Spreck Energy’s Commercial Solutions
COMMERCIAL SOLAR WE SPECIALIZE IN
No investment has a greater ROI than Solar. Spreck Energy brings the power of the sun to your business, increasing your bottom line with an energy-stable future. Whether you’re looking to cut utility costs, find new sources of revenue, or demonstrate your commitment to the environment, Spreck Energy can help you do all of the above. From family-owned operations to corporate headquarters, businesses are discovering the practical benefits of going solar. Let us show you how an investment in solar energy can maximize the potential of your commercial property and earn you a profitable return. Our customers often have multiple facilities across multiple locations, so creating a solar energy strategy that works across your enterprise is a key part of what we do.
SOLAR SOLUTIONS BY SPRECK ENERGY
BENEFITS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
- Lower your electricity costs by reducing your organization’s electricity consumption from the grid.
- Reduce your reliance on the grid by generating your own electricity on-site, regardless of the weather conditions.
- Gain budget stability through predictable electricity costs and accurate forecasting of operating expenses.
- Generate revenue by selling excess solar energy to the grid through programs like net metering.
- Reduce demand costs by using stored solar energy when charges increase and can be up to half of your bill.
- Benefit From Government Incentives: Federal, state, and local governments frequently offer attractive rebates and incentives to encourage organizations to invest in solar.
- Marketing and Public Relations Benefits: Solar positions you as a steward of sustainability, and serves as a visible reminder of your commitment to the environment to customers, employees, vendors, and shareholders.
A first step is to gauge your annual energy usage, which will determine your system size. Using multiple technologies, the next step is to identify and measure the locations on your property that allow for maximum sunlight hours – on your roof, over your parking lots, on vacant land or any combination of the three. From there, our engineers create a design to meet the highest capacity of your energy needs.
Spreck Energy leverages its extensive financial relationships with banks and other institutions to find the best type of commercial solar funding. Business owners have a variety of options to finance their systems. Spreck Energy’s Commercial Finance Team specializes in creating custom options tailored to our client’s financial needs. Transitioning to solar energy with energy storage will ultimately pay for itself in a short time and will provide years of clean, green energy.
Monitoring, Benchmarking, Reporting:
The first step in our O&M process is setting a baseline for the system. Then monitor it and compare the data to the manufacturer’s guidelines to allow you to track key performance indicators for current and projected output.
O&M programs follow a comprehensive checklist to maintain your system and prevent breakdowns ensuring that it delivers on your investment.
Quick response and accurate repairs are vital when there are system issues. Expert troubleshooting and thorough documentation allow clear determination of the remedy.
reviews about spreck energy
from our clients + Partners
"I contacted 5-6 solar companies prior to hiring Spreck Energy. During they interview process, they were knowledgeable, professional and helpful in designing my perfect system. The best part was that they delivered! The job was done on time and without issue. My only regret was that I didn't engage with Spreck Energy earlier!"5.0 Star Review
"We had a great experience with Jimmy, Jono, and Sam. They were very helpful answering all our questions before making a final decision on vendor and their designs. Quick to reply during the installation etc..and as you can see from the attached PG&E electricity usage graph, our system was turned on early September which is now saving us a lot of money."5.0 Star Review
"Spreck Energy exceeded expectations!! After meeting with numerous companies, Spreck’s expertise was obvious. The design, knowledge, and implementation of my system was professional, on time and seamless. The ROI on my system will be less than 3 years, and my only regret was not doing it sooner. Thank you very much to Spreck and your team!!"5.0 Star Review
"Jimmy, Sam, & the Spreck team installed a new solar plus battery storage system on our house. Everyone was very responsive, friendly, and helpful to explain both how the system and the process worked. I'm also happy to have supported a local business, who happened to be very competitive on price on top of doing good work in a responsive way."5.0 Star Review
"Jono and his team were great to work with. They kept the process simple, on time, and were always around to answer any questions. I would be quick to recommend them to a friend or colleague."5.0 Star Review
"We had Jono and Spreck install solar on our new home purchase almost 2 years ago. We are getting great efficiency and enjoying the benefits of the suns energy. Very professional throughout the process - quote and design was prompt and with good follow through, install went smooth and quick, and we were all systems go immediately. Highly recommend going solar and working with Spreck."5.0 Star Review
Frequently Asked Questions
For most companies, the biggest motivation to go solar is the money they’ll save by reducing monthly power bills and freeing up capital that can be diverted elsewhere or added to their bottom line. Current commercial solar incentives like the 26% federal investment tax credit along with depreciation strategies, make the savings even better.
Some companies are also looking to improve employee and customer amenities by adding covered parking. Solar shade structures are a great way to turn a shaded parking addition into a savings generator for your business.
Finally, going solar also has a positive community impact as well. Solar will reduce your operation’s carbon footprint in a time when many employees and customers list environmental stewardship as a critical motivator for where they chose to work or do business.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all option for commercial solar. Every system is unique. Arriving at a price begins with your goals and incorporates key structural details such as roof space and any necessary infrastructure additions. Do you use more energy at night or during the day? Do you have a tax liability that can be impacted by solar incentives? All of these factors and many more will dictate the upfront cost and energy production potential.
This question is dependent on several factors like the size of your building, how much energy your company is currently using, and what percentage of your current electricity usage you want to offset. A commercial solar system offsetting 70% of a building’s energy needs will be larger than a system that offsets only 30%. A qualified commercial solar company will help you determine what size system is right for your company and its specific goals.
Many factors contribute to your operation’s savings potential with solar. The biggest being how much energy your business uses throughout the day and what time that consumption is at its peak. These two factors alone show us the potential for energy offset, as well as the price you are currently paying for utility power purchased. From there we look at roof space and general facility infrastructure. The more panels your building can accommodate, the greater the savings potential. In short, arriving at a savings estimate is simply a matter of adding up your total energy use, and then subtracting the production potential offered by your rooftop space. Secondary considerations include panel efficiency, roof orientation, and energy prices in your area.
While this might have held some truth in the earlier days of solar energy adoption, prices have remained relatively stable in recent years. Solar panel performance is now so efficient that future improvements are likely to be more incremental.
It’s important to remember that pricing and efficiency are only one part of the solar investment equation. Right now, there are lucrative federal solar incentives that will decrease dramatically in the next two years. Combine these with increasing utility prices, and the real question becomes: how much money does your company stand to lose while waiting for small improvements in pricing and efficiency?
The three most popular ways to pay for a commercial solar system fall into one, or a combination of, the following options: cash, loans, or a PPA. If your organization is a non-profit, C-PACE and/or Prepaid PPA might be great solutions.
Power purchase agreements (PPAs), also known as solar service agreements, are a common way to finance solar installations at commercial and institutional facilities in certain states. Spreck Energy offers PPA programs exclusively for qualified 501 (c)(3) non-profits, municipalities, and schools.
The three most common commercial solar incentives are the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC), MACRS investment depreciation, and USDA REAP grants.
The ITC will offset up to 26% of a commercial solar purchase in the form of a federal tax credit. To qualify for the ITC, a business must have a tax liability upon filing. The 26% tax credit is available through 2022. It will decrease again to 22% in 2023 before landing at 10% for commercial solar customers beginning January 1, 2024.
MACRS investment depreciation is available for every commercial solar system. This is a method of depreciation in which a business’s investments are recovered for tax purposes over a specified period via annual deductions.
Available to agricultural producers, USDA REAP grants are available in select rural towns across the country with a population below a certain threshold and covers 25% of a solar investment up to $500,000 for qualifying businesses.
Once you’ve decided to go solar, the process is generally broken into four phases. Timelines will vary depending on the complexity of the project and seasonal workload.
1. Due Diligence – This is the pre-planning phase designed to ensure a smooth construction process from beginning to end. During due diligence, your solar partner will perform a physical evaluation of the proposed site, including all utility interconnects. This phase also generally includes a legal review of title reports and other records.
2. Engineering and Design – Initial concepts and plans are refined into formalized design drawings that are submitted for necessary permits and approvals. Once approved, these drawings are considered final, and construction begins.
3. Construction & Commissioning – Construction generally lasts 5-12 weeks, but more complex projects can take longer. Careful planning ensures minimal disruptions to company operations. Once the utility confirms that the system was constructed according to plan and is operating within acceptable parameters, a permission to operate (PTO) is granted.
4. Operations & Maintenance – During this final phase, any O&M parameters established during the planning phase are put into action. A solid O&M plan will ensure longevity and optimal performance.