Advantages of Solar Energy for Your Business

Reduce operating costs, lock-in energy rates, & be green

The Business Advantages of Solar Energy

Solar power systems for business

By taking advantage of open roof space or land, you can:

Reduce operation costs and save on electricity with a solar system for your business Reduce operating costs
Reduce operation costs and save on electricity with a solar system for your business Lock-in energy costs for years to come
Reduce operation costs and save on electricity with a solar system for your business Decrease your carbon footprint

All by producing clean, cost-efficient energy harnessed by the sun.

When you partner with SolarWorld, you invest in the future of your business. As America’s solar leader since 1975, we know what it takes to make a good business great. We share your desire to push the limits of innovation—and strategically allocate resources and manage costs at the same time.

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Reduce your operating costs with a solar system

A solar system is a good investment for your businessFrom your balance sheet to the earth, solar makes sound business sense

No matter how good intentioned your business is, if an investment doesn’t pencil out, it just doesn’t make sense for your business. Here are some interesting facts about solar finance that could surprise you:

Many businesses achieve 15 to 25 percent in after-tax returns, generating thousands of dollars in savings per year

The IRR for an average solar system can vary dramatically based on a number of factors. And in many instances it makes a lot of sense. Here are some examples of average IRR for solar systems:

Solar power systems for your home or business Virginia: 9.45%
Solar power systems for your home or business New York: 10.83%
Solar power systems for your home or business California: 13.68%
Solar power systems for your home or business Hawaii: 47.11%

Take a look below at some specific examples of how solar systems can make financial sense for your business.

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A solar system is good for your business and the environmentBeing Green Is Good for Business

More and more businesses every year have decided to go solar because it makes both financial sense and makes sense for the environment.  It makes a powerful statement to your customers and employees that your company cares about the future of the earth for our children and future generations.

This not only can carry a positive public relations effect but can often help influence purchasing decisions and create customer loyalty. Proof that it makes good business sense? Commercial solar installations have increased by 487% in the past 5 years.

Commercial solar installations in MW

Commercial solar installations have increase in the past 5 years

SolarWorld has the best quality solar panels backed by a 25-year warrantySuperior Solar Panels for Optimum Energy Output

Not all solar is created equal, so it’s important to make your business investment count. Superior performance begins with superior technologies—the more sunlight solar panels capture, the more sunlight they convert into clean, efficient energy. SolarWorld panels are proven to deliver optimum energy output. Not only do our solar panels require minimal operation and maintenance, but our 25-year warranty means all you have to worry about is doing what you do best: growing a successful business.

Commercial solar examples

Example of electricity bill savings before and after installing solar panels

North Carolina

System size: 77.76 kW
Number of solar panels: 324
System install cost: $486,000
Tax credits: $315,900
MACRS Depreciation: $173,502
Net cost: $3,402
Payback period: 4-5 years
Annual energy savings: $6,855
Annual return: 8.6%
Utility savings over 25 years¹: $223,321

Prices are examples only. Consult with a SolarWorld installer in your area to determine the costs and rebates for your business.

¹ Calculation is difference in electric bill before and after solar installation over a 25 year period and assumes a 6% annual increase in energy costs.
All calculations are based on the following factors:
  • SolarWorld Sunmodule 230 watt – 240 watt polycrystalline solar panels
  • SMA America inverters
  • Roof orientation 200 degrees south southwest
  • Tilt 5 degrees
  • Soiling derating factor: 2%
  • Federal tax rate 28%
  • State tax rate 9%
Example of electricity bill savings before and after installing solar panels

Southern California

System size: 236.88 kW
Number of solar panels: 1008
System install cost: $1,243,620
Tax credits: $459,635
Bonus 100% Depreciation: $391,118
Net cost: $392,867
Payback period: 9-10 years
Annual energy savings: $54,100
Annual return: 11.3%
Utility savings over 25 years¹: $1,913,996
236 kW commercial solar project drawing example

Prices are examples only. Consult with a SolarWorld installer in your area to determine the costs and rebates for your business. 

All calculations are based on the following factors:
  • SolarWorld Sunmodule 230 watt – 240 watt polycrystalline solar panels
  • SMA America inverters
  • Roof orientation 200 degrees south southwest
  • Tilt 5 degrees
  • Soiling derating factor: 2%
  • Federal tax rate 28%
  • State tax rate 9%

UT Medical Center, San Antonio

UT Medical Center Case StudyThis 248 kWp SolarWorld system serves the University of Texas Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Installed in 2011, the system combines parking canopy and rooftop solar arrays. In the first year of operation, the system exceeded the expected energy output by 5%.

  UT Medical Center solar case study

 

 

Oregon National Guard, Christmas Valley

Oregon National Guard Case StudyThis 150 kWp rooftop system serves the Oregon National Guard in Christmas Valley, Oregon. The system stands on three emergency response support facilities and has been performing well above expectations during the first seven months of operation. Actual energy output has exceeded predicted energy output by 12%.
Oregon National Guard solar case study​ 

Cucamonga Valley Water District

Cucamonga Valley Water District Case StudyThis 248 kWp SolarWorld system serves the Cucamonga Valley Water District in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Installed in 2006, the system has demonstrated remarkable performance in meeting the facility's energy needs. In fact, our superior solar technologies combined with the Inland Empire's climate resulted in the system producing 20% more energy than predicted.
Cucamonga Valley Water District solar case study​ ​

El Dorado Irrigation District

El Dorado Irregation District Case StudyThis 1 MWp system serves the El Dorado Irrigation District in El Dorado Hills, California. The system has been producing energy to support the district's needs since January of 2008 with remarkable performance. Predicted energy output has been exceeded by 10% in the seasonal climate of Northern California.
El Dorado Irrigation District solar case study​ ​

Semitropic Water District

Semitropic Water District Case StudyThis 979 kWp system serves the Semitropic Water District in Wasco, California. The system has been producing energy to support the water district's treatment facilities since May of 2005 with exceptional performance. It has exceeded predicted energy output by 7% in the hot, dusty climate of the Central Valley of California.
Semitropic Water District solar case study​ ​