A recent article from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reports that solar energy supplies approximately 19% of California’s electricity today. Commercial solar energy is a major contributor to this number as more and more businesses make the switch to solar. That being said, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding commercial solar, and whether or not it is worth the investment. Understandably, business owners have many questions and concerns about solar because making the switch to renewable energy is an investment, yet it is one that delivers a fantastic return on investment and one that we truly stand behind. 

Today, West Coast Solar will explore and debunk the most common myths about commercial solar to help enlighten our business-owning friends and neighbors about the numerous benefits of installing commercial solar panels in California.  

Six Common Myths About Commercial Solar Power Systems

Myth #1: Taking My Business Solar Is Too Expensive

False. There has never been a better time to invest in a solar array for your business. In fact, SEIA reports that solar prices have actually fallen by 40% over the last five years. Here at West Coast Solar, we want to help everyone enjoy the benefits of solar energy, which is why we offer fair, competitive rates, and will help you find the best financing for your investment. 

Additionally, from the federal ITC tax credit to local solar incentives in California, you can enjoy an immediate and long-term return on your investment, as well as decades-long savings. As of 2020, owners of commercial solar systems can deduct 26% of the total cost of their system from their income taxes with the ITC tax credit. This percentage will drop to 22% by 2021, so now is the time to invest for maximum savings. 

Myth #2: Installing Solar Panels Is Too Complicated

False. When you work with a dedicated and experienced solar company in California, like West Coast Solar, you can feel confident in knowing that we will work with you each step of the way. You see, we want to make going solar simple, convenient, and stress-free for you, your employees, and your patrons. From the financing and planning to the design and installation, we’ll be there for the entire process. To make things more efficient and streamlined, we’ll even coordinate with the electric company and secure the proper permits for you so you can spend more time focusing on running your business.

Myth #3: Installing a Solar Array Will Disrupt My Business

False. We understand that your business is your lifeblood, which is why we work efficiently to ensure a timely installation with the least amount of disruption to your business operations. Our skilled, prompt, and respectful technicians handle the entire installation process to ensure that the job is completed correctly the first time, and we never use subcontractors.

Myth #4: My Roof Won’t Support Solar Panels

False. Don’t let the size or shape of your roof fool you when it comes to solar panels. At West Coast Solar, our experienced and innovative engineers and technicians work together to find the best solution for your business so you can reap all the rewards of powering your company with clean, renewable energy. Whether you have a small roof, flat roof, pitched roof, or even a rounded roof, our team can design and install solar panels to work with your roof’s shape, size, architectural style, and orientation.  

Myth #5: Solar Panels Can Only Be Installed in Rooftops

False. A common misconception about solar panels is that they can only be installed on rooftops. While installing photovoltaic panels on a roof is one of the most simple, efficient, and cost-effective methods, it is not the only option. 

To put it simply, the panels just need to see the sun in order to capture the sun’s rays and transform them into usable energy. That being said, if you don’t have a roof that is suitable to support a solar panel array, or it makes more sense to have solar panels installed elsewhere on the property, a ground-mounted solar panel system may be a better option.

During your initial roof and property inspection, our solar team will first determine whether or not your roof can support panels and make the appropriate recommendations. During the planning and design phase, we will explore your energy usage needs and goals to help us create the right size system to power your business. Then, we can install the panels accordingly, and you can start enjoying all the benefits of solar energy! 

Myth #6: Solar Panels Require Significant Maintenance

False. Another common myth about commercial solar panels is that they require a lot of maintenance. If you partner with a reputable, reliable, and highly recommended solar company like us, then you can feel confident that your system was designed and built for maximum durability and longevity. We pride ourselves in designing and installing commercial solar power systems that are built to last, to withstand the elements, and provide the most return on your investment with the least amount of maintenance. Other than a few annual inspections, you should not have to worry about maintaining your solar panels. 

Of course, if you are experiencing an issue with your system, West Coast Solar is just a call or a click away, and we will always be there to assist you when you need us. Additionally, we offer some of the most competitive warranty options to protect your solar power system — and your investment.  

Ready to Get Hooked on Solar?

We hope this article has helped clear up any misconceptions about solar and has you feeling enthusiastic about making the switch to this beneficial and sustainable energy resource. If you have questions about taking your business solar, or you want to schedule a free consultation for commercial solar panel installation, then we are excited to meet with you! Contact West Coast Solar, Northern California’s Top Rated Local® solar company, to get started.

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