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Is Solar Viable?

Posted by Kyle Clausen on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

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In a word, 'Yes', it is viable for you! Solar energy is, forgive the pun, a hot topic. When I first got into the roofing business 38 years ago, I was working with a consultant to help my transition into ownership. I asked him how important accounting was to the business. He asked me a few questions, heard my answers, and then said, "You don't even know the right questions to ask about accounting, you’ll have to start from the beginning.”
If you are considering solar on the roof of your business, my goal is to help start the process and get you 'asking the right questions'.

The best time to consider installing solar on your building is in conjunction with or right after you have a new roof installed. Why? Most solar systems last 25 to 35 years or more, and removing and reinstalling a solar system for a reroofing project is challenging and expensive. Plus, you have downtime for your solar energy production.

Deciding on using solar requires asking a lot of questions. Let’s look at some of the most 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ's)


1. Is it viable for my business?

Answer: It sure is! It works. The bigger the installed solar system the more money saved and it offers an excellent return on investment that is often enhanced with federal, state, and local tax incentives.

2. Will it work in Michigan?

Answer: Yes, the sun shines an average of 4 hours per day here and will produce a return on your investment. Germany is the #1 country in photo voltaic solar energy and it averages just 3-4 hours of sunlight per day, so the 'numbers' do work in Michigan.

3. How much can I save?

Answer: That depends on your current usage of power, how much power you're using at peak times, how many solar panels you install, and what incentives and rebates you decide to pursue.

4. OK, I'm interested, what's my next step?

Answer: Contact us for a conversation. (it's free). We can assess your goals for solar energy and what you want to try to accomplish. The following step would be to assess you current energy needs along with assessing the roof area you will be able to utilize for solar. From there we can do a proposal outlining costs and savings.
Solar makes more and more sense for more and more companies. Determine what your goals are and contact us to take the next steps!

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