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Leasing Your Commercial Property For Solar: Should You Do It?

Aside from the additional income, why should business owners enter into a solar lease for a rooftop or parking lot?

You may have recently been contacted by a renewable energy developer for a commercial solar lease or read about large companies like Facebook or Walmart installing solar panels on a rooftop. You may be asking what the benefits of a commercial solar lease includes. What is the difference between leasing your rooftop, parking lot to solar and investing in a solar panel project?

After more than a decade of developing renewable energy projects on leased and owned sites, we have extensive experience with the pros and cons of both.

Most solar developers are looking for large commercial rooftops or parking lots that can support utility-scale solar projects. Usually, rooftop or parking lots smaller than 25,000 square feet will not support the investment, unless they are part of a series of projects grouped together.

The solar lease process works the same as any other solar development: the business owners receive a free assessment of the rooftop or parking lot, where the solar project is best suited. Then, depending on the results of the assessment, we offer a lease.

This article will guide you through the benefits of commercial solar leases, including an outline of the pros and cons of installing solar on commercial rooftops and parking lots.

The Cons of Commercial Solar Leases

The cons of commercial solar leases are really the pros to owning a solar project on your rooftop or parking lot. Instead of immediate financial rewards, owned rooftop solar will take several years before financial impact will be seen. Yet, once those rewards come into effect, they can be larger and last longer – as long as the lifecycle of the array. Solar panels can last more than 25 years, and the benefits can last just as long.

The upfront investment has become less of a burden in the past few years. Costs of solar have steadily declined in the past few years, and there is still the Solar investment tax credit, which can help to offset the initial capital expenditure.

Which Industries Benefit from Commercial Solar

Any organization or company that has a large rooftop or parking lot has a lot to benefit from going solar, whether it is owned or a solar lease. Commercial solar leases often fall into one of the following industries:

Solar Panel Locations: Rooftop or Parking Lot

Solar panels can be installed on the rooftops of company buildings, or the surrounding parking lots. There are a few benefits to either location, as outlined below.

Rooftop Solar

  • Large rooftops can support huge solar arrays
  • Perfect for buildings with large flat rooftops
  • Improves property value
  • Multiple opportunities for companies with various locations

Solar Parking Lots

  • Constructive use of space
  • Does not impact the amount of parking spaces
  • Customizable for each company’s needs and branding
  • Covers employee and customer cars
  • Allows for easy maintenance of the lot

Deciding to make the switch to renewable energy can have a significant financial and environmental impact on businesses. When companies choose to go solar, they show that they are making a commitment to clean energy, while also saving money themselves. As we described above, business owners can easily choose to install solar on their rooftops or parking lots, providing clean energy not only to themselves but also to their surrounding community.

If you want to learn more about commercial rooftop solar, please visit our page here.

Are you a business owner? Contact us to get more information on installing solar on your rooftop or parking lot.

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