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Is Solar Right for My Business?

By answering a few key questions, we hope you’ll feel equipped to make a decision on whether or not solar is a good option for your business.

What is your current average monthly bill?

By taking into account what you’re paying now, and how much energy you’re using, you can determine whether or not the potential savings could outweigh the costs when it comes to participating in solar.

Do you rent space in an office building or are you the building owner?

Renters:

While you may not be able to install solar panels, that doesn't mean you can't support solar energy. Renters in Colorado and Minnesota can consider buying a subscription to a community solar garden through our Solar*Rewards Community® program. Renters in Wisconsin can consider signing up for our Solar* Connect CommunitySM program.

Not interested in going solar, but still want to use renewable energy? Our Windsource® for Business program is an easy, affordable option without a long-term contract. Renters in New Mexico and Michigan are also eligible to participate in Windsource® for Business.

Owners:

If you own your office building, consider the following factors when determining whether or not an on-site solar energy system is right for you.

Are your roots firmly planted at your current address, or is there a possible move in your future?

Some programs require a long-term commitment or contract, and others are more flexible. Because of this, you’ll want to carefully review the length and flexibility of each program, along with the costs.

Are you open to installing solar panels on site at your business or on the roof?

Yes: If you're planning on staying at your current location long-term, and are willing to commit to long-term solar, having your own solar energy system may be a good option for you. However, if you're not quite sure how long you'll be in your current location, or don't want to deal with system maintenance or selling a building with solar, a Solar*Rewards Community® subscription or Windsource® for Business may be better options for you if you live in a participating state.

If you are interested in an on-site solar energy system, you'll want to begin looking for an installer or developer to work with; we recommend soliciting at least three bids. Learn more on the Working with Third Party Providers page. Once you've found a developer to work with, they can help you to determine if your building is a good candidate for solar by taking into account factors such as the direction your building faces, whether or not anything would get in the way of that direct sun exposure, and roof size. As a part of their Installing and Maintaining a Home Solar Electric System (external link) page, energy.gov provides a helpful table on how roof size and system size are related.

No: We offer several renewable energy options for customers who prefer a more "hands off" approach.

Colorado and Minnesota residents can consider participating in our Solar*Rewards Community® program and Wisconsin residents can consider signing up for our Solar* Connect CommunitySM program for a maintenance-free way to harness the power of the sun. Our Windsource® for Business program is a great option too. Customers in New Mexico and Michigan are also eligible to participate in Windsource® for Business.

Still have questions?

The Installing and Maintaining a Home Solar Electric System (external link) page on energy.gov lists factors to consider before installing your own solar.

If you're still unsure whether or not solar makes sense for you, email us and we’ll help you learn more about your solar choices.

Energy Saving Tip

Have your home checked for leaky ducts, drafts around doors and windows, fireplace dampers, and other places where air might escape.

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Gas Meter Safety

Keep your natural gas meter dry and clear of snow and ice at all times to avoid the potential for dangerous indoor natural gas buildup.

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