By Sammy Chu, CEO, Edgewise Energy
In Part 1 of this conversation, we covered some community solar basics (link.) In Part 2, we looked at how your commercial building could benefit from becoming a community solar generator. Now we will look at how to select a provider for your community solar installation and subscriber management project.
Who should you be considering for your community solar installation and subscriber management?
There are many contractors, installers and consultants available to satisfy your commercial property energy needs. The secret is knowing what you want to achieve in the first place, then selecting among the appropriate providers. Despite what many say, there is no “one size fits all” for your commercial property energy needs.
Prioritize Your Long Island Commercial Property Energy Goals
Ask yourself, “What are the commercial property energy goals for my business?” If you are most interested in reducing your energy costs, consider a project that reduces your energy consumption and generates electricity to cover the balance. If you don’t consume a lot of energy or you own buildings where you don’t pay the electric bill for tenants, then Community Solar could be a great option for you.
What are some of the other options to consider? Lighting, HVAC, building management systems – all of these come into play. You want to reduce your energy consumption before considering an energy-generation option.
Edgewise Energy is a participating contractor with the Hauppauge Industrial Association, Long Island (HIA-LI) and part of the initiative formed to offer commercial property owners an energy option to install solar power on their buildings in the Hauppauge Industrial Park. But that’s where the similarity to most of the other contractors ends.
When we work with customers, we proceed on the idea that your building may be an excellent candidate for solar energy as well as other energy efficiency measures that can lower your overall consumption, reduce your energy bills and shrink your carbon footprint. These options are good for your wallet and the environment.
We believe that your building should work for you and not the other way around. That’s important, because many times we’ve heard from property owners that they feel an energy solution has been shoe-horned onto their building – like over-planned solar before investigating energy reduction ideas.
To avoid this problem, we first conduct a comprehensive assessment into site feasibility, financial planning and engineering to ensure a smooth and profitable transition into the future. Then we strategically plan and direct your project from beginning to end.