Commercial Energy

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Commercial energy consumes vast amounts of electricity from conventional sources, such as PG&E. The United States is the foremost industrial power in the world, and our consumption of the earth's fossil fuels is alarming. It is impossible to revert to a less-complex, agrarian society, but there is a solution to our energy needs that draws from the limitless energy from the sun.

Commercial solar has so many advantages, it is hard to see why it has taken this long--and a major crisis in California--to make it the preeminent answer to our perilously-limited fossil fuels. Aging electricity grids and an antiquated interlocking power system across the nation recently brought the East Coast to a standstill. With simple, clean solar modules, all these problems can be approached intelligently and economically.

Economics of Installing a Solar System

The economics of going solar is more complicated than simply calculating the cost. This can be done on the Website of the California Energy Commission (CEC) with its Clean Power Estimator. Factors that affect the economics include the amount of sunlight available, local utility rates, site roof condition, and any site peculiarities.

Keep in mind that renewable commercial energy sources are not only eligible for California rebates and tax credits, but for a federal investment tax credit as well. With uncertainty about future electricity supply and rates, the plentiful supply of solar power is assuring! Sunlight provides us with more power than we can harness--it will not be depleted, but brings us an earth-friendly source of energy.


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