When people ask us about solar, our first question is, "What have you done at your organization to conserve energy?" Reducing your energy usage is the first step towards workingwith a renewable energy like solar PV. Have you installed CFL or high-efficiency lights like T8s? Have you changed your light switches to motion sensor switches? Adjusted thermostats one or two degrees cooler in the winter and warmer in summer? Have you insulated your building as much as possible, including windows? Do you have "energy suckers" like computers left on overnight or vending machines you could really do without?
Reducing the amount of energy your organization uses will help you determine what your energy needs really are and you need to know your region's energy costs, energy volatility and available incentives – federal, state and local – for your organization. It also clarifies the size system you will need to offset your energy needs. Melink can help you with this information and determine if solar is a good option for you.
Once the size of the system you will need is established, the Melink Solar team will visit your site to determine the best site for the system. They will evaluate whether a roof system, field solar array or solar canopy best suits your needs, explore any shading challenges the area may have and check proximity to the power grid. Each project is customized to the site and the site survey will help us determine the best solution for your facility.
Commercial solar PV projects by their nature can be expensive due to the customization of the project, the amount of labor and cost of materials. However, tax incentives and the reduction in the cost of solar PV panels and components are making solar energy a reality now more than ever before. Our team will exhaust every avenue of incentives and provide you with a model that makes financial sense, including the popular solar PPAs. Our team will also tell you if it doesn't make financial sense, and sometimes that does happen. When the financing is complete, the Melink team will design, construct, commission and maintain your solar PV system as determined by program we've developed with you. Contact us to learn more.