FAQ Commercial Solar

Answering All Your Questions

DRH Solar and Electric wants to ensure that you have answers to all of your questions about our Commercial Solar Systems and installation services. Commercial Solar System installation is available throughout Southern California.

What is the price of a commercial solar system?

The cost of a solar system is determined by the overall system size. By completing an Energy Evaluation for your building, we’ll look at your current electricity usage, monthly costs and available solar ready space to determine the optimal size for your situation. The cost of commercial solar systems has come down dramatically over the last few years and realistic paybacks in the 3.5 – 5 year range are now commonplace.

How long will a commercial solar system installation take?

You can expect your installation to take between 3 and 6 months. This allows time for system design and permitting, actual installation time on your roof and final city and utility company inspections. Larger systems will often take additional time.

Can you offset 100% of my company's electricity needs?

Based on the usable solar available space it is possible to produce all of the electricity your company uses. Solar panels can be installed on the roof, attached to car port structures or installed on an unused piece of land adjacent to your building. The actual offset percentage will be calculated once the energy evaluation is completed.

Will I still be connected to my utility company?

Yes. Your solar system will be connected to the utility grid. When your system produces more electricity than you consume, the incremental electricity will be stored for you on the grid until such a time as you need it. Alternatively, you will purchase incremental electricity needed, not produced by the solar system, directly from your utility company.

What is net energy metering?

Net energy metering is the retail rate structure that your utility uses to determine credits you earn when your solar system produces more electricity than you consume. The current net energy metering schedule, approved by the CPUC in January 2016, is valid through 2019.

Are there any rebates or tax credits to help pay for the solar system?

Yes. Several municipal electric systems in California continue to offer rebates for commercial solar systems that will offset a portion of the costs. We will advise you of the availability of a rebate when we conduct your energy evaluation. In addition, there is a 30% (dollar for dollar) Federal Investment Tax Credit and accelerated 5 year MACRS depreciation with a 50% bonus in the first year for commercial solar installations.

Will a solar system increase my property taxes?

No. While a solar system adds value to your building, there is no increase to your property tax in California.

What type of financing is available?

DRH works with a broad range of financial companies and will work with you to identify the best value for your business. There are Zero Down plans, Power Purchase Agreements, PACE financing, cash options and more.

If you have any additional questions that are not answered above, please feel free to give us a call at (866) 930-3730.

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