Why solar power?
Compared to electricity from the grid, solar power is:
Cheaper – solar power now costs less than grid electricity thanks to the continuing cost reduction of solar equipment and services.
Cleaner – solar systems do not generate emissions of any kind.
More reliable – solar power does not depend on long distance transmission lines. When batteries are included, they can provide a secure backup during electric outages.
The cost of solar power per kWh is now lower than that of power generated with fossil or nuclear fuels. The ROI of commercial size solar systems in the upper Midwest is typically in the 5 to 7 year range. However, in certain cases this be improved to 3 years or less if tax incentives and grants are used optimally. The ROI depends on several factors such as incentives, sun irradiation, power price and suitability of the property. Installing on new buildings, building additions or on roofs under renovation is often particularly attractive.
Power price risk reduction
The power price risk of solar power is virtually zero because the “fuel” is free while operations and maintenance costs are minimal.
More reliable than energy from the grid
Systems require almost no maintenance, have a 25-year warranty, and an expected lifespan of 40+ years.
Environment and sustainability
Solar installations are clean and emissions-free: no CO2 (carbon), heavy metals, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, or fine particulates.
They don’t produce waste streams like ash or nuclear materials.
They don’t consume or pollute water resources.
Solar power can be generated on a facility’s existing physical footprint.
Solar power helps organizations become more sustainable and improves their public image.
ECS services cover the entire project cycle from Engineering to Construction to Operations and Maintenance. They also include Consulting, Financing, Grant applications and interactions with utilities.
ECS clients have the choice between buying and leasing the systems. In the case of a lease, clients decrease their electricity cost without any investment.
ECS can design a solar project with the best ROI for any property by determining the best timing, location, incentives and technology.
On the basis of a few questions and a recent power bill, ECS can give you an outline of options for solar power for your facility in terms of investment amount, cost savings, technology and sustainability.