Solar energy is the way forward for businesses in McAllen, TX. With so many sunny days here in the Rio Grande Valley, it’s easy to turn sunshine into savings that can boost your bottom line and save you money every month.
Many businesses want to install solar for both environmental and financial reasons. Solar can reduce your energy costs from the grid, or even eliminate them entirely. It can also appeal to your potential customers who appreciate businesses looking for more energy-efficient or sustainable ways of providing goods and services. And that’s a trend that won’t be going anywhere for a while.
Solar Basics for Business
Let’s get back to basics. Solar energy systems generally are made up of several components: solar panels, inverters, battery storage options, and connecting wires.
Solar panels are made up of solar cells. Solar cells grab the sun’s rays and absorb their energy. That energy is sent to an inverter that can take the direct current generated by the solar panels and turn it into alternating current we can use.
For businesses, a great place if you have land that’s not in use is to install solar panels is ground mounted fields. There’s also rooftop solar for businesses with a large rooftop footprint like warehouses and distribution centers. Just like in a home installation, panels on the roof of a business supply the energy needed to run.
That clean solar energy is sent to your business via the inverter so you can keep the lights on, the computers running, and your employees comfortable with necessary A/C or heating. Anywhere your business uses electricity, you can power it with solar.
You might be wondering what happens when the sun’s not out? Or there are many rainy days in a row where the sun can’t be seen? Even in those scenarios, the sun is actually still coming through even if you can’t see it, but less of it is available to your solar panels than on a clear day. That means you may need to consider battery storage as a backup, or maintaining your tie to the grid, so that if you’re not able to generate enough energy from the sun on a particular day, you can use your backup.
You can also choose to generate your clean energy using solar panels only, without battery storage. That would mean your business is using as much solar energy as it can generate during the day, and at night it switches to using power from the grid as needed. This may be a good solution for your business if the majority of your energy use comes in the daytime.
Generating Clean Energy and Big Savings for Your Business
Going solar for your business is taking your power into your own hands, and not only removing your dependence from the grid, but also freeing you from the unpredictable and ever-rising costs of traditional energy.
Tax Credits for Businesses with Solar
Keep your costs down with the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC is a tax credit of up to 26% off the cost of your solar energy system, including equipment, labor and permitting. This can bring down the cost of going solar for your business and help you start saving from the day your system is activated. But don’t wait too long—at the end of 2022, the ITC will drop to 22%. This credit is diminishing over time, so the longer you wait, the less you’ll be able to save.
For a comprehensive quote from an experienced solar installer in the McAllen area, give us a call and together we can figure out how to boost your bottom line with solar.