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Daryl Zeis's Blog Posts

REC Solar - July 19, 2014

Evaluating Commercial Solar: Payback, ROI, NPV, and IRR

How much your business saves over the 25 to 30 year lifetime of a typical commercial solar system depends on many factors, including how you finance it, federal and local incentives,...

REC Solar - June 09, 2014

New Program Solves the Stranded Solar Meter Problem for California Farms

SB 594, a law that went into effect in PG&E utility territory February 2014, now allows property owners to aggregate the electricity load of multiple utility meters scattered throughout...

REC Solar - May 19, 2014

Three Key US Commercial Solar Tax Incentives Fighting for 2014 Extension

You can never truly predict what legislation will actually pass through Congress and get signed by the President. Nevertheless, there are several expiring solar tax benefits in the...

REC Solar - May 05, 2014

Believe It or Not, Solar Is Getting Hot in Minnesota

You might think that a northern state like Minnesota wouldn’t be a hot market for solar energy, but solar works great in northern and colder climates. To capture that solar potential,...

REC Solar - April 23, 2014

Three New Finance Models for Non-Profits to Go Solar

  There have generally been two main financial challenges for non-profits interested in going solar. First is the lack of funds or credit availability for purchasing a solar system....

REC Solar - March 24, 2014

How Solar Reduced a California Farm’s Electric Bill by 75 Percent

A solar system installed by REC Solar at a California vineyard. Today’s farmers are increasingly using the sun’s energy to grow more than just fruits and vegetables. Solar power systems...

- February 18, 2014

What's a Utility Demand Charge and How Commercial Solar Can Help

If you’re an operations manager of a commercial building or industrial facility, then you probably know that a major portion of your monthly bill can come from so-called “demand charges.”...

REC Solar - January 31, 2014

Why Wal-Mart, Staples, Apple, and Other Top Brands Are Going Solar

Wal-Mart, the number one retailer in the United States, also turns out to be the number one retail brand when it comes to solar installations, but it’s not alone. According to Solar...

REC Solar - December 12, 2013

Commercial Solar Financing: Leasing Your System vs. Owning It

One of the biggest concerns of anyone going solar is the upfront cost and/or how to finance it. With commercial solar systems, you basically have four main options: Purchase with Cash...

REC Solar - November 22, 2013

On a Commercial Roof, Should My Solar Arrays Be Ballasted or Attached?

At first glance, using a ballasted solar racking system seems like an easy choice because there will be no roof penetrations. However, depending on the structure of your roof and other...

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