Commercial PV Systems
A commercial PV system for a small business or commercial building isn’t fundamentally different from a residential system, just larger. With the module sizes and incentive payments available today, a system will be about 18 – 36 modules, producing about 5kw to 10kw of energy.
An essential requirement for a commercial system is building ownership because the incentive payments go to the owner of the building who is usually the the utilities customer.
Most commercial buildings have flat roofs which are ideal for large solar electric installations. A PV system on this type of structure generally requires a mounting structure that places the modules at the optimal inclination. A flat roof with a surrounding parapet allows the structure to be installed without roof penetrations by using the surrounding wall to fasten the module structure.
In a condominium building or complex, the condo association is responsible for the house utility meter that supplies power for the shared hallway, garage and exterior lighting. A PV system will reduce the condo fees for the individual owners.
Community Solar Program
If you are interested in investing in the incentives and benefits of a photovoltaic electric system but you do not own a home or business where you can build a photovoltaic system call us and we can help to design an array that is designed for dual use such as the innovative solar picnic shelters for Seattle’s first Community Solar installation at Jefferson Park.
We can show you using our industry leading licensed Ongrid.net analysis software to show you how the federal, state & local incentives for this type of community investment can work giving you the highest return on investment (ROI) in the nation.
One of the many utilities that participate in the Community Solar project is Seattle City Light. They have written a clear description of the way that the community solar system works by comparing it to the P-Patch program, go to Community Solar Project.