Why These 3 Different Businesses Decided To Go Solar

Written by Tara DelBianco, SUNation Energy Commercial Business Director

When I first started working in the solar industry, most residential homeowners I would speak with didn’t have a lot of understanding when it came to solar. Now, more than a decade into my career at SUNation Energy, we’re seeing clients who are much more well informed. People understand that solar energy is cleaner and more affordable than buying electricity direct from the utility. They understand the goal is to have a finance payment that’s lower than what they are currently paying monthly for their electric bills.

Now, we’re starting to see the same swing in understanding from business owners on Long Island and in NYC.

What Are Some Reasons Commercial Building Owners Are Going Solar?

  • Lower their energy costs
  • Take advantage of solar tax credits, rebates and loan programs
  • Reduce impact on the environment
  • Generate additional income through Community Solar programs or lease payments

Recently we asked some of our SUNation Energy commercial clients what their reasons were for making the switch to solar. This is what they had to say.

(Answers have been edited for length and clarity.)

1. The Sayville Motor Lodge

Located right off of Sunrise Highway in Sayville, this system is visible while driving by! The owner decided to go solar for the financial savings and what he described as a fast return on investment. They utilized a PACE loan to finance their project and will be saving on average approximately $19,000.00 annually.

What was your reason for going solar:

1-Reduced business expenses

2-High and fast return on investment (ROI)

3-Tax incentives”

Were there pain points you had to get through during the process that you would caution other building owners about?

“No pain points, SUNation handled all the financing and relayed important project milestones clearly.”

What is something you would tell another business owner about going solar? 

“Don’t wait on going solar. Tax incentives will eventually get lower and lower. Businesses will miss out on thousands of dollars that would affect ROI and cash flow for their businesses.”

2. New York Tent

New York Tent is a temporary structure and tent rental company. They purchased two buildings in Bohemia and were looking to utilize an SBA 504 Green Loan which helps small businesses incorporate energy-efficient solutions like solar into their project. Their estimated annual savings between the two building will be around $40,000.00 annually.

What was your reason for going solar:

“At first, we wanted to install it as it was a requirement for an SBA 504 loan program we were trying to qualify for, but once we started seeing the cost savings benefit we were sold.”

What ultimately led to your decision to choose SUNation over other companies?

“Professionalism.”

What is something you would tell another business owner about going solar?

“The cost savings far outweighs the upfront costs. In addition, when you contemplate available tax credits, the decision is made for you. This especially holds true if you have a business that consumes a lot of energy.”

3. Bayport Flower Houses

 

Bayport Flower Houses is a retail flower shop, gardening and landscape center located in Bayport. It’s been family-owned and operated since 1932! They chose to do a rooftop system and to add in a Smartflower (a standalone sculptural solar array in the shape of a flower). Because this business has been in operation at the same location for 90 years, it was not without its permitting challenges.

What was your reason for going solar:

“The reason we wanted solar was to help mitigate the use of fossil fuels to power our business. We have an Earth Friendly mission at Bayport Flower Houses.”

What ultimately led to your decision to choose SUNation over other companies?

“We chose SUNation based on Mike (the co-founder) and the people around him. He pushed me to begin the project even though I was skeptical we could pull off the permitting process. The permitting hurdles were/are a challenge for a 90-year-old business such as ours.”

What is something you would tell another business owner about going solar?

“It certainly is not something for me that was driven by ultimate payback, but I do feel good we are doing our part to help ease the use of fossil fuels. Overall, the solar installation and customer service on the actual hardware and software by SUNation was great.”

How can Commercial Solar Benefit Your Business?

If you own a commercial property and are interested in gaining the same benefits as these business owners, or more, contact our SUNation Energy office today at 631-750-9454 to get a free quote.

Visit our commercial solar page to learn more about other options like community solar, battery storage and electric vehicle charging or check out our commercial solar gallery to view our custom-designed solar arrays. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced team is ready to help you learn more about how a commercial solar system can benefit your business today and for years to come!


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