How Solar Can Help You
Online Clean Energy provides a complete solar assessment, design, build and installation service. As a Division of Online Builders, we have decades of combined experience in providing a full range of services for solar, new construction, restoration, renovation and commercial improvements.
As one of the most sustainable energy sources a photovoltaic system will reduce your facility’s overall impact on the environment. Installing a 1 MW photovoltaic system will offset approximately 1,073 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) each year. Reducing the CO2 by 1,073 metric tons is equivalent to:
- Reducing annual gasoline consumption by 122,208 gallons.
- Removing 196 passenger vehicles from the road each year.
- Preserving 7.5 acres of forest per year.
- Providing the annual electricity needs for 115 single family homes.
The installation of a photovoltaic system can have far reaching environmental impacts over the life of the system.
A photovoltaic system generates electricity during the peak energy consumption periods when electricity rates are at their highest. The system will provide a clean renewable source of energy while offsetting the most expensive electricity.
In addition, a photovoltaic system provides a fixed cost for electricity over the life of the system, while utility rates continue to escalate. Over the past 30 years the electricity rates in California have increased over 6% annually. Installing a photovoltaic system can assist your organization by fixing all or a portion of your electrical operating budget.
There are many financial incentives in place to assist in defraying the initial cost of installing a photovoltaic system on your property. First, the Federal government provides a 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to the owner of the system in the year that the system was put into service. Based upon the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 this ITC can now also be taken as a cash grant on any system that is installed in 2009 or 2010.
The Federal government also allows for the accelerated depreciation of the system over a 5-year MACRS schedule, rather than the standard capital expenditure depreciation schedule.
Finally, the California Solar Initiative (CSI) provided a performance based incentive for the first five (5) years of the system’s life. The CSI is provided on a reducing scale and varies with each utility, contact Online Clean Energy to determine how the CSI can benefit your installation.
The installation of a photovoltaic system assists in the national and local job creation. The creation of “green collar” jobs are regarded as some of the highest quality jobs in the nation. It is estimated that for every 1 MW installed 36 jobs are created.
The installation of a system can be a great motivator to monitor and reduce the overall power consumption through energy efficiency and energy conservation. This will reduce the overall burden to the local grid and reduces the need to construct transmission and distribution lines to meet peak power needs.
Finally, the installation of a photovoltaic system is a visible display of your company’s commitment to the environment.
How Our Solar Design/Build Process Works
Meet & Understand
We sit down with you to learn your needs, review project objectives and assess the scope of your solar project. Contact us for a meeting.
Financial & Environmental Assessment
In this step we discuss issues like estimated production, carbon footprints and how these affect possible rebates and grants. We also take a look at how city & state regulations, and utilities in your area affect your solar project.
Clean Energy Analysis – Project Timeline & Quotes
Our Clean Energy Analysis document will provide you with a roadmap for your solar project. This will include information such as estimated costs, timelines and site plans. It will also include effects on your facility during installation and living with solar.
Online Clean Energy will apply for any applicable permits and contact a California Solar Incentive program administrator on your behalf to apply for financial incentives and arrange for your system to be interconnected to your utility company's power grid.
Finally we meet with you after installation is complete to ensure the project went well.