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Schedule a Site Visit Today! 760.673.4343

Meeting in person allows us to quickly get answers to critical questions

 

We can confirm measurements, and identify details about your property

We can speed the solar project design and development process

We can provide you with financial benefit information faster

You Can Help the Site Visit Process

Documentation

We need your energy data! INTERVAL DATA – The easiest way to give us your energy data is via an email link we can send you. It is a simple and safe process that is approved of by all major utility companies. Ask us to send you the link if we have no already sent it.

Access to your roof

Access to your roof may involve us bringing a ladder, or having to climb a set of stairs, or perhaps your facility manager has the key for a secure roof access. Ether way please let us know where your roof access is and what form of access is existing. You are always welcome to join us on the roof but safety comes first!

Measurements and Photos

We generally take photos of specific areas of your roof, check for damage that could affect the solar project, and take measurements to help us in the design process. Depending on the size of roof this process could take from 15 minutes to 2 hours.

Electrical Room or Electrical Meter

We will also need access to your electrical room. This room could be locked, or only your facility manager has a key. Please let us know in advance if you are unsure of where your electrical room is.

When will I get the results?

A site visit will help us speed the process, and in most cases we will bring preliminary data with us to show you the potential savings from solar. We might not have the final cost of your project determined yet, but a site visit will speed the process along in a big way!

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Frequently Asked Questions - Commercial Solar

How will switching to solar power benefit my business?

By taking advantage of the open space on your roof or parking lot, you can reduce operating costs, lock-in energy costs at a leveled percentage, and take advantage of a 30% Tax Credit (Ending in 2019), and benefit from business depreciation of the solar system itself to further reduce overall cost of installation. Combined ITC Tax Credit and the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) can total up to a 60% recovered cost. When you partner with Revsolar you invest in the future savings and profitability of your business.

How do I get started?

Simply contact our Revsolar Commercial Team via phone at 760.637.4343 or email ChristineB@Revsolar.net and we will begin to gather basic information about your needs and your business. Feel free to ask about any questions or concerns you may have. It is our job to make this process as easy as possible for you. We are ready to meet you today or anytime your schedule allows.

How much does a commercial solar project cost?

Over the past decade, the cost of solar technology has decrease significantly. However, the cost of going solar varies by case. Conditions to consider when getting a quote is the amount of electricity you use, how large of a system you require, and site conditions.

A typical commercial solar rooftop system can cost as little as $90,000 – with savings that can equal over $40,000 per year in utility costs. Also, by taking advantage of a 30% Tax Credit (Ending in 2019), and benefit from business depreciation of the solar system you can further reduce overall cost of installation. Combined ITC Tax Credit and the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) can total up to a 60% recovered cost.

Our Commercial Team will walk you step-by-step through the process, making sure that you understand where your money is going.

Our commercial solar proposal will show you in plain simple terms to cost of the system as well the payback period. Some commercial systems have a payback in as short as 3 to 5 years.

Where and what do you install?

We have offered solar solutions to every imaginable type of business. This includes roof mounted systems, ground mounted systems, and carports or shade structures. We also have the capability to build hybrid systems that incorporate batteries, back-up generators, and wind turbines.

More specifically, the location of the system on your property is based on available space, proximity to the meter, and ultimately your preference. Generally we must first look at your roof and analyse the potential energy production for rooftop solar, before looking for other options. The best way to get started is to simply call us at 760.637.4343 and lets meet in person!

How do Tax Breaks and Depreciation work?

Click here for a Fact Sheet covering the basics of the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most important federal policy mechanisms to support the deployment of solar energy in the United States. SEIA successfully advocated for a multi-year extension of the credit in 2015, which provides business certainty to project developers and investors. The ITC continues to drive growth in the industry and job creation across the country.

Tax Credit Quick facts

  • The ITC is a 30 percent tax credit for solar systems on residential (under Section 25D) and commercial (under Section 48) properties.
  • The residential and commercial solar ITC has helped annual solar installation grow by over 1,600 percent since the ITC was implemented in 2006 – a compound annual growth rate of 76 percent. (See more solar industry data.)
  • The existence of the ITC through 2021 provides market certainty for companies to develop long-term investments that drive competition and technological innovation, which in turn, lowers costs for consumers.

Businesses rely on policy certainty to make long-term investment decisions. SEIA supports smart tax policy that drives continued innovation in the solar industry. Depreciation is one aspect of the tax code that facilitates greater investment in renewable energy and ultimately lower costs for consumers.

Depreciation Quick Facts

  • The Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), established in 1986, is a method of depreciation in which a business’ investments in certain tangible property are recovered, for tax purposes, over a specified time period through annual deductions.
  • Qualifying solar energy equipment is eligible for a cost recovery period of five years.
  • The market certainty provided by MACRS has been found to be a significant driver of private investment for the solar industry and other energy industries.

The U.S. tax code allows for a tax deduction for the recovery of the cost of tangible property over the useful life of the property. The Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) is the current depreciation method for most property. The market certainty provided by MACRS allows businesses in a variety of economic sectors to continue making long-term investments and has been found to be a significant driver of private investment for the solar industry and other energy industries.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Residential Solar

How much does solar cost?

If you’re interested in purchasing a system outright, it can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $50, 000 + depending on how much electricity you consume. Most systems pay for themselves within 5 to 7 years.

What do you need from me to determine if solar is right for my home?

All we need is your contact information (name, phone number and address) and a copy of your electricity bill. From there we can give you an idea if solar will work for you. If everything looks good, we will set up a time to visit your home and guide you through the rest of the process.

What are the incentives for installing solar?

The Federal Government is offering to pay 30% of the cost of your installation in the form of a solar tax credit for residential and commercial installations. That means that if your systems costs $30, 000 – you can expect to receive $9,000 back from the Federal Government in the form of a tax credit. Please consult with your tax adviser to determine your tax appetite when taking advantage of the 30% solar tax credit. There are also state rebates available that are allocated through your utility company. We can help you!

Who processes the paperwork, permit, rebate application, etc.?

We will process all paperwork associated with the solar permit, rebate application, and interconnection agreement with the utility company. You will need to speak with your accountant or financial advisor regarding filing the appropriate paperwork for the 30% federal tax credit.

Do you monitor my system during the warranty period?

Yes! We review every system on a regular basis during the warranty period, to ensure they are working properly and there are no issues. If an issue occurs we are notified via email and/or text message and work to resolve the issue within 24 hours.

What are the benefits of micro-inverters versus the traditional string inverters?

Traditional string inverters can be a cost-effective choice depending on how large the project is. However, we generally recommend using micro-inverters and here’s why:

 Micro-inverters tend to outperform string inverters, anywhere from 3-20%. In instance with shading, micro-inverters are always the best choice.

 Enphase micro-inverters come with free monitoring for the life of the system. The solar modules communicate with the Envoy via your regular power lines. There’s also an iPhone/Pad application you can use to see how much your system is producing in real time.

 Enphase micro-inverters protect you from large scale system shutdowns. If a traditional string inverter fails, your entire system stops working. If an Enphase micro-inverter fails, you only lose that one inverter.

 Enphase will reimburse you for any power lost due to manufacturing defects.

 Enphase micro-inverters come with unprecedented 25 years warranty.

How long can I expect my system to last for?

String inverters are typically warranted for 10-15 years and you can expect them to last at least that long. Micro-inverters are warranted and expected at last 25 years. Solar modules are warranted for 25-30 and expected to last that long or even longer.

Will a solar installation add value to my home?

A study done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that solar homes sell 20% faster and for 17% more than comparable homes in the same area! Solar homes also appreciate more quickly. Shea Homes’ houses in California equipped with solar increased in value by over 55% compared to about 45% for a comparison conventional community.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Energy Storage / Batteries

Is Energy Storage for Everyone?

Yes! Energy storage can be a life saver at home, and also facilitate in charging your vehicle. Commercial business can benefit the most in dollar savings with energy storage by reducing demand even after the sun has set.

Where will the energy storage system go?

Energy storage depends on the size of batteries needed for your specific goal. For a large commercial property this might require creating a space near your electrical panel room. For homes and smaller commercial businesses all you need is about the size of a close space, or a single wall area near your main service panel.

How much does energy storage cost?

Energy storage MUST be evaluated before quoting prices. This is a very powerful technology and every system is specific. Some commercial manufacturing can see a positive payback within 1 to 2 years – and for residential homes the cost offset is the priceless safety benefit from having energy in emergencies and blackouts.

How long does the energy storage process take?

Modeling an energy storage system requires about 5 days to calculate and a site visit MUST be completed to analyse the location of installation. We also need your interval data from your utility which can be sent via an email link we will send you. We recommend every commercial business to have an energy storage analysis completed since the result can vary in every imaginable way.