Solar energy can be applied on schools, colleges, universities, community centers, social housing developments, parks, bus stations, and any other public facilities and non-profit organizations.
A Photovoltaic (PV) system will generate clean, inflation proof electricity, sufficient for the consumption of the whole facility. While taking advantage of the endless power from sun, a PV system is a good investment which will reduce the operation cost of your facility and turn yourself into energy independent. Using solar power system is also educational, and a good demonstration of energy conservation and contribution to environmental sustainability. A PV system is low maintenance, long-lasting, safe and silent.
With incentives and rebates available from the Federal, State and local governments, a PV system is now financially viable and a good investment. Government and non-profit entities are eligible for higher rebates than commercial and residential customers.
How Solar Power Works
Solar Power Helps Reduce Global Warming
Generating electricity from solar energy means less consumption of fossil fuels, reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emission. The installation of a solar electric system allows your organization to contribute in a major way toward the reduction of harmful green house gases. The installation of a solar electric system also allows your organizations to aid the US in curbing its dependency on polluting foreign energy sources.
Free Yourself from Fast Climbing Electric Rates
Electricity rates have increased greatly over the last 5 years and are expected to continue to climb in a speedy rate. Utility bills are a significant portion of the overhead for most schools and organizations, and as the electricity costs increase significantly, it can affect the viability of your operation. Installing your own solar power can reduce or eliminate your exposure to rising electricity rates. The portion of your usage that is generated on site will no longer be subject to increases in electricity rates.
Reduce Operating Costs
A solar power system can reduce or eliminate your facilities' electric bill. Installing a solar power system is equivalent to prepaying for 40 years of power at a fraction of the cost you are currently paying. The cost/unit of energy you are currently paying is already higher than what you would be paying with solar. As rates increase this difference will only increase, leading to increased savings over the life of the system.
Government Incentives Helps Pay for the System
With incentives and rebates available from the Federal, State and local governments, a PV system is now financially viable and a good investment. These programs can pay for a significant portion of the total system cost. Most government and non-profit organizations will not be able to take advantage of tax credits or accelerated depreciated, however they are eligible for higher California State rebates than commercial and residential customers.
Solar Power Systems Are Dependable
PV cells were originally developed for use in space, where repair is extremely expensive, if not impossible. PV still powers nearly every satellite circling the earth because it operates reliably for long periods of time with virtually no maintenance. Once installed our solar power systems requires little or no maintenance (especially if no batteries are used), and will provide electricity cleanly and quietly for 25 to 40 years. Our solar panels carry a 25-year manufacturer warranty on their production.
Beyond the immediate benefits, building owners may also see other benefits, including:
- Qualifying for green building LEED credits, or other public recognition
- Increased rents or sale price for environmentally-responsive projects
- Eased permitting process through inclusion of environmental measures
- Renewable Energy Credits or CO2 trading certificates
- Stabilization of energy rates to a long-term known level
- Employee moral increase and loyalty to companies that care for them and the environment
The cost of a solar electric system can vary depending on the size of your facility. The system can be paid for through a number of ways:
Third-party financing is an option for non-profits who would like to install solar power but are not able to take advantage of the tax credits. In this type of arrangement a party other than the contractor and non-profit will purchase the system and make use of the tax credits. The 3rd party can pass on charges for the produced power to the non-profit. After the system has been depreciated the third-party can sell the system to the non-profit at a large discount. In many situations both parties can see very good return on investment.
Rebates and Tax Credits
A significant portion of the cost is paid through government incentives. The California Solar Initiative (CSI) offers a rebate for schools, public facilities & non-profit organizations that covers 20-30% of the total system cost. Depending on your facility size, you will qualify for either the EPBB or PBI rebate programs. There are additional tax incentives of which your organization may also be able to take advantage that further reduces the cost of the initial investment.
The state has a number of programs that give additional funding to specific types of organizations, such as schools. These programs have limited funding and availability.
Your Electric Utility
A solar power system can reduce or eliminate your building's electric bill. Installing a solar power system is equivalent to prepaying for 40 years of power at a fraction of the cost you are currently paying. The cost/unit of energy you are currently paying is already higher than what you would be paying with solar. As rates increase this difference will only increase, which will result in further savings over the life of the system.
Some organizations may be able to take advantage of time-of-use metering . This allows you to feed power into the grid during peak times (when power is most expensive), and draw power from the grid during off peak times (when power is cheaper).
A solar power system is a long term, low risk, high return way to invest your money. Solar offers an initial tax free annual return on investment of 5-11%. This is very competitive with other higher risk investments such as stocks and bonds. As utility rates increase, the annual return increases.
Wal Solar Corporation is a professional turn-key solar energy solution provider. Whether your needs are for a large or a small system, we can design, install, apply rebate and building permits, and walk through inspections with the municipality after the installation. We're committed to provide the most professional service and the best price to our customers.
Wal Solar Corporation provides solar products of world top brands with UL listing, TUV certification and long time manufacturer warranty at wholesale prices. Wal Solar Corporation is the first name to think of when your organization wants to go solar!
- Initial Call
All we need to get started is some simple information about your building, and your approximate electricity consumption (this can be as easy as telling us how big your last bill was). Other helpful details include approximate orientation of your roof (e.g., southwest), roof material, and major electrical loads in your facility. If you have historic electrical usage, you can provide this to us during the initial call, but this is not necessary in order to move forwards.
- Free Site Evaluation
From there we will schedule a time for a system designer to come to your organization to perform a site evaluation and consultation. Site evaluations are free of charge and usually take 1 to 2 hours to perform. It is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about how solar works, the installation process, or any other technical or financial questions you may have. During this visit the system designer will collect information to generate a proposal.
- System Proposal
Wal Solar Corporation will prepare a proposal which will include the initial system design, total cost, and the amount of the rebate and tax credits. Proposals will also include the cost benefit analysis on your expected electrical usage, cash flow calculations, payback calculations, and projected billing with your new solar power system. Our proposals give you the information you need to determine if solar is a good investment for your organization.
- Sign Contract
When you decide to do the project you will then sign a contract with Wal Solar Corporation. From here Wal Solar Corporation takes care of everything. This includes: design, permitting, construction, inspections, utility interconnection, and rebate collection.
Installation can commence once a contract has been signed, and materials have been procured. Installation times vary from 1 to 8 weeks, depending on system size and complexity.
After installation is completed, your system will be inspected by the governing municipality and your utility company. Wal Solar Corporation will schedule and attend all inspections, so you will not need to be in attendance. Following your utility inspection your system will be up and running. Wal Solar Corporation will provide you with electrical and structural drawings of your new system along with all owner's manuals, warranties, and instructions on how to monitor your system's performance.