Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Systems for Nonprofits, Religious Organizations & Tax Exempt

Solar for Nonprofits

KW Solar Solutions, Inc has worked with many Nonprofits, Towns, Schools, Religious Organizations and government institutions by installing Solar panel PV Systems. Nonprofits are typically the leaders of their communities, based in some good deed or 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. Nonprofits can benefit from helping the environment by cutting energy costs, lowering bills and strengthening their own bottom lines.

Solar Panel Photovoltaic (PV) Power Systems for Nonprofits, Religious Organizations & Tax Exempt Installations by KW Solar Solutions, Inc. 

Delaware Air National Guard

New Castle, DE 140.920 kW


Townsend Fire Company

Townsend, DE 124.8 kW


Washington College

Chestertown, MD 89.16 kW


New Castle County Building

New Castle, DE 78.00 kW


Delaware City Fire Company

Delaware City, DE 77.040 kW


Silverside Church

Wilmington, DE 65.8 kW

Non-Profit (Religious)

Leipsic Fire Company

Leipsic, DE 51.66 kW


Hockessin Library

Hockessin, DE 50.04 kW


Belvedere Fire Company

Wilmington, DE 49.92 kW


Hacks Point Fire Company

Earlville, MD 43.10 kW


Newark UMC

Newark, DE 30.78 kW

Non-Profit (Religious)

Ft Indiantown Gap

Annville, PA 21.32 kW


Child, Inc.

Wilmington, DE 19809 20.52 kW


Relay Elementary School

Halethorpe, MD 17.01 kW


Child, Inc.

#2-Bear, DE 13.68 kW


Del Tech Community College

Stanton, DE 14.4 kW


DE Center for Horticulture

Wilmington, DE 10.542 kW


Carvel Building

Wilmington, DE 10.3 kW


Brandywine School

Wilmington, DE 10.00 kW


Loyal order of Moose

Elkton, MD 10.08 kW


Town of Delmar

Delmar, DE 9.1 kW


Village Improvement Assoc.

Rehoboth, DE 6.11 kW


Town of Clayton

Clayton, DE 5.28 kW


Nonprofits 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 nonprofits 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. Nonprofits 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.

Solar lease
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 Nonprofit 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 nonprofits 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 Nonprofits typically have many electric accounts and meters, aggregate net metering is one of the most relevant aspects of solar policy for Nonprofit solar projects. Contact us to find out where it is available or sources for your project.

Special considerations for Nonprofits

Tax-exempt status: Due to their tax-exempt status, nonprofits 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: Nonprofit 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: Nonprofits 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.



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Elkton, MD 21921

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Solar panel energy system installation for NonProfits in Delaware 507 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809
We have been very, very pleased by the service we received from KW Solar. I would be happy to write a few lines. How is this:
As the Executive Director of a nonprofit agency I worry every day about finding and managing the resources necessary to provide services to children who have been abused and families impacted by domestic violence. By installing solar energy Child, Inc. has been able to reduce our energy costs for years to come. The money we will save will go directly to fulfilling our mission. The staff at KW Solar made it easy. From the beginning of the project to the end, the staff of KW Solar were helpful, professional, and friendly. Because Child, Inc. works with very vulnerable clients confidentiality is extremely important to us. The staff at KW Solar immediately understood and went out of their way to do their work in a way that protected the privacy of our clients. I am very happy to recommend KW Solar!
Tim Brandau, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Child, Inc.
507 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809
Photo of Commercial solar Panel PV photovoltaic Electric energy system size 10.8kW installed by KW Solar Solutions, Inc at Home of Elkton Md. Moose Lodge 851 & Chapter 969 71 Cherry Hill Rd, Elkton, MD 21921
Type: Commercial Electric
Solar Reviews Reviewed: 08/30/2018
KW Solar Helps Cut Moose Lodge Electric Bill
Our 36 panel system is generated more than expected and as a result will pay for itself a bit sooner. Looks good and works better!
Elkton Maryland Moose Lodge 851 & Chapter 969
Address: 71 Cherry Hill Rd, Elkton, MD 21921
Delaware City Fire Department Government Organization Solar PV Energy system installation by KW Solar Solutions, Inc at 815 5th St, Delaware City, DE 19706
“Our records indicate that we have been generating more power than anticipated. I would recommend KW Solar, they did an excellent job.”
1st Vice President – Delaware City Volunteer Fire Co.
Delaware City Fire Company
815 5th St, Delaware City, DE 19706
KW Solar Solutions, Inc install 128 kw for New Castle County, DE October 4th 2010 KW Solar will soon be installing two New Castle County solar projects. The first is a 50 kW installation at the Hockessin Library. The second will be a 78kW system at the New Castle County Government Center. Both projects will utilize DE manufactured panels from the Motech Solar facility in Newark. The mounting systems will be supplied by Solar Dock Inc. located and manufactured in Wilmington and Newark DE. We are very proud to be involved with such a project that includes the system components and labor that are all from DE companies.
New Castle County solar projects 50 kW installation at the Hockessin Delaware Library in New Castle County


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