Solar Panel Installation Government Institutions Photovoltaic (PV) Power Systems
Solar for Government Institutions
KW Solar Solutions, Inc has worked with many Government Institutions, Towns, Schools, Religious Organizations and Nonprofits by installing Solar panel PV Energy Systems. Government Institutions are typically the leaders of their communities, based in some good deed or Fire Stations by helping others through volunteerism. When businesses see their local charities and civic organizations go solar it’s just another opportunity to lead folks in the right direction. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Systems for Government Institutions can benefit from helping the environment by cutting energy costs, lowering bills and strengthening their own bottom lines.
Government Institutions have some options to pay for their solar system:
Direct ownership / Cash purchase means the nonprofit will purchase the system for its building or property and will own its electrical output outright can lead to a quicker project ramp-up time, but it’s important to note that Government Institutions are not eligible to take advantage of the tax incentives due to their tax-exempt status. Direct ownership of a system makes sense for your organization if you have the funds or can raise funds to cover the cost of the project. Government Institutions can still get access to specific state incentives and grants. Operations and maintenance costs are also your responsibility, but the energy produced is yours to use with no additional costs and solar is typically a low maintenance investment. Most solar panels come with a 25-year performance warranty. This is the industry standard from Tier 1 manufacturers at the moment.
Similar to a car lease, you pay a fixed, monthly amount to use the system for your facility. Depending on the terms of the lease, you may choose to purchase the system before the term ends. Operations and maintenance costs are typically covered, and you don’t pay for the energy produced.
Under third-party ownership, This option that can be very beneficial to nonprofits. A separate entity (such as a solar developer, a group of community investors set up a solar power purchase agreement) owns and operates the solar system on behalf of the organization. They reap the tax benefits that a Government Institutions can’t receive do to their tax-exempt status. The organization then pays the third party for the monthly electricity produced by the solar system. You are only responsible for purchasing the energy produced by the system based on a customized long-term payment plan at a discount to current market rates. Many Government Institutions prefer third-party ownership because they lack the upfront cash and/or the financing abilities to purchase their system outright. Through a third-party ownership model, solar providers typically own, operate, and maintain the system.
Note: Third-party ownership is only available in certain states and in some cases allows for Net metering (or net energy metering, NEM) a system in which solar panels or other renewable energy generators are connected to a public-utility power grid and surplus power is transferred onto the grid, allowing customers to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility. Some States allow Aggregate net metering is the practice of allowing one or more customers to combine their electrical meters for the purpose of net metering. Because Government Institutions typically have many electric accounts and meters, aggregate net metering is one of the most relevant aspects of solar policy for Government Institutions solar projects. Contact us to find out where it is available or sources for your project.
Special considerations for Government Institutions
Tax-exempt status: Due to their tax-exempt status, Government Institutions are not eligible to apply the 26 percent federal tax credit to their solar installations. To leverage the full value of the federal tax credit, these organizations can install their systems through solar financiers or third parties who will be able to monetize the tax credit and incorporate those savings into the final price.
Ability to fundraise via grants and donations: Government Institutions organizations are uniquely suited to go solar with dedicated members eager to help fundraise, donate and members can contribute to lasting electricity bill savings.
Community engagement: Government Institutions are always looking for ways to engage their members and supporters. When going solar, nonprofits can create opportunities for members to get involved with fundraising, designing, and education as it related to the solar installation.
Alternative project models:
Solar co-ops bring together interested homeowners and business owners, educate them about solar, and leverage their bulk purchasing power to secure the most competitive installation pricing in the area.
Utilize or create a community-owned power purchase agreements (PPAs)
Community-owned PPAs are entail a community creating a third-party entity to own the system on behalf of the organization. This will allow it to take advantage of tax incentives. This third-party entity (made up of community members) owns and operates the solar system. The organization then pays this entity for the electricity produced by the panels on its building.
- A Guide to Community Solar (NREL) National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- The State of Maryland offers solar grants to help residents, businesses, nonprofits and local government organizations.
- Request for Proposals Guide & Template for Nonprofits – This report from the All Points North Foundation outlines steps nonprofits should take when considering solar.
- Solar Schools Census – A database of schools that have gone solar compiled by the Energy Foundation. The database is a great way to connect with other schools that have gone solar in your area.
- Solar 4R Schools – A nonprofit that provides training and resources on solar for educators.
- Learning from Solar Congregations – This booklet tells the stories of 12 congregations in the Washington, D.C. metro area that have gone solar.
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Government Institution Installations
- Delaware Air National Guard– New Castle, DE 140.920 kW- Military
- Washington College-Chestertown, MD 89.16 kW – School
- New Castle County Building– New Castle, DE 78.00 kW- Municipal
- Delaware City Fire Company– DE City, DE 77.040 kW- Non-Profit
- Leipsic Fire Company – Leipsic, DE 51.66 kW- Non-Profit
- Hockessin Library-Hockessin, DE 50.04 kW- Municipal
- Belvedere Fire Company-Wilmington, DE 49.92 kW- Non-Profit
- Hacks Point Fire Company-Earlville, MD 43.10 kW- Non-Profit
- Ft Indiantown Gap (Military)-Annville, PA 21.32 kW- Military
- Relay Elementary School-Halethorpe, MD 17.01 kW- School
- Del Tech Community College– Stanton, DE 14.4 kW- School
- Delaware Center for Horticulture– Wilmington, DE 10.542 kW- Non-Profit
- Carvel Building-Wilmington, DE 10.3 kW- Municipal
- Brandywine School-Wilmington, DE 10.00 kW- School
- Town of Delmar-Delmar, DE 9.1 kW- Municipal
- Town of Clayton-Clayton, DE 5.28 kW- Municipal