4 Easy Ways to Pitch Solar to Your Management Team

Sabrina Lopez
January 11, 2021
4 min read

Going solar can be a sizable investment for some, especially small and medium-sized businesses. But, unlike many property additions, solar returns money to your bottom line when it's turned on and will keep producing free energy for decades. In addition to all the positive financial benefits, a solar energy investment also adds to your company's "green" reputation, which will appeal to an increasingly environmentally-savvy marketplace.

The intricacies and process of installing a commercial solar energy system can be confusing, which might make proposing a solar investment to your management team an intimidating feat. If you think your business could benefit from solar, but you need help approaching management or the owners, don't worry, we're here to help.

We've put together this simple blog to highlight the various positive benefits your organization can reap when switching to solar. Use this material to guide your pitch, and contact us if you need help getting stuck. We'd be happy to help you make your case. 


1. Significant savings from solar

When you’re producing your own clean, affordable energy with solar panels, that’s money saved by not paying your utility for electricity that is all but guaranteed to be more costly every year. By reducing your reliance on utility power,  you lock in a predictable energy cost and free up money for other business areas. 

Every business has unique energy usage patterns and goals. This is particularly true with manufacturing facilities, which use more electricity than other businesses. Most of today’s leading manufactures know this fact and are actively investing in solar to shield their bottom line from increasingly expensive utility power. A reputable solar contractor will help you determine how adding solar can impact your organization's bottom line. 


2. Tax credits offset upfront investment but are disappearing fast

For a limited time, tax credits can dramatically reduce the costs of installing commercial solar. The federal government will offset up to 26% of a solar purchase via the solar investment tax credit (ITC). A qualified solar installer can help you explore the programs available in your area.

The tax credit will only last for a while. Beginning on January 1, 2023, the ITC will reduce to 22% before dropping to 10% permanently for commercial solar projects in 2024. If your company has been considering solar, now is the time to act! If your organization wants to reap the benefits of the 26% federal ITC, it's vital to start your solar journey today so your project will be eligible for the entire 26% credit.


Marc_Center_Solar_Image_23. Shade structures can be more affordable with solar

Many companies are implementing shady parking spots for customers and employees. Installing solar panels on parking shade structures is a great way to extend the solar tax credits into an adjacent addition (shade structures) while installing solar simultaneously. This will help give you an edge over your competition by providing customers and employees protection from the harsh southwest sun while also helping you save money over the decades. You'll be generating your electricity at a fraction of the cost of that sold by utilities. 


4. Other companies investing in solar

Solar is here to stay and it's evident through all the companies investing in this clean energy. Industry movers and shakers, like Sub-Zero Group, Inc,. PepsiCo and Voya Financial have all made the switch to solar. Check out SEIA's list of the top corporate solar installers for 2019 to gain even more insight into which companies are reaping solar's positive financial and environmental benefits. 

SEIA Solar Means Business 2019

More help has never been available to organizations that would like to start offsetting the rising energy cost with their solar power plant. Contact our commercial solar team to find out what’s available for your business.