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Every day is Earth Day when commercial solar powers your business

Learn how installing commercial solar reduces your energy costs and positively impacts your corporate social image and carbon footprint – demonstrating your commitment to the environment not just on Earth Day, but every day of the year.

Earth Day is an annual opportunity for individuals and businesses across the globe to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouses gases – which many scientists believe are responsible for climate change – have increased over the past few decades.

In the United States, more than a third of greenhouse gas emissions result from utilizing fossil fuels to generate grid electricity. The more a business draws electricity from the grid, the higher their carbon footprint. In addition, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is projecting a 28% increase in energy consumption worldwide by 2040. Because of this energy unpredictability, businesses are looking to alternative energy sources and embedding sustainability at the heart of their energy strategy.

One way they are doing this is by generating and storing their own power onsite.

How going solar can make your business more profitable

What if you could lower your carbon footprint – and your energy costs – by generating and storing your own power?

Earth Day is the perfect time to bring awareness to a 100% renewable energy solution that is directly above our heads – commercial solar. Installing commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on your property can reduce reliance on grid energy, lower your energy costs and carbon footprint, and make every day Earth Day – each day, you demonstrate your commitment to global conservation by using your solar PV panels to generate efficient, sustainable energy onsite.

Utilizing solar can yield a powerful competitive advantage. With solar PV panels installed at your facility, the amount of grid electricity your site requires is reduced. Instead of drawing fossil-fuel powered energy from the grid, solar PV panels generate 100% renewable, efficient electricity onsite by converting the power of sunshine into electricity, which can be used immediately or stored in a battery storage system for later use. Lowering your reliance on the grid lowers your carbon footprint, and it also means lower operating costs – which can turn into additional profit or investments in other parts of your business.

Can going solar boost corporate social responsibility and revenue

By generating your own solar power, you can also demonstrate corporate social responsibility

While installing commercial solar PV panels provides the opportunity of lower energy costs and a more sustainable energy supply that reduces your business’ carbon footprint, it can have another added benefit ­– a more positive corporate social image. Going solar demonstrates corporate social responsibility (CSR) because you are reducing your impact on the environment by generating your own renewable, sustainable energy onsite.

Installing solar PV panels on your commercial property demonstrates to your customers and stakeholders that you take sustainability and environmental protection seriously. The solar PV panels on your property are visible, constant reminders that your business uses onsite assets to generate renewable energy that is good for the planet.

Do your customers care whether your business goes solar?

Demonstrating corporate social responsibility with solar power can even improve corporate performance

The link between CSR and profits is well-documented. Studies show that more and more customers are trending towards doing business with companies that take sustainability and the environment seriously – and they will care about your commercial solar power investment. A 2017 study by GFK showed that 56% of U.S. consumers are willing to pay more to use environmentally-friendly (“green”) products – a 3% increase since 2010.

Research by Centrica Business Solutions shows a similar trend, where a quarter of respondents said that investing in advanced energy solutions has not only improved their reputation but provided additional revenue too.

Solar is a truly sustainable energy solution that is making a nationwide impact

Solar energy has the potential to significantly reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. According to SEIA, more than 64 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar in the U.S. generates enough power to offset 73 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – and 1.2 billion trees store as much carbon as the emissions reduced by the U.S. solar industry.

This will only get better. SEIA predicts huge growth in solar adoption – total installed U.S. PV capacity will more than double over the next five years, with annual installations reaching 15.8 GW in 2021.

It is evident that going solar can provide a competitive advantage for your business by reducing your business’ operational costs and boosting performance – and reducing your carbon footprint and demonstrating corporate responsibility.

Commercial solar power is a truly sustainable energy solution that is a win for all. It is a win for your business. It is a win for your customers. And it is a win for the environment.