Solar panel warranties vs. system performance guarantees: apples and oranges

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar|

Since commercial solar panels are a significant and long-term investment, your organization’s stakeholders will want to know that their investment will be protected. This typically happens through some kind of solar panel warranty or solar production guarantee (also called a performance guarantee)—or a combination of these. Solar warranties and guarantees mitigate the risk of faulty equipment, breakage [...]

Top 5 FAQs businesses want to know about solar

By | December 6th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|

FAQ You’re thinking about going solar. But you don’t know what you don’t know. So, what are the most common questions businesses ask when exploring the benefits of solar? 1. Why should I spend time or money on solar right now? A: Solar Technologies' research reveals three primary reasons organizations choose to invest in a solar strategy: Financial [...]

It’s Electric: Schools board the electric school bus trend

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|

For many students this fall, the daily ritual of boarding a school bus is about to become a safer, cleaner, more fiscally and environmentally responsible experience. Driven primarily by long-term cost savings and a reduced carbon footprint, school districts from Minnesota to California have begun to incorporate electric school buses into their fleets.  Electric buses are [...]

Introduction to offsite commercial solar

By | November 21st, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|

Commercial organizations are under increasing pressure to make better use of clean, renewable energy options. While solar is an increasingly popular choice, sometimes a business’s site isn’t ideal for solar. Not every rooftop, parking lot or piece of land is suitable for onsite commercial solar equipment. Plus, not every organization owns their facilities or has the resources [...]

Energy users aren’t the only winners with community solar

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|

The expansion of community solar across the U.S. is bringing solar power—and its many benefits—to a number of individuals and businesses who might otherwise not be able to participate. Not so long ago, installing solar panels on your rooftop or undeveloped property was the only way to access solar-generated electricity. If you were unable (or lacked [...]

Making the business case for the benefits of commercial solar power

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|

Are you looking to make the business case for the benefits of commercial solar power to your organization’s decision-makers? To tap the economic and energy potential of solar, commercial property owners (and long-term lessors) must objectively evaluate the pros and cons of going solaron each property, and track the projected return on investment (ROI) over time. Alta Energy, an [...]

5 steps to establishing energy efficiency in business

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|

A recent article in the Harvard Business Reviewreports that some of the world’s most successful businesses are devoting themselves to developing energy efficiency in business. Many companies are beginning to understand that developing an energy strategy is not only helpful from a financial and environmental standpoint, but can also help them gain a competitive edge over rival [...]

Get to know NREL: a leading source for renewable energy research

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|

If you’ve started the process of learning about solar or other renewable energy sources to power your business or public organization, you’ve probably run across an organization called the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). But who are they? What do they do? Is their renewable energy research trustworthy? Valid questions. And to help you answer them, here’s a little background [...]

6 factors affecting the cost of solar for your business that you may not know about

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|

While the cost of solar panels and systems for business continues to fall, your company may still be looking for ways to reduce the near-term financial impact of your solar investment. In fact, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind as you weigh the front-end cost of a commercial solar system against the [...]

Understanding commercial solar leasing

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar|

Is your organization considering going solar? Are you investigating different commercial solar financing options? A solar lease may be a viable choice. Here are three questions to ask about solar leases to help you decide if this is the right way for your organization to go solar: What is a commercial solar lease? What are the pros [...]