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Our Commercial Energy Consultants will walk you through the entire process of getting solar panels installed in your commercial center from start to finish! With rising energy costs, the business community cannot afford not to invest in renewable energy.
By choosing renewable energy you are locking in your energy costs for the next 25 plus years!
We can show you how renewable energy makes financial sense for both small & large businesses alike. Kapital Electric serves all Commercial, Industrial, Government, and Non-Profits!
Installation | The Process
Consultation / Site Design
Our Consultants will analyze your energy needs and design a solar energy system to meet your current energy needs as well as your future needs as your business expands. We will put together a very detailed and accurate proposal based on your past years energy use, it will include all the financial incentives available to your business and the expected ROI.
Once approved our team goes to work, the Project Manager (PM) will apply with the local utility company for the interconnection approval and setup your net metering agreement with your energy supplier. The PM will then assist our NABCEP certified engineering team & designers to develop a permit drawing for the local building department that will meet all local & national codes including NFPA requirements. The PM will then work with the building department to expedite the permit approval and provide a project schedule for you and our installation team.
Pre Construction Planning
At the start of each project our Project Manager (PM) will review each step of the installation with our installation team. Of course safety is always a high priority with Kapital Electric, so to insure a safe and injury free installation we take the necessary precautionary measures to remain an injury free company. Safety rails are installed on flat roofs or tie off points are installed on sloped roofs to comply with all OSHA safety standards which includes each member of our installation team to wear their personal protective equipment.
Barricades may be necessary while the equipment is brought up to the roof and as the installation progresses please keep in mind that a power shut down may be required for the final connections to be terminated to the existing service equipment.
Barricades may be necessary while the equipment is brought up to the roof and as the installation progresses please keep in mind that a power shut down may be required for the final connections to be terminated to the existing service equipment. And as the project progresses the Project Manager will inspect each phase throughout the project for quality assurance.
Upon completion of the project the PM along with our installation team will begin commissioning the system and provide system training with the facility owner and or maintenance personnel on how to monitor the system and location of all the safety devices. A certificate of completion signed by the facility owner and Kapital Electric will then be submitted to the utility company to finalize the installation.
Kapital Electric will continue to monitor the system and its production daily to insure your system is always functioning at its full potential.
Solar Power | Green Facts!
By early 2014, the US had more than 480,000 solar systems installed.
Photo Voltaic Systems and Module Prices have fallen 80% since 2008 & 20% in 2012.
A 5kw solar system in Illinois is the equivalent of planting 100 trees every year!
The amount of solar power installed in the U.S. was more than 5 times that of 2010
Depending on your specific installation businesses in Illinois can expect a payback period in as few as 4 years
From 2013 to 2016 the price of a typical commercial solar energy system dropped by almost 40%
It is too expensive!
Now is a perfect time to go solar. With the federal and state credits and rebates, your initial out of pocket costs are significantly reduced by 55%. Our Energy Consultants will provide you with all of the information regarding these incentives and guide you through the process.
What about the Chicago’s Extreme Weather (Snow/Cold/Hail)?
Chicago is a great area for solar. All of the modules & equipment we use will stand up to our extreme weather.
Because the panels produce energy, they do generate a little bit of heat. Any snow which accumulates on the modules will simply melt. In addition, solar modules work more efficiently in cooler temperatures. Given the same amount of sunlight, a panel on a cold day produces more energy than a panel on a hot day.
All of our modules have a 25 year warranty and have passed tests to withstand 1″ piece of hail at 50 mph. The racking is designed for 90 mph wind loads. The flashings have a 25 year warranty.
What happens when it is cloudy?
Our Energy Consultants will analyze your electric consumption throughout the year and design a system to meet your needs throughout the entire year.
You do not need perfect sunshine for your panels to produce energy. Your panels will still capture the power of the sun on cloudy or overcast days. In fact, Germany leads the world in terms of panel installations, yet they have the same usable sunlight as Alaska!
What happens when the power goes out?
Because you are still connected to the utility company, when the grid loses power, your power will be cut as well. This is to protect the utility workers trying to fix the outage. We DO NOT want your system to back feed into the grid!
Where do I store the energy?
You can think of the utility company grid as an energy storage system. During the day the excess energy you produce is sent to the utility company and your account is credited through net metering. At night when your panels are not producing energy you simply draw from your account. Because you are connected to the grid, as long as the grid has power-you will have power. Even if you use more energy than your panels produce- you will still have power.
What is NET METERING?
Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they send to the grid. In Illinois the current law for net metering is 1 for 1, for every kilowatt you send to the grid the utility company owes you a kilowatt back at no additional cost, keep in mind that the utility company isn’t going to buy the energy from you but instead issue you credit. The first 5% of solar producers in Illinois will never lose the 1 for 1 net metering even after the law changes, they will be grandfathered in. Once the State hits 5% the law will change and the utility companies will then purchase the excess power from you at a wholesale rate and sell it back to you at the current retail rate. As of spring of 2017 Illinois has less than 2% of solar producers in the State.
What incentives are available for Solar Renewable Energy Systems in Illinois?
30% ITC Federal Tax Credit for residential & commercial systems. For more details see: www.seia.org
SREC’s – Sale of your Solar Renewable Energy Credits. The amount of SREC’s depends on the size of the system, larger systems receive more each year than smaller systems. The SREC’s are sold through brokerage firms at auction typically held twice a year, this is a State run program funded by the utility companies. A system under 25kw can expect 15-20% return of the cost of the system and systems 25kw & larger can expect 5-10% return of the system cost.
Businesses are allowed an accelerated depreciation. MACRS depreciation is an important tool for businesses to recover certain capital costs over the property’s lifetime. Allowing businesses to deduct the depreciable basis over five years reduces tax liability and accelerates the rate of return on a solar investment. This has been a significant driver for the solar industry and other energy industries. Accelerated depreciation, along with other successful energy tax incentives such as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), has helped fuel unprecedented growth in annual solar installations.
Consolidated Appropriations Act Of 2015. Equipment placed in service before January 1, 2018 can qualify for 50% bonus depreciation. Equipment placed in service during 2018 can qualify for 40% bonus depreciation. And equipment placed in service during 2019 can qualify for 30% bonus depreciation. For more details see: www.seia.org
Farmers and farm related businesses can apply for a REAP Grant through the USDA. Click the link for more details: www.rd.usda.gov
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How much maintenance is involved?
Your solar panel system is virtually maintenance free. Any dust or dirt which accumulates will be washed away by the rain. In fact, your gutters probably require more maintenance than the solar panels.