where solar power plays a crucial role in achieving sustainable energy goals and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

What Financing Options Are Available to Me?

Several financing options are available for commercial solar customers, including:  

  • Solar Loans: With a solar loan, you can secure financing to cover the upfront costs of equipment and installation. By spreading the payments over a period of time, this option allows you to take advantage of tax incentives as you generate your own electricity.
  • Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs): PPAs offer an alternative financing option where a third-party solar provider installs and maintains the solar system on your property. In return, your business agrees to purchase the electricity generated by the system at a predetermined rate. 
  • Leasing Arrangements: Leasing allows your business to rent the solar equipment from a solar provider. With a solar lease, you can enjoy the benefits without the responsibility of ownership. This is especially beneficial for businesses that may not have the capital to invest upfront but still want to enjoy the advantages of clean energy.
  • Public Financing: Some regions offer public financing options, such as low-interest loans or grants, to encourage the adoption of solar energy. These programs can help offset the upfront costs and make solar installations more affordable for commercial customers. 

How Will Going Solar Affect My Energy Bills?

It''s no secret that going solar can have a significant impact on your energy bills. In fact, businesses that switch to solar energy save an average of 75% on their electricity expenses. By generating your electricity on-site, you can offset a portion—or even the majority—of your energy consumption from the grid, resulting in substantial savings. Even better, as electricity prices continue to rise, your solar investment becomes more valuable over time.

Ready to break free from unpredictable rate hikes? Pacifico Power understands it's all about the numbers when it comes to solar energy procurement—the cost to generate onsite and the cost of the alternative. Get in touch, and let our experts determine the financial viability of solar for your businesses.
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What Is the Total Cost of Installing a Solar System for My Business?

The price of renewable energy includes more than just solar panels, so be sure to evaluate the cost of upfront equipment expenses, installation, permits, and potential additional costs such as battery storage or grid interconnection. Just remember, while the initial investment may seem like a lot, the reduced energy bills and tax incentives can help your business recover the costs over time. 

Are There Any Local Permits or Regulations I Need to Comply With?

Before installing a solar system for your business, it's essential to familiarize yourself with local permits, regulations, and building codes that govern solar installations in your area. Different jurisdictions may have specific requirements regarding system size, setback distances, and interconnection standards. That''s why it''s essential to consult with a solar professional to help you navigate the necessary paperwork and ensure compliance.

Take the First Step Towards Energy Independence With Pacifico Power

At Pacifico Power, we understand that making the switch to solar energy is a significant decision. That's why our expert consultations are designed to provide you with all the knowledge you need to know before going solar. From site feasibility and financing options to ROI analysis and tax credits, our team of professionals ensure you have all the information necessary to make an informed decision. 

Don't miss out on the opportunity to unlock long-term savings and demonstrate your commitment to sustainability—take the first step to renewable energy today!