Save on electricity costs You can cut or virtually eliminate your electric bill. With the excess solar power, you can actually run your electric meter backwards and save!
Increase the value of your homewithout raising your property tax. If you’re concerned that you won’t be in your home long enough to enjoy all the benefits of the solar system or long enough for the system to pay off, you should note that you could gain from increased home value as soon as your system is in. The Appraisal Institute has published articles showing a $100 to $200 increase in home value for every $1 in reduced utility costs.
Systems can pay for themselves and provide attractive returns with energy and tax savings With system financing, up front costs are minimized or eliminated and, frequently, the monthly loan payments are less than your energy and tax savings. The best part is when the loan is paid you continue to enjoy free electricity. Enjoy attractive returns on your investment.
Significant state rebates and federal tax credits Take advantage of the 30% Federal tax credit along with available state tax credits. Call to find out what First American Solar Technology rebates are available to help pay for your system - Tax credits and rebates can reduce the price of your system by as much as 60%.
Energy from a clean, non-polluting, renewable, dependable source A typical 5 KW system eliminates more than 6 tons of CO2 emissions annual. This is the same as planting more than 2.5 acres of trees or cutting your weekly gas consumption by 25 gallons.
Freedom from increasing electricity rates Rates have gone up an average of 5.5% annually over the past 20 years and have gone up 15-20% for many utilities in the past couple of years. With solar you are insulated from expected rate increases.
Freedom from interrupted utility service (with battery back-up systems) Freedom from foreign energy dependency
Four great reasons these companies went solar and why you should take your company solar too.
Costco. The Gap. FedEx. Staples. Frito Lay. Macy’s. BJ’s Wholesale. Toyota Motor Sales USA. Target. Khol’s. Google. Whole Foods. Wal-Mart. Kettle Foods.
Question: What do these companies have in common? Answer: They've all invested in solar energy in recent years.
And they’re not alone: A countless number of small and mid-size businesses have gone solar, too. This growing commercial demand may in part explain why the solar sector has seen such phenomenal growth in recent years.
Given these sun-shiny trends, it may be appropriate to ask if all this corporate interest in installing PV is well founded, or whether Wal-Mart and Macy’s have gone completely mad. As it turns out, the management at these companies do actually know what they’re doing. More and more companies are getting solar because it makes both financial and strategic sense.
We present here four ways solar energy can help add real value to your bottom line: (1) Peak shaving; (2) Price-hedging and price “lock-in"; (3) Getting ahead of the regulatory curve; and (4) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Here we go.
(1) Peak Shaving
Large buildings draw a lot of power. Beyond the amount your company pays for the energy it consumes (measured in kilowatt-hours), it may also be subject to something called a “Peak Use Charge." This is because electricity is more expensive during hours of peak demand.
If your building uses a lot of power during this time -- typically during mid-day -- you’re probably being dinged by a stiff surcharge. This amount can sometimes be higher than the charge for the actual energy consumed!
(2) Price “Lock In" and Price Hedging
Nationwide electrical rates vary from $0.145 kWh in Arizona to $0.28 kWh in Southern California to as high as $0.34 kWh in Hawaii. Those rates raise, on average, 4.9% per year.
By taking advantage of First American Solar Technology's equipment lease or purchasing and taking advantage of available state and federal tax credits you can lock your rate at $0.5 to $0.7 per kWh for the next 25 to 30 years.
(3) Getting ahead of the regulatory curve
It's no longer a question of if the the U.S. will apply a price to carbon emissions -- it's not even a question of when -- it's happening right now!
Accordingly, many corporations are already building the new carbon regulations into their current strategic plans.
More and more companies are coming to view solar energy as a means of driving real returns on investment. Primary motivations can vary a bit from company to company. Regardless of whether your company seeks to reduce long-term costs, hedge against rising and often fickle energy prices, enhance its role as an environmental leader, or prepare for the inevitable -- carbon legislation -- solar energy is proving to be an effective means toward these ends.
(4)Corporate Social Responsibility
It’s clear that CSR is here to stay -- and the world will no doubt be a better place because of it. Solar energy clearly improves both your company’s environmental and economic bottom lines. Put simply, it is clean, carbon net-negative technology.
Solar power not only offers the chance to contribute to responsible environmental stewardship, it represents a compelling -- and effective -- narrative with which to achieve your company’s external communications goals. In brief, it’s a win-win.
Architectural Solar (BIPV)
Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) combine proven solar technology with traditional building materials. It is an exciting technology that allows solar systems to be an integrated part of buildings and structures, replacing conventional building materials.
BIPV can take many shapes and forms. Integrated Photovoltaics can be installed in a wide variety of applications such as skylights, roofing, walls balcony rail and windows.
BIPV is perfect for public areas such as bus shelters, walkway covers and atrium style building entries where they provide both attractive protection from the elements and energy production.
BIPV can be added to an existing building, or designed as part of a new construction.
The BIPV solution enables
Energy efficient buildings
Added architectural and visual interest
Energy production where space is limited
Innovative Technology:First American Solar Technology’s frameless "glass-on-glass" technology in an innovative solution for solar constructions. It is ideal for shading windows, replacing walls or skylights, and creating transparent roofing structures.
Custom-Made: Each structure and project is different. First American Solar Technology can customize the modules to meet your building's requirements. These Modules are Made right here in America, unlike our competitors who import their product from China
PV Energy Glass
The next logical step in the development of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) is replacing standard building glass with lighter and smarter PV Energy Glass. It's truly as simple as replacing one of the most expensive and heavies components of a multistory build with PV Energy Glass that is 30% lighter and qualifies for multiple tax credits and grants. But a building owner can do just that when they build or retrofitting their building. The US Federal government will credit 30% of the glass, labor, frames, installation and staging! Plus, they will be taking advantage of the local FEED In Tariff of from 14 to 34 cents per KWH, an ongoing revenue stream from the windows of the building.
PV Energy Glass is a breakthrough in Energy Generation coupled with a Capital Improvement item that every building has to have - WINDOWS - the Fenestration component of every building now not only can generate energy but as a Vertical Solar Farm is eligible from anywhere 10-15 different Federal grants, Tax credits, subsidies, incentives and LEED Points that can reduce your investment, energy consumption, and generate an on going new stream of revenue!
For Churchs & Schools
Power your non-profit organization with clean, sustainable solar power and free your budget from energy costs
Today, many non-profit and government organizations — schools, churches, and other entities — are demonstrating environmental leadership in their communities by going solar. Non-profit organizations are often big consumers of electricity and a cash investment in a solar electric system is challenging because they are not eligible for Federal tax incentives available to commercial entities.
In a few states such as California non-profit organizations are eligible for special solar rebate incentives, which make the investment very affordable. For government agencies, schools or non-profit organizations, the rebates are typically 20% higher than the standard rebates.
With the unique needs of non-profit organizations in mind, First American Solar Technology will design a solar energy system specifically tailored to maximize your energy savings while keeping your upfront costs affordable.
Solar Electric Purchasing Options for Non-Profits
In addition to cash purchase options, commercial solar leases and power purchase agreements (PPAs) allow non-profits to benefit from federal incentives. A PPA or Lease is an alternative to loan financing and owning a solar system. The lease or PPA provider is able to monetize federal incentives and passes the benefits through to non-profits via lower lease payments, or as in a PPA, lower contracted utility rates. Additionally, leases and PPAs are designed to minimize or eliminate initial up-front costs, making solar immediately affordable for non-profits that want to be green. Your organization can go solar and be cash positive immediately.
Unlike paying for electricity from a utility company, however, the cost of energy is determined in advance before the system is installed, so the nonprofit can predict and budget for power costs. Since the power provider, the sun, is always free, a lease or PPA contract avoids the unexpected price fluctuations you would experience buying power from your utility.
Whether you are a civic facility, a school, a church, or local charity, your organization can benefit from making the switch to solar power.
Agricultural & Rural Business Grants
Installing solar on the Farm in the southwest is the next step in the evolution of sustainability. We are already harvesting and eating locally grown food, so it only makes sense that our next step is to produce our own electricity right where we need it, on the farms that feed us.
Solar power is now the perfect investment for farms, with a 20 year guaranteed income stream ensuring maximum return for your solar investment.
Engineered and built in the USA, they are the most rugged and reliable trackers available and are designed to withstand the harshest winter conditions. Utilizing commercial grade solar modules and industry leading string and micro inverters.
First American Solar Technology provides planning for projects including residential, commercial and utility scale projects with complete engineering services to solve the site problems and complete a design. Our focus is to provide solutions for all PV solar installations including the following:
Site Surveys and Mapping
Soils Information and Foundation Testing
Site Layout, Grading and Drainage Plans
Site Permitting and Public Presentations
Optimized Racking and Foundation Solutions
Installations Control and Training
Construction Staking and QA/QC Services
We specialize in Difficult Project Sites— Hillsides, Rocky or Hard Ground, Environmental Issues and Tough Mitigation Requirements
Planning & Engineering
Battery backup systems cankeep critical loads on during power outages. Millions of homes have been left without power this winter when severe ice and snow storms swept across the country. Don't let power outages leave your family in the dark or grind your business to a halt!
Be prepared for unexpected emergencies with battery-stored backup power for your:
The Emergency Backup Power packages keep your home or business powered up when the grid is knocked out by blizzards, ice storms and other natural disasters.
Battery Backup Power can also be added to an existing grid-tied solar power system. Any of the systems below can work alongside your existing gridtied solar system.