Solar Panels & Systems

The amount of energy you could generate with an onsite solar system depends on the amount of roof area available for solar, and solar performance at your location. All properties are different but, on average, we can fit about 10 watts of solar capacity per square foot of roof area.

Let's look at an example

A Roof with Potential for Solar
After a business or nonprofit completes our online, site-specific vetting process, we give them the good news that they could benefit significantly from an onsite solar system.

How Much Energy Will Solar Panels Produce?

The amount of solar energy a system will produce, is based on site-specific solar performance (referred to in the industry as its energy yield) and the system size.

The system’s energy yield is calculated based on several considerations:

The intensity of sunlight at your location
Local weather patterns
Orientation of solar panels
Panel shading by roof obstructions, nearby buildings or trees
In the case of the building above, the system’s annual energy yield is about 1,500 kWh/kW, meaning that the system will produce about 150,000 kWh, or 150 MWh, each year.

Solar unlocks $900,000 in savings for this building!

In the above example, the solar system would offset nearly 50% of the building’s annual electricity use (300,000 kWh), leading to $25,000 of savings in the first year.

In addition, the 100 kW solar system would qualify for significant Tax Credits and continue to save on energy costs, while also lowering the strain on the local electric grid and supplying excess electricity to surrounding buildings!

What is Net Metering?

Net Metering is a significant, and often overlooked, benefit of going solar. At the most basic level, Net Metering is what happens when your solar system produces more energy than your building can use. When this happens, your utility accepts the excess power back into the grid and sells it to other local customers, while paying you for providing the energy.

How Long Will My Solar System Last?

Power Output
System as a Whole

Solar Systems are incredibly reliable, given that there are no moving parts and only a few system components.

Solar Inverters

Solar inverters typically last up to 20 years. It is important to plan for one inverter replacement during the life of your solar system.

Find out if solar makes sense for your business.

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