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Benefits of Commercial Solar

Control energy costs for your business and reduce your environmental footprint with a commercial solar system.

The benefits of a commercial solar system extend well beyond a reduction of your carbon footprint. A commercial solar system provides fixed cost energy pricing for your business via a clean, renewable, locally generated source. In as little as one year, your solar system can pay for itself through lucrative tax benefits available only to commercial customers.

Save money on energy expenses through innovative financing options and powerful tax incentives.

For many businesses, investing in solar energy makes serious financial sense. Your new solar energy system will:

  1. Reduce or eliminate your electric bill
  2. High Return on Investment
  3. Significantly reduce your tax liability
  4. Provide long-term financial savings
  5. Lowered operating expense frees up cash for operations and other investments

A solar system can provide consistent renewable energy for over 30 years. With no moving parts, there is little to no maintenance required. Plus, your new solar energy system provides a great opportunity to build your green identity.

Solar energy has benefits beyond the dollars.

Solar energy generation boosts more than just your bottom line.

  1. Build your company’s green identity
  2. Back up an image of being cutting edge and innovative
  3. Instill employee and employee pride
  4. Generate positive word of mouth

There has never been a better time to invest in solar energy.

  1. A tax liability allows your business to take advantage of asset depreciation and the Federal Investment Tax Credit, which can dramatically boost your solar system’s return on investment.
  2. A south facing or flat roof with little to no shading optimizes solar yield and reduces costs.
  3. Building Ownership removes many system ownership issues associated with leasing property as a tenant.
  4. Strong credit allows for creative financing options to expand your solar budget and free up much needed capital.
  5. Sustainability Initiatives. Add power to your existing sustainability efforts, or start building a green identity. A solar electric system can make a strong statement about your company and values.

Financial benefits

Dramatically reduce your electric bill

A solar electric system can reduce your monthly bill by 50-90%. Infinity Solar will analyze your electric usage and rates to design a system that maximizes your savings.

Protect yourself from rising rates

Home electricity costs are rising between 4-7% per annually.1 The sun, however, never sends you a bill. That means ten years from now, the solar energy you are collecting at your own home will still be free, while the cost of electricity from your utility will have most likely doubled in price.

The amount of money saved with a solar installation varies based on your electricity usage, the cost of electricity in your area, and the solar resource available to you.

Get paid for electricity that you produce

Net metering allows you to put any electricity that you do not use back into the grid, causing your meter to spin backwards. In most areas this results in a credit on your electric bill. However, some areas are launching feed-in tariff programs where a home owner can be paid for all of the electricity that their solar panels produce.

Environmental benefits

Reduce your business’s carbon footprint

Solar systems reduce the amount of electricity coming from fossil fuels by supplying your operations with clean, renewable energy from the sun. Infinity Solar is committed to its relationship to SolarWorld. By providing more energy and lasting longer than other brands, US-made SolarWorld Sunmodule™ panels are the best choice for cutting your carbon footprint down to size.

Non-toxic materials

SolarWorld Sunmodule panels are made from pure silicon, glass and aluminum. Our manufacturing processes avoid or minimize the use of toxic materials like cadmium and arsenic, which are used in many low-grade thin film panels. SolarWorld factories strive to continuously improve these processes and lead the industry in sustainable manufacturing practices.

Minimal packaging

Sunmodule panels and Sunkits® systems ship with minimal packaging and most of it is 100% recyclable.

Recyclable solar panels

SolarWorld Sunmodule panels are completely recyclable and we have a dedicated recycling facility so that they do not end up in a land fill. For a product that can last 30 years or more, that’s forward thinking.

The Basics of Commercial Solar.

A commercial solar energy system is a great way to power your business with clean, renewable, cost stable electricity. The following diagram illustrates how commercial solar works:

  1. Solar Array: Powering your business with the Sun starts here. The solar array is comprised of a series of solar panels. The bigger the array, the more electricity it is capable of producing. When sunlight hits the solar array, DC electricity is generated.
  2. Inverter: The DC electricity from your array travels to the inverter, where it is converted from DC to AC electricity. AC electricity is identical to the type of power you receive from the utility power grid.
  3. Electric Service Panel: AC electricity from your inverter passed to the electric service panel where it is routed to power your facility’s various electric loads.
  4. Utility Power Grid: When your solar electric system generates more power than your business is consuming, excess electricity is routed to the power grid. When you feed electricity back to the grid your meter will spin backwards, earning you credits on your bill.

Appendix – What does all this mean?

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What is a Watt?

  1. The power capacity of a PV panel is rated in watts.
  2. A typical PV panel has a power capacity between 130 and 230 watts and has varying size options.
  3. When many panels are linked together to form an array, the power capacity is often referred to in units of kilowatts (kw) or 1,000 watts.
  4. In Colorado, 1kW of optimally oriented PV will generate an average of 1,500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year.
  5. For reference, a 1kW system under good sunlight has enough instantaneous power to run ten 100-watt light bulbs, or forty 25-watt Compact Florescent (CFL) bulbs.
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What Makes a PV System?

  1. A PV system includes panels, racking, inverters, wiring, and conduit. Batteries and charge controllers are required only if you will require back up power. Many people rely on the grid for this.
  2. Typical panel efficiency for converting sunlight to usable power for your come is 13% – 18%.
  3. Panels are warranted for 20 to 25 years, inverters for 10 to 15 years.
  4. Panels are designed to withstand hail, snow, and wind without incurring damage. System racking is designed to meet the wind zone ratings of specific neighborhoods.

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Grid-Tied Solar Electric Systems

  1. Grid-Tied Photovoltaic (PV) systems have no batteries.
  2. Your system automatically shuts down when the grid goes down so your system does not back-feed the grid and possibly electrocute a line worker.
  3. PV systems can be sized to cover over 100% of your annual electric needs.
  4. Being “grid-tied” means that you are interconnected with the grid, so you will always have power, even at night or on overcast days.
  5. Grid-tied systems allow you to spin your meter backwards. You will be credited at the retail rate for any power your system feeds onto the grid. At the end of the year, the utility will pay you for any excess kW hours at the wholesale rate.

Solar financing

Why wait? Save money from day one!

Through our partnership with SolarWorld commercial solar systems, Infinity Solar is proud to provide American Business Owners with flexible cost beneficial methods to financing their solar systems.

Capital lease

Is your company interested in owning an Infinity solar system, but not interested in a large capital outlay?

With the SolarWorld Capital Lease you can spread your costs over easy to manage installments, just like a loan or mortgage – but with no money up front!

The Capital lease is designed to benefit small to medium for-profit businesses.

Capital Lease features:

  1. No initial investment required
  2. 5-7 year term lease
  3. Lowest interest rate of all financing options
  4. Your company takes advantage of any tax incentives and rebates
  5. $1 buyout at lease end – it’s yours!
* 100kW or larger systems

All financing conducted through third party finance company.

Financing is based on approved credit of lessee or power purchaser.

Contractors requesting financing must have financial strength and experience appropriate for financed project.

Financing rates are subject to change.

Operating lease

Want to go solar but don’t want to deal with unwieldy federal tax credits and state or local incentive paperwork?

The Operating Lease gives you the option of putting a solar system on your building’s roof with low monthly payments and less paperwork than a Capital Lease.

Much like an auto lease, the Operating Lease allows you to purchase your solar system at fair market value when your lease ends.

Because the finance company owns the solar system, they take advantage of all the tax incentives and rebates – but pass those rebates and incentives on to you in the form of lower monthly lease payments.

This plan was created for medium sized businesses or non-profit entities*.

The Operating Lease features:

  1. No initial investment required
  2. 5-7 year term
  3. Tax benefits and other applicable incentives are realized by the finance company and passed on to you, the lesse, in the form of lower monthly payments.
  4. Finance company owns solar system and lease payments include maintenance and operation.
  5. Fair market buyout at lease end (typically 10-20% of initial system cost)
*Minimum of 100kW for non-profit and government entities or 250kW for for-profit companies.

All financing conducted through third party finance company.

Financing is based on approved credit of lessee or power purchaser.

Contractors requesting financing must have financial strength and experience appropriate for financed project.

Financing rates are subject to change.

Power purchase agreement (PPA)

Want to reduce the electric bills of your company?

Like any capital facilities investment, a solar electric system* can require significant upfront cash outlays. But with a PPA, your business can benefit from solar energy immediately while minimizing cash-flow impact.

The PPA plan features:

  1. No initial investment
  2. 20 year term
  3. Finance company owns the system and sells electricity to you at a contracted rate.
  4. Tax benefits and other applicable incentives are realized by the finance company and passed on to you.
  5. You pay only for power that is generated.
  6. Operation and maintenance is included.
  7. Fair market buy out at term end (typically 10-20% of initial system cost)
*Minimum of 500kW for for-profit companies.

All financing conducted through third party finance company.

Financing is based on approved credit of lessee or power purchaser.

Contractors requesting financing must have financial strength and experience appropriate for financed project.

Financing rates are subject to change.

Non-profit / Tax-exempt PPA

Want to reduce your utility expenses and reduce your carbon footprint?

Is your government or non-profit organization looking to reduce operating expenses associated with utility bills? Or are you trying to minimize the environmental impact your organization is making by going solar? If so, the Infinity PPA is the way to go.

The Non-profit / Tax-exempt PPA plan features:

  1. No initial investment
  2. 20 year term
  3. Finance company owns the system and sells electricity to you at a contracted rate.
  4. Tax benefits and other applicable incentives are realized by the finance company and passed on to you.
  5. You pay only for power that is generated.
  6. Operation and maintenance is included.
  7. Fair market buy out at term end (typically 10-20% of initial system cost)
*Minimum of 100kW for non-profit / tax-exempt organizations.

All financing conducted through third party finance company.

Financing is based on approved credit of lessee or power purchaser.

Contractors requesting financing must have financial strength and experience appropriate for financed project.

Financing rates are subject to change.