We hear a lot about solar on residential roofs, but some of the most advantageous opportunities exist for non-profits who have the ability to put solar on the roof of their building or in the parking lot on elevated ground mounts, which can also serve to provide shade.
Of course, as with residential, the greatest savings will accrue to those who can purchase a system. After the payback period, assuming usage stays the same, energy costs would be minimal for the remaining life of the system, which could be more than 30 additional years if a premium panel such as SunPower is installed. With the addition of a battery system, energy costs could be completely zeroed out. Alternately, financing is now available that allows a non-profit enter into a Power Purchase Agreement, or PPA. With this arrangement an outside entity owns the system and then enters into an agreement with the non-profit to purchase the energy it provides at a lower cost per watt than the utility. The non-profit has no money out-of-pocket and can simply enjoy the savings.
In order to provide precise information on the recommended system size and financing options, a solar company should analyze 15-minute interval data from the utility and understand the area available for a solar system and any restrictions such as shade from an on-site survey, not just a computer aerial view.
“We have already installed solar systems on several Boys & Girls Clubs locations, SunLine Transit Agency, a church and have many more scheduled,” explained Devin Wiltbank, Commercial Sales Manager with Renova Solar. “These non-profits are excited about their savings and the ability to redirect dollars to their programs and services that were formerly going to pay the electric bill.”
Renova Solar was established in 2006 and was the first company in the country to be accredited by NABCEP, a non-profit which helps set standards in selling and installing solar on behalf of consumers. Reonva was also honored in early 2015 as the SunPower National Residential Dealer of the Year, out of approximately 450 dealers nationwide.
Locally, Renova Solar was awarded Best in the Valley for Solar Companies in 2015, the first year that category was included in the annual Desert Magazine competition. Renova boasts more than 120 local employees and has an estimated economic impact in excess of $24 million.