Across California there is a growing number of prominent cities joining together to set real goals of both saving money and making a positive impact on Climate Change. Here, in our neck of the woods (of California) Encinitas is yet another city charting a bold path into the 100% Clean Cities Club
You may be wondering what you could gain by adopting a Home & Business Solar Energy Plan. The facts are you will gain PLENTY!
Regardless of your business industry, or California home zip-code, adopting a solar energy plan can improve your bottom line—in both the traditional and the environmental sense.
- Consider cost savings
- Reduced business risk
- Positive brand association
- Improvements to the environment
- Improvements to your community health
- Increase in your property value
- Enjoy emergency energy security
Why would you NOT be prepared for the future of your energy needs?
When considering solar for business also make sure to consider the business competition to meet the demands for eco-conscientious products and services. If you are NOT pushing your GREEN-VALUE in business, then you are missing out on the fastest growing segment in business today.
Having a Solar Energy Plan does require PRE-panning too. There are several factors that might affect the size of the solar PV system you need. Best to consider these first!
What about your current lighting methods? Have you changed ALL your light-bulbs to LED’s? Have you set your thermostats into day-plans that reduce usage?
What about transportation? Are you considering an Electric Vehicle? Do your employees, or tenants have access to Electric Car Charging? Adding EV Charging is incredibly simple and inexpensive to add along with solar PV.
How is your rooftop condition? Adding a lighter color roof can qualify for PACE Financing since it can also be an environmental benefit and energy savings addition to your home or business. If your rooftop condition is poor, then start your Solar Energy Plan by incorporating a new rooftop into your solar PV installation. We know a few highly qualified roofers that are familiar with preparing a new rooftop for solar.
6 Steps On Your path To Solar and Savings:
Here is a quick run-down for 6-steps you can start taking on your path towards a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous future with solar powering your home and business.
Step 1: Know Your True Energy Cost.
Adding up your bills is a terrible way to understand your energy use. The TIME you use your energy is just as important as how MUCH you used. Send Us Your Energy History: We can analyze your energy use and graph your needs in a way that makes sense. Once you understand your energy needs now, you can start preparing for your future energy needs in the future too.
Step 2: Know Your Savings Potential.
The best goal is always based on savings! Make sure to consider MORE than just year-1 savings. The real savings from energy is a cumulative type of savings. Meaning that the longer you use solar, the higher your savings grow every year. 20-year cumulative savings is the BEST number to focus on. The 20-year savings with a typical commercial business solar PV system can be as high as $600,000 or more. We have a business client in manufacturing that saves over $300,000 EVERY year!
Step 3: Keep The PAY-BACK in Perspective: STOP Short Term Thinking.
Do you understand payback-periods? Here is a quick and simple example. If your solar PV system costs you $10,000 to install, and you save $5,000 every year, then your system will have paid for itself in 2-years.
Sometimes the payback period is 5-years, or 7-years. I have seen pay-back periods as short as 1-year. Remember that the pay-back number is NOT the best indicator of VALUE. A quick return of investment does NOT always equal the BEST long-term investment. Solar PV systems last for over 30-years. . .keep that in mind when you envision the future value of your energy. Your solar cost will stay the same, around 11-cents per kWh compared to the utility at 28-cents to 48-cents per kWh.
Step 4: Batteries and Energy: Store Your Surplus
Batteries for storing your own solar energy are a fantastic way to have 100% control over your energy. Your energy can be stored for hours, days, or years. Your batteries do more than just keep you prepared for black-outs. Batteries can also use your solar energy captured at 11:00 am to offset expensive grid-energy at 4:00 pm. Batteries can also give you back-up power in case of a grid-energy blackout. If you are MOST concerned about a battery for your home, best to contact us directly as this configuration must be analyzed along with your solar PV system for best results. (858-652-8871 Gregory Dalmas; or GregoryD@revsolar.net)
Step 5: The Tax Benefits of Solar PV and Energy Storage Batteries.
Remember that the Federal Government will give you a dollar-for-dollar reduction off your taxes for 30% of the cost of your ENTIRE solar PV system (Federal Investment Tax Credit). Also for commercial business there is another tax benefit of a 100% business asset depreciation that you can take in year-1. This is an added value new in Trumps 2018 tax plan. As for Batteries there is also a 30% tax credit that is available, along with the SGIP Rebates (Self Generation Incentive Program) that can cut nearly 80% OFF the cost of a Solar Battery System.
Step 6: Set a YEAR GOAL and Stick to IT!
Entire cities are making big plans to become 100% renewable energy driven. . . I guarantee the process for your home and business is much easier than a big city! Start by setting a goal that makes sense: Make 2018 Your Year in Solar!
Why 2018? Simple answer. . . 30% Tax Credit for solar will NOT last. It is already planned to step-down in 2020 to just 26%, then to ZERO after 2021. Do not wait!
California Cities With 100% Renewable Energy Action Plans
- Chula Vista, California is committed to 100% renewable electricity community-wide by 2035. Mayor Mary Casillas Salas has pledged their support for a community-wide transition 100% renewable energy.
- Del Mar, California is committed to achieving 50% renewable electricity by 2020, and 100% by 2035. Deputy Mayor D. Dwight Worden has pledged their support for a community-wide transition 100% renewable energy.
- Encinitas, California adopted a comprehensive Climate Action Plan, with a goal to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030. Mayor Catherine Blakespear has pledged their support for a community-wide transition 100% renewable energy.
- Goleta, California, is committed to 100% clean, renewable electricity for municipal facilities and community-wide supply by 2030.
- La Mesa, California is committed to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2035. Mayor Mark Arapostathis has pledged their support for a community-wide transition 100% renewable energy.
- Menlo Park, California has committed to transitioning to 100% renewable electricity community-wide by 2030, and is setting the example today by already powering all municipal operations with 100% renewable energy. Mayor Kirsten Keith has pledged their support for a community-wide transition 100% renewable energy.
- Monterey, California is committed to transition to renewable electricity community-wide by 2040. Mayor Clyde Roberson has pledged their support for a community-wide transition 100% renewable energy.
- Nevada City, California commits to transition to 100% renewable energy for its community electricity supply by 2030, and 100% renewable energy in all sectors including transportation and heating systems by 2050!
- Palo Alto, California’s electricity is 100% carbon neutral since 2013. Mayor Greg Scharff has pledged their support for a community-wide transition to 100% renewable energy always.
- San Diego, California is committed to 100% renewable electricity by 2035. Mayor Kevin Faulconer has pledged their support for a community-wide transition 100% renewable energy.
- San Francisco, California is committed to achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Mayor Ed Lee oversees the most aggressive climate action in the USA, and plans for SF to become a model city for 100% renewable energy living.
- San Jose, California is committed to achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2022. Mayor Sam Liccardo has pledged their support for a community-wide transition 100% renewable energy.
- Santa Barbara, California has approved a measure that establishes a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. The resolution also commits the city to transition all municipal buildings and operations to 50 percent clean electricity. Mayor Helene Schneider has pledged their support for a community-wide transition 100% renewable energy.
- Solana Beach , California has committed to transition to 100% renewable electricity community-wide by 2035. Mayor David Zito has also pressed Solana Beach to become the first San Diego city to provide community generated solar for all residents.
- South Lake Tahoe, California is committed to transitioning entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2032. Mayor Hal Cole supports a green, clean and renewable future for California’s most popular ski and sport mecca.
- The Town of Truckee, California is committed to achieve 100% renewable electricity for municipal facilities by 2020, 100% renewable electricity town wide by 2030, as well as all energy sources by 2050. Mayor Morgan Goodwin has pledged their support for a community-wide transition 100% renewable energy