Commercial Solar Systems
“As a business owner, my solar was all about return on investment—and it has paid off. John Smucker and the Smucker’s Energy team put together a quality project, and they’ve been an enjoyable, ethical company to work with.”
Businesses big and small are beginning to realize the impact that being solar-powered has on their bottom line. From the grants to the tax rebates to depreciation, conducting business on solar power has never been more affordable. On your system installation, the federal government offers a 30% tax credit on systems put into operation through the end 2019, after which it gradually ramps down to 10% in 2022—making right now the time to invest in solar. Smucker’s Energy has helped businesses all over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic take the next step in reducing operation costs by installing their commercial systems, and these business owners will tell you same thing—it’s one of the best investments your company can make. Get in touch with a Smucker’s representative today to be sure your business gets a spot on our installation schedule!Financial Benefits Start Saving Today Technical Details
Regardless of the size of your business, installing a solar system provides several avenues to financial benefit. In addition to offsetting their energy expenses, business owners who make the solar switch are taking advantage of tax credits, accelerated depreciation, grants, the SREC market, and more to shrink payback times and turn the energy aspect of their business into a source of profit.
For businesses with multiple facilities or locations, virtual/remote net metering is a great way to install a system on the most suitable site (economically and geographically) and reap the benefits across various meters. Virtual net metering allows companies to have one centrally-located system produce for multiple meters under the same ownership so that only one system is necessary to offset energy consumption for multiple facilities, then proceed to sell the excess production back to the local utility. Solar systems for multiple meters are sized to accommodate the power needs of all the buildings it needs to off-set. If you’re a business with several buildings connected to different meters, you stand to benefit in a big way from the benefits that net metering and virtual net metering offer. Policies vary state-to-state on items such as a distance between locations and utility service areas, but Smucker’s will work with you to determine your eligibility for your specific system.
Businesses are also eligible for a tax credit of 30% of your system cost from the federal government after installing their system (more info here), and if the 30% system-cost credit exceeds your tax liability for that year, it can be rolled over and applied to future years to ensure you receive the full benefit of the credit. This 30% is eligible on all systems put into operation before December 31st, 2019, at which point it gradually ramps down to 10% in 2022, where it goes away for residential systems but remains indefinitely for commercial installations. There are many state-level tax credits as well, so be sure to check your state’s eligibility. Now is a great time to get started!
And what about depreciation? Solar systems for businesses are considered an accelerated depreciation investment with a cost-recovery period of only six years, meaning lower tax liability and a faster rate of return. Nearly eighty percent of your total system cost is eligible for depreciation, and the yearly percentage breakdown is as follows: Year 1, 20%; Year 2, 32%; Year 3, 19.2%; Year 4, 11.52%; Year 5, 11.52%; Year 6, 5.76%. It’s just one more way going solar pays for itself in a reasonably short period of time.
SRECs are green energy credits that are calculated off of your grid-tied system’s production that can later be sold on an green energy market to utility companies required to show proof of clean energy production. For every 1 Megawatt of energy that your grid-tied system produces, you receive 1 SREC when appropriately registered with your local SREC tracking system (this is not available in all states). The bigger the system, the higher the SREC production, so large commercial systems stand to profit considerably from the sale of their SRECs—and this is all in addition to and independent of savings on your electric bill. Click here to read more about the production, sale, and pricing of SRECs.
In some cases, depending on geographical location, a small business may qualify as a “rural small business” according to guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture, and become eligible for a USDA REAP Program Grant for up to 25% of your system cost. In some cases, businesses with an annual revenue of over $7.5 million are still eligible for this grant. This grant, coupled with the 30% federal tax credit, can account for over half of your system cost. Learn more about the USDA Grant here.
The financial benefits of making the switch to a commercial solar system are clear and calculable, and it offers great PR opportunities and “environmentally-friendly” marketing strategies for your company. Smucker’s Energy is well-versed working with business owners, and we know the importance of controlling as many factors of your operating expenses as possible. Take control of your energy costs and become your own power production facility. It’s affordable up front, it’s profitable down the road, and Smucker’s makes it clean, simple, and easy. Let’s start saving you money!
Commercial solar energy systems are extremely varied in their size, type, and integration, and require an experienced commercial installer, but for years the team of technicians and electricians at Smucker’s Energy has been designing and implementing structural solutions that are perfectly catered to accommodate whatever your business needs. We’ll design clean and simple hook-ups that take into account any special equipment or processes your business has, and we consult with the necessary departments to provide you with the best options for system placement and size. Roof mount systems can accommodate any type of roof, and solar panels only create an additional 3 pounds per square foot—making covering the top of your facility with panels a great option. If your situation doesn’t support this solution, we can engineer a ground or pole mount system that utilizes optimal location and sunlight to produce as much power as possible for your company.
More complex commercial systems require an understanding of technical details beyond a simple residential installation, and Smucker’s has a large portfolio of commercial clients and testimonials that support our promise to deliver to you the best solar solution available, regardless of size. We’re rich with experience in designing fully engineered stamped drawings, applying for and acquiring all types of permits, and registering with countless utilities and handling their paperwork in multiple states.
One area where we strive to help you achieve the most productive system possible is through component quality. We only use tried and tested materials that give you years of maintenance-free production and maximum savings, including high-quality SolarWorld solar panels, the first panels sold with a 25-year production warranty. SolarWorld manufactures panels in both Germany and the United States, and they’ve been a leader in solar panel manufacturing for over forty years. For these reasons, Smucker’s uses primarily SolarWorld panels in our systems. Our customers are our top priority, and our years in the marketplace have made us advocates for investing in quality. High-performance panels always pay dividends down the road beyond going the cheapest route, since they generate more power more efficiently for a longer period of time. Start with a better product, and the benefits get exponentially better as the years go by—more savings and faster payback times.
Commercial systems come in all shapes and sizes, especially when it comes to roof systems. Fortunately, there are many mounting options for roof solar systems, covering everything from standing-seam roof attachment options to ballasted system mounts, which are ideal for large, flat roofs and require no penetration to attach the racking or modules. Smucker’s can work with you to determine the best option for your system based on your roof type and other building factors.
Additionally, we provide monitoring solutions that ensure you’re getting the most out of your system—specific products allow you to track energy production on a panel-by-panel basis. This provides you with up-to-the-minute analysis on the performance of your system, and it can provide unique and creative PR opportunities—such as lobby monitors or website links showing solar production (for example, SolarWorld’s Sunmodules panels are the first green-certified solar panels by the National Green Building Standard… a great focal point for buildings focusing on green operation and production). More importantly, though, it keeps you fully informed of system performance so that in the unlikely event that something goes wrong, it can be quickly identified and resolved to ensure minimal production loss. This is very important on commercial systems with large panel strings—we realize that commercial solar is an investment, and we’re committed to helping you see and verify that your system is delivering the savings your business needs.
We get it—you’re running a business, and there’s always one more thing you need to handle. At Smucker’s Energy, we believe you shouldn’t have to become a solar expert to take advantage of its benefits. We know your time is important, and we’re experienced working with multiple department heads and hammering out the details quickly and concisely without compromising your schedules or production.
Smucker’s Energy has been designing and installing commercial-grade grid-tied and off-grid systems for decades, and our knowledge of various system types and practical benefits to your company allows us to help you fully take advantage of all the solutions solar has to offer—such as load-shaving for large facilities with massive demand charges, or micro-grid work for remote locations that require precise engineering and site-specific modifications.
We also handle all aspects of paperwork, applications, permits, inspections, interconnections, and more to keep things flowing smoothly, efficiently, and to save you time. Our team is well-versed in all the details of connecting with multiple utilities in multiple states, and we know the ins and outs of applying for and acquiring grants and other incentives to save you up-front costs. Additionally, we can offer insight and information on commercial energy use and how you can implement specific business practices and products that will make you more energy-efficient and maximize the savings on your system. We’re a renewable energy installer, but we’ll also be your consultant, adviser, and handler of all things solar-related so that your personnel can stay on-task and so you can have one less thing to worry about.
Smucker’s Energy has assisted countless businesses with impacting their bottom line by making the switch to renewable energy, and these business owners will tell you that with the tight margins and rising costs of today’s economy, the affordability of solar energy is a welcome relief to their budget. Discover how Smucker’s was able to help this business owner reclaim control of his energy expenses.
Business owners will be the first to tell you—solar doesn’t just save, it pays. With the variety of tax credit and grant programs available, plus the rising costs of energy from the grid, making the solar switch is an investment that presents immediate benefits to your operating expenses and offers even more savings further down the road. Let’s talk about putting solar to work for you!
Our team of experts works with you closely to make sure you get the best solution for your situation.
We engineer a system that functions efficiently, is designed for endurance, and maximizes every aspect of appearance.
Our dedicated installers will put in your system efficiently and expertly… with as little disturbance as possible.
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“I was very pleased with the way Smucker’s walked us through every step of the process of getting our solar system up and operating. Everything was done in an excellent manner, and they always answered all my questions—I could not ask for better service. I would highly recommend them.”Joel Martin, JM Hatchery