Sun Commercial Solar; Green Energy Advisor & Alternative Solar Energy Solutions & Products for all SWFL - Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, & Collier Counties - The Islands & Inlands
Solar powered alternative energy systems by Sun Commercial Solar provide Southwest Floridians with affordable solutions to today's rising residential and commercial energy costs and uncertain energy future. The monthly cost of your energy bill can be invested into your own personal solar energy systems and conservation measures that will fix your energy costs over the next 40 years at today's utility rates, and provide a risk free substantial tax-free return on investment and equity value to you instead of to your utility provider.
Green Energy -- Alternative Energy Solutions
Alternative energy solutions, often referred to as “green energy” are exactly that; green energy for an improved environment and green for what stays in your wallet. Solar electric systems and other alternative energy products for, residential, commercial, and community associations, combined with energy conservation measures, will virtually eliminate your electric bill. Possibly, a majority of your vehicle fuel expense, as well. Your energy expense will be a lower, fixed cost for decades with no political or financial risks and no electricity rate inflation. Solar energy is simply the least expensive, least risk, least polluting source of energy; in Florida today.
Alternative energy systems grow in value, expanding property equity, and reducing pollution from mega-power plant generation. An energy cost comparison, both financial and environmental, shows that alternative energy solutions, especially solar energy, yields very high, tax free, rates of return in the teens, or more, on your investment and lowers the societal economic impact and environmental impact of traditional electricity generation.
The 30% IRS investment tax credit on the total cost of most all solar products and accelerated depreciation for commercial solar products is money that otherwise will be paid to the IRS. These tax incentives will pay 30% of the cost of residential systems and possibly half, or more, of the costs of commercial solar energy systems with funds that ordinarily would be income taxes paid. These alternative energy sources will eliminate all known future political and financial risks, at a fixed cost, and place you in control of your financial future; not under the financial control of the powerful utility monopolies or world economic or political events. Energy, generated from the sun is a tax free value, therefore tax free income.
The facts About Solar and Alternative Energy – Financial and Environmental
Residential utility bills are paid with after tax income. Solar products, purchased with a loan or first mortgage have the additional benefit of tax deductible interest, thus converting your electric bill into equivalent tax free income and the loan payment into mostly tax deductible interest for many years instead of a utility bill paid in after tax dollars. Additionally, commercial applications receive substantial accelerated depreciation schedules. These tax circumstances are a huge benefit to homeowners, community associations, and businesses.
Integrating conservation measures and solar products during construction, remodeling, or retrofitting and financing of these improvements with a loan; reduces energy costs well below the utility service alternative. By the time any substantial loan principle is paid; utility rates will have risen, probably doubled; thus the return on principal paid, at that time, will be even more attractive. Incorporating these purchases with the origination of a primary mortgage yields phenomenal rates of return, due to lower interest rates.
What is the real cost of energy; especially electricity? Are you surprised to learn that one half of a Florida utility bill is for expenses other than generating and distributing electricity? Or that the growth rates of childhood asthma more than doubled in the last three decades due to air pollution? Or that the State of Florida advises you not to eat fish, AT ALL, or more than once a week, to once a month, from literally hundreds of bodies of fresh and saltwater and hundreds of species of fish due to utility power plant pollution? That utility company total electricity bills have increased nearly twice the general rate of inflation for the past ten years in Florida and are expected to continue? From 1910 until 1950 the incidence of cancer remained relatively constant in the US; after that to today the cancer rate grew fivefold? That tritium gas and tritium oxide (tritiated water), a radioactive isotope of hydrogen (H-3), and admitted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (not exactly a bastion of liberalism) is leaking into the groundwater from 75% of all US nuclear power plants, and causes cancer, birth defects and genetic abnormalities? All fossil fuel power plants emit massive amounts of CO2, NO, NO2, Sulfur dioxide, particulates, mercury and dozens of lesser known chemicals and pollutants that cause a multitude of illnesses in adults and children and there is increasing environmental damage being done by “fracking” to produce natural gas? Yes, Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore.
David vs. Goliath
One hundred percent of the expense of alternative energy solutions generates pollution free energy. One hundred percent of the energy generated by your alternative energy systems is consumed by you, at the ever inflating value of retail utility rates. All the other expenses and risks associated with power purchased from a utility company are eliminated at a lower, fixed cost, today, without pollution.
Electric bills contain a myriad of charges unrelated to generating electricity. FPL and the utility industry are consistently one of the five largest campaign contributors to State legislators. Your money paid to further their agenda, against your best interests. Investor owned utilities depreciate their entire capital equipment cost basis every eleven years. Most power plants are designed for a 40 to 65 year useful life and most other capital equipment expenses have much longer lives; this is corporate welfare.
Since 2006 the private utility companies in Florida have collected, and continue to collect, billions of dollars under State mandate for nuclear power plants that “cost estimates” and “online” schedules have, and will continue to expand and extend exponentially. The current estimate is well over $100 billion dollars and rising and projected, currently, to come online sometime in the mid to late 2020s. The major expenses of nuclear power plants are massively front loaded; therefore the lion’s share of the cost of the electricity they generate will appear in your bill as soon as they go on line. The relatively small charge to eventual total cost, being collected today, and mandated for nuclear power plants is to insure the investor owned utilities monopoly status by preempting all other generating technologies; except those the utility companies own and control.
These private utility companies have been unable to secure Federal licensing for these nuclear power plants for years or meet their budgets or schedules; yet they continue to ask and receive funding for these facilities from the PSC (Public Service Commission). Florida utility companies are clear; nuclear power is their electricity generation choice for the future; for their own best interests. You and Florida industry and the Florida economy will bear the risk and expense of the investor owned utilities decisions, regardless of cost. Read the Kury report attached.
For the first time, you may own your renewable, fuel free, pollution free energy generation for the indefinite future. Utility companies embracing solar energy would only serve to prove to consumers that alternative energy was economically practical and available to everyone on their own initiative, today.
Solar hot water heating is a building code requirement in most of southern Europe and the Middle East and costs less than ½ to 1/3 the cost of heating water with electricity. Germany, on the latitude with Maine, thus only two thirds as productive per solar panel as Florida, is one third of all solar photovoltaic products manufactured and consumed in all of history.
Less productive per dollar spent on solar products; North Carolina surpassed Florida in photovoltaic systems installations, this past year, with half the population of Florida and electricity, from the utility company, is cheaper in North Carolina than Florida. France, where 75% of the electricity generation is generated by nuclear power plants, just announced they were reducing this reliance to 50%. This may have something to do with the fact that their most recent nuclear power plant, presently under construction, is 200% over budget; and rising. Germany is decommissioning all its nuclear power plants. One day, this past May, Germany generated 30% of its national electricity consumption from photovoltaic panels.
This would be financially practical to duplicate in Florida on rooftops, alone. With the political will and as a result of our natural advantages; Florida would become a net exporter of clean, renewable, profitable electricity, indefinitely. This would create economic prosperity, energy security; reduce pollution, and too many jobs to count. Florida currently purchases about 20% of its electricity out of State.
These private companies will defend their monopoly status by any means necessary, especially through negative information and manipulation of consumer perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. They understand that perception is most of the marketing battle and will cleverly and subtly nurture or influence false perceptions and spread disinformation to generate anxiety and pray on human natures’ natural apprehension of change, to further their interests. Those who embrace change at this most opportune time will benefit; those who don’t will look back with regret.
Solar Energy and Alternative Energy Systems “New Technology”, NOT!
The advantages of alternative energy systems are many and obvious; both environmentally and economically. There are millions of solar installations worldwide; both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal (solar hot water and pool and spa heating, solar thermal electricity even solar thermal space heating; snowbirds).
Commercially available Solar PV electrical systems have been in service for 50 years and large scale, broad use of solar thermal water heating is as old as the Roman Empire, if not older. Commercially available PV systems became available with the first electric typewriter and first copy machine. Prior to World War II; there were 15,000 solar water heaters in south Florida, with a tiny population, compared to today. The electric companies came in after the War and offered free electric water heaters until the solar water heaters were all gone. Solar is far from being new technology; in fact all solar products predate the commercially available personal computer, by decades.
Ownership; Control Your Energy Future
The first known patent for a solar hot water heater was in 1891; the solar collectors and DHW/CHW (domestic/commercial hot water) systems of today are more dependable, with unlimited volume, than any other water heating technology and actually pay you a dividend. All other water heating technologies are an expense for their life and for the polluting energy they consume and add no value to your property. Solar water heating products recover their cost quickly by eliminating energy expenses and pollution and utilizing free energy for years or decades afterward and add value immediately to your property. This is true for solar pool and spa heating, as well.
The dominate solar technologies cost/return ratio, materials, and manufacturing methods have been refined to the greatest practical economy. Southwest Florida is, by far, one of the very top geographically efficient locations in the 50 states for photovoltaic and thermal systems.
Southwest Florida is even more productive than Hawaii which is at lower latitude. Review the “products” tab to understand the importance of location, latitude, and panel orientation as these factors relate to energy production volume and economic return on investment. The annual average production of a photovoltaic system and all solar products, for that matter, is absolutely predictable regardless of the weather or other external factors.
Electricity generated by a solar photovoltaic system in SWFL costs about 6 to 8 cents per kWh, fixed cost over the PV system’s useful life, plus any allowance for the opportunity cost of purchase capital or loan interest expense per kWh generated over the useful life of the systems. Solar water heating is less expensive by a factor of 2 to 3 times. FPL and LCEC charge around 10 cents to 11 cents for commercial accounts, today, and 11 cents to 12 cents plus for residential accounts. Further, commercial PV systems will allow for management of commercial demand charges.
Financial benefits, Risks, and Utility rate Inflation in Relation to Solar Energy Systems
The Florida Solar Energy Center (www.fsec.ucf.edu ) projects utility rates to increase at 6.1% per annum and the US DOE projects nationwide electricity rates to inflate between 5% and 7% in the foreseeable future. As nuclear power, at a completely unknown cost that is massively front loaded, and natural gas will constitute a large majority of this future generation capacity, these estimates are unreliable, at best, and pure fantasy at worst, but surely will be greater than the general rate of inflation.
The cost and energy production volume of a PV system is accurate to a few percentage points for 40 years at absolutely no environmental, political or financial risks. All possible variables are known quantities, with the exception of utility rate inflation; the avoided risk which gives alternative energy systems their greatest financial benefit.
Solar panels were much more than half the cost of a PV system just three years ago. Today photovoltaic panels are less than half the PV system cost. Due to the worldwide recession and a doubling in manufacturing capacity; panel prices have fallen precipitously. Solar panel manufacturers are losing money on every solar panel sold, currently. This cannot continue. Solar panel manufacturers will consolidate or bankrupt until wholesale solar panel prices rise to a level of profitability commiserate with financial risk, at higher prices.
Once you implement less expensive conservation measures, reducing the cost of your alternative energy systems and own your PV system, your water heating systems, and possibly your plug-in hybrid car or own an EV (electric vehicle) there is no energy or electricity rate inflation for decades. You own these systems. You no longer are dependent on a utility service provider, their impossibly flawed generation technology decision criteria, with self serving goals and monopoly powers.
These systems inflate in value at a rate greater than general inflation, thus their real dollar value increases for decades, less actual depreciation. As the industry consolidates and panel prices rise; the value of existing alternative energy systems will rise to reflect these increased system costs and inflated utility service rates, in the future. When you sell your property, regardless of timing, studies show you will receive an immediate profit on your investment in these systems and your property will have a market advantage that will result in greater marketability of your property.
The Choice is Yours
There simply are no disadvantages to conservation and solar alternative energy systems. You must have the energy, therefore the question is simple; do you own your clean energy future at a fixed cost, no rate inflation, with no political or financial risks and increasing add value to your property and reduce pollution; or do you continue to pay for a service with numerous increasing risks at unknown, but certainly rising costs, that adds no value to your property and generates increasing pollution?
Do you want your grandchildren to have a better life than yours? These are your choices and based on your decisions. Who decides you; or the politicians and the utility companies? It’s one or the other, but at least now you have a choice.
The Sun Commercial Solar Mission Statement
As in every industry, not all solar companies operate with the same experience, expertise, education and training or the same set of values or integrity, but everyone seems to lay claim to being the best; it would seem. The foundation of the mission of Sun Commercial Solar is the best approach to conservation first, accurate, economically sound consultation and advice second, and the implementation of best products available and service possible to create environments, as economically practical and absent of environmental impact as possible; in which to work and live.
Price is a function of cost and value. We are competitive, but usually our experience is; we are the lowest bidder and Sun Commercial Solar offers the best value, longest installer warranty, and superior installation materials and workmanship.
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Please call 239-243-8173 for information. A full energy audit, site analysis (online or in person), proposal, bid, and financial analysis of all our products and services or if you just want to discuss alternative energy.