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Commercial Solar Blog

Now is the Time for Businesses to Go Solar and Realize the Full 30% ITC

November 11, 2015
By Laura DiFraia, Vice President of Marketing, REC Solar

Unless Congress acts to extend it, the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for commercial solar energy projects will step down to 10% on December 31, 2016. The ITC has been a major factor in America’s solar industry growth, helping solar installations increase by an average 48% annually since implemented in 2006.

A decline in the solar ITC would make it more challenging for businesses and large organizations to tackle their electric bills, achieve sustainability goals, and modernize their operations. We hope to see it extended. However, given the uncertainty on the horizon, now is the time to act to ensure that your business takes full advantage of the solar ITC and maximizes ROI on your solar project.


What’s COP 21, and How Can Your Business Make a Difference with Solar?

November 06, 2015
By Daryl Zeis

At the end of November 2015, leaders from around the world will gather in Paris at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), with the goal of negotiating a binding, universal agreement on measures to reduce human-caused climate change.

Over 12 days, these world leaders will try to build consensus on measures to bring Earth’s temperatures down to 36 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Though it won’t be easy, the assembled business leaders, policymakers and heads of state believe it’s critical to the survival of the planet that these actions be embraced by every country. While we can’t predict what the outcome of these negotiations will be, it’s clear the United States must lead on this issue—and that’s where your business can act, no matter what happens at COP 21.


Castoro Cellars Pairs Winemaking & Solar Power for a Winning Blend

October 29, 2015
By Ryan Park

California’s Central Coast wine region ranks as one of the top viticultural areas on the planet, with more than 300 wineries spread across the area’s rolling hills and lush valleys. A growing number of local winemakers’ share a commitment to sustainability, which includes investing in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that offset electricity costs with the same clean energy source that gives life to their vineyards. 


What Does Hawaii’s Net Metering Closure Mean for Commercial Solar?

October 26, 2015
By Drew Bradley, Director of Business Development, REC Solar Hawaii

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission issued a ruling on October 13th that brings a halt to new net metering (NEM) applications on the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii’s net metering program was highly successful, and instrumental in fostering the development of our robust solar industry, which leads the country in per capita installed solar capacity. Today, there is roughly one solar panel (312W) installed per resident in Hawaii, which is seven times higher than the national average, according to a recent report by Environment America.


5 Considerations for Auto Dealers Shifting to Solar

October 19, 2015
By REC-Admin

The National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) notes that auto dealerships face close to $2 billion in energy costs annually, their third highest operating expense.  Many dealerships and auto manufacturers like Honda, Toyota and Ford are investing in a variety of energy upgrades like solar energy, efficient LED lighting, and electric vehicle charging stations.


Supermarkets Take a Bite Out of High Energy Costs by Going Solar

September 16, 2015
By REC-Admin

One of the biggest challenges facing supermarket proprietors is managing and controlling operational costs. Although labor makes up the biggest portion of those costs, energy use is the next largest expense item. According to an Xcel Energy report, energy accounts for 15% of a supermarket’s operating budget. Refrigeration and lighting consume the most electricity in supermarkets, with air and water heating, ventilation, and air conditioning also adding a significant amount to the monthly bill.


Windset Farms Harvests the Sun and Saves Thousands of Dollars in Energy Costs with Solar

August 25, 2015
By REC-Admin

An ever-growing number of U.S. farmers and agribusiness owners have decided to integrate solar power systems into their operations. This movement has been fueled by a combination of factors, including significant price drops in solar installations; subsidies and other incentives available at the local, state and national levels; attractive financing options; and a general awareness of the long-term cost saving and sustainability benefits of producing your own energy.


In Puerto Rico, Solar Saves a Food Distributor over 40% per year in electricity costs

March 26, 2015
By REC-Admin

It used to be that Puerto Rico’s high utility rates were accepted as the cost of doing business on an island dependent on imported oil for electricity generation. But as solar energy prices have fallen, Puerto Rican businesses now have a way to significantly reduce their PREPA electric bills for 20 years—or longer—by installing a solar PV system. A great example of a Puerto Rico business saving with solar is Ballester Hermanos. This food, wine & spirits distributor, established in 1914, had been paying nearly $72,000 a month in utility charges.


Duke Energy Is Investing in REC Solar to Grow the Commercial Solar Market

February 09, 2015
By REC-Admin

We are very excited to announce that as of February 6, 2015, REC Solar and Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric power holding company, have partnered to bring you more affordable, simple solar solutions for your business. Together we have launched a $225 Million project investment fund to finance solar projects nationwide. This enables REC Solar to be a one-stop source for Engineering, Procurement, Construction AND Financing of your solar projects.

REC Solar is now in a strategic position to own and operate commercial solar energy systems, selling energy to business, non-profit and government organizations throughout the United States.


The Perfect Storm: Why Now Is the Time to Seize the 30% Credit on Commercial and Industrial Solar

November 30, 2014
By REC-Admin

Although the 30% business investment tax credit (ITC) for installing solar expires at the end of 2016, the window for taking advantage of the ITC is actually much sooner. Unless Congress extends the ITC—which is an open question at this time—business owners should begin planning now for solar projects to be completed by the end of 2016. Combined with lower costs than ever before, businesses are seeing a perfect storm of conditions that make now an ideal time to go solar.

You might think that 2 years is a long time to pull the trigger on going solar, but like any large commercial or industrial upgrade, solar projects can take 1 to 2 years to complete and go online. Here’s why: