Solar Energy

Why is Solar Energy so Important?

Some people don’t realize how much solar energy impacts our lives. States like Massachusetts are setting examples of the renewable energy movement across the country, and we need to realize how important it is to the planet. Working towards a 100% Renewable Energy planet is sustainable for each and every person’s life.

Solar panels in a field

The Benefits of Solar Energy

There are so many benefits with solar energy, and we want you to know about all of them. Our planet is battling with climate change every minute and nations across the globe are working towards fixing this problem, so we don’t end up with more and more problems in the future.

Here are the benefits:

  • Reduces the use of fossil fuels
  • Non-polluting
  • It’s a renewable energy
  • Generates wealth and jobs
  • Economic Savings
  • Solar + Storage is a resilient, decentralized, renewable generation resource

Solar energy is useful for generating electricity on a small scale and a large-scale basis. This simple technology is transforming the way we think about renewable energy and the way we live.

Pope Energy and Solar Development

Pope Energy is a developer and constructor of commercial and large-scale solar photovoltaic power projects. We provide system owners, landowners, and businesses with development, engineering, procurement, construction and operations and maintenance services.

Our Services include:

Solar Development, Solar Engineering, Procurement and Construction, Solar Operations and Maintenance, Energy Storage, Consulting and Project Restoration, Energy Procurement

If you are system owners, large-scale energy users, commercial & industrial, land and real estate owners, or public sector, we will work closely with individuals and companies. We also assist in providing  financing solutions for a customer who desires to own a commercial solar project but does not have the capability to monetize tax credits and accelerated depreciation.

If you’re a business or an individual interesting in solar energy projects, contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 for more information on how we can help!

Massachusetts Ranks First in 2019 Community Power Scorecard

The 2019 Community Power Scorecard is in, and Massachusetts won first place, demonstrating our state’s outstanding commitment to energy policies that benefit the environment.

Solar field in Massachusetts

Community Power Scorecard

Released on an annual basis by the Energy Democracy Initiative of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the Community Power Scorecard tracks and gives composite scores for states based on their energy policies, as well as the effect these policies have on local clean energy action and community initiatives.

 

Massachusetts came in first, with a Community Power Score of 32 out of 38 possible points. Many of the state’s policies encourage local power, including net metering and simplified interconnection to encourage the use of distributed energy resources (DERs), like solar. The state also mandates utility renewable energy procurement to include DERs. Its policies are community-friendly, permitting shared or community renewable energy, allowing communities to choose their own energy suppliers, and allowing community-provided financing for commercial properties that have property-assessed clean energy. Not only does the Bay State have a state building energy code, but it also encourages individual communities to go above and beyond the state standard with its “stretch code.”

 

Despite Massachusetts being recognized at the top in the nation, Massachusetts is not reaching for its potential. The solar industry that Massachusetts has started experiences on-again-off-again availability of solar program capacity due to timid legislative and regulatory commitment. Massachusetts should truly lead the nation by establishing a solar generation goal that equals 25% of the electric load of the state by 2030 and eliminate the caps on net metering.

 

At Pope Energy, we’re always trying to stay at the forefront of the battle against climate change, working with our clients to go green. We’re proudly involved in all of the initiatives that earned Massachusetts its number-one spot. We develop and construct commercial and large-scale solar photovoltaic projects for builders and property owners throughout the state. Give us a call today at 855-767-3363 to learn more.

Advantages of a Commercial Solar System for Your Building

As a building owner, it is your responsibility to invest in the well-being of your property and the people within it. And recently, this means investing in renewable energy, specifically solar power.

Solar Panels on Roof of BuildingLess operating costs

What we know of commercial buildings—be it schools, offices, or stores—is that electricity costs make up a significant portion of the overall cost of the building.

This affects the cost of upkeep, and the rent that tenants pay.

With a solar system installed, however, it’s been reported that commercial buildings stand to save between 20 and 40 percent of their electricity bill when they invest in a solar system.

More reliable with less maintenance

Solar panels are a low maintenance investment with a high reward. They are built to withstand the elements, creating a very reliable system to power your building with no noise or functional interference.

The longevity of solar panels is incomparable to any other utility electricity.

Incentives to invest

There are a number of incentives on the state and federal level in place for you to invest in solar. It almost pays to go green.

Not only does it improve the reputation of your building and add value to your property, the increased cash flow allows you to spend more on the commercial property itself, thus enhancing the experience for all tenants.

If you’re ready to commit to commercial solar power and are interested in learning more about the investment, call on the team at Pope Energy. We combine energy efficiency with the latest technologies to outfit your building with a solar system that meets your needs and reduces your carbon footprint. Call us at 855-767-3363 today to learn more.

Key Benefits of Incorporating Solar into Industrial Facilities

Advancements in technology and favorable regulations have drastically increased the viability of solar for a wide-array of businesses. If you are thinking about incorporating solar energy into your large-scale project or industrial or commercial facility, Pope Energy can make that a reality.

Let’s explore some of the numerous benefits your company could take advantage of by switching to solar.

Environmental

The most obvious benefit of solar energy is of course reducing your company’s carbon footprint and environmental impact. Unlike fossil fuels, the source of energy used is limitless and does not generate harmful byproducts like pollution. Harnessing the power of the sun allows the need for a stable and inexhaustible power source to be met, while simultaneously contributing to sustainability goals.

Commercial Solar PanelsEconomic

While moving to renewables is a necessary goal, businesses must weigh that consideration against economic needs. Luckily, solar power can also financially benefit your company. The cost per kilowatt-hour has decreased to at or below other energy sources, with researchers predicting solar to completely undercut other fuels for the same power by 2020.

Federal subsidies lower the average cost of solar to $.08 per kilowatt-hour and long-term predictions anticipate a fixed rate below $.10. The availability of state subsidies can reduce this cost even more!

While there is an initial investment in solar systems, prices have been shrinking significantly over time. Moreover, commercial users have the added benefit of the economies of scale dynamic. This means the cost per watt paid for a solar system decreases as the size of the system increases.

Solar is expected to undercut the competition in coming years, so investing in the installation of these technologies today while other incentives are in place will put you ahead of the curve. Investment now is a sure way to save your company money on future energy costs.

Reliability

With all the economic and environmental benefits to solar, why might some still be skeptical?

The ability to provide power when the sun isn’t shining may be an area of uncertainty for people. Storage solutions are a major innovation area for solar power that can be utilized day or night, rain or shine. Additionally, commercial solar users tend to require higher amounts of energy during the day when energy production is at its peak making it a quality energy source for daytime businesses. Utility Demand Charges are capable of being reduced with the inclusion solar + storage and the economic capabilities of battery storage are forecasted to expand in the near future.

Assessing your company’s needs and the availability of technological advancements in storage will ensure you have a consistent reliable power source regardless of outdoor conditions.

These are just some of the many advantages of transforming your company’s energy source to solar. Contact us so we can further discuss the specific needs of your solar project and any potentially applicable subsidies your company could use to save even more. Please call 855-767-3363 today!