As the solar industry has grown, so too have the needs of solar consumers. Some of the biggest beneficiaries of solar energy these days are business owners who have opted for commercial solar installations. With lots of energy required to run a business - in more ways than one - a commercial solar installation can offset this energy expenditure and do a whole lot more for your business in the meantime. Below, we’ll take a look at 5 of the biggest benefits of installing a commercial solar array.
#1. It Cuts Utility Bills
One of the core benefits of solar for a business owner is its impact on operating costs. Utility bills can really take a needless chunk out of the budget, so enterprises of all shapes and sizes benefit from the reduced operating costs associated with a solar installation. In fact, in some cases, you could even offset your utility bill entirely. Utility rates have been climbing in recent times and these trends look set to continue into the future. With this in mind, now is the time to take advantage of solar. In addition, this is the last year in which you can avail of the full federal investment tax credit (ITC), just adding to the appeal of a commercial solar installation in 2019.
#2. It Boosts Property Value
Prior to going solar, some consumers often raise concerns about the impact an installation could have on their property value, or property taxes. Thankfully, a commercial solar installation doesn’t raise property taxes and it actually increases the value of your property. Not only this, but properties with solar panel installations sell quicker when they do go on the market.
#3. It Requires Minimal Effort
Solar panel arrays require virtually no maintenance once they’ve been installed. Even the installation process itself is swift and convenient. Solar systems don’t have any moving parts, are extremely durable under all kinds of weather stress, operate efficiently all year round, and always come with warranties of over twenty years. The only maintenance required is a very occasional cleaning - and sometimes the rain can even take care of this for you!
#4. It Helps the Environment
Going solar is a fantastic way for businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and do so in the most cost-efficient manner possible. It’s clear that renewables, and solar energy in particular, will play a pivotal role in the fight against climate change. A commercial solar installation is your opportunity to join in and become a part of the sustainable future. Renewables are the inevitable future of the energy sector so don’t get left behind.
#5. It’s a Good Look
With climate change at the forefront of society-wide conversations right now, there’s never been a better time to commit to a renewable, sustainable future. An innovative, community-driven energy approach like the installation of a commercial solar system signals your company’s environmentally-friendly intentions moving forward. With the prevalence of climate change discussion today, a commitment to renewables generates goodwill in the eye of an increasingly eco-conscious public.
By Shane Croghan