The surprising benefits of solar that go beyond helping the environment

August 4, 2017

A commercial solar panel installation helping to support green business practicesFor some, the benefits of solar power are clear. For others, they may be slightly cloudy. While most people can probably agree that a main reason to go solar is its positive impact on the environment, what are other motivations for adopting this clean energy source?

Whatever level of knowledge you have about going solar, a list published by EnergySage contains some benefits that may surprise you. Number one on that list? How much money your organization can save with solar power.

From the article

Whether you’re a homeowner, business, or nonprofit, electricity costs can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you’ll generate free power for your system’s entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don’t produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your utility bills and you’ll still save a lot of money.

When addressing the question of how to reduce electric bills, organizations will also see solar as part of the answer on how to reduce their carbon footprint. In fact, integrating commercial solar power can be a win-win for reducing operating expenses and helping the environment.

You also might not expect that implementing green business practices—like using solar electricity—can also lead to a more positive public image and additional market opportunities

Also from the article: 

Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are important components of an organization’s culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Increasingly, consumers and communities are recognizing and rewarding businesses that choose to operate responsibly.

In addition, a socially- and environmentally-engaged corporate culture tends to attract and retain like-minded employees—another benefit sure to be appreciated by human resources departments everywhere.

The article cites a number of other compelling solar benefits you might not anticipate: 

  • It’s a great hedge against rising energy prices
  • It offers an excellent return on investment—solar panel systems produce clean electricity for decades
  • It’s a good solution for many organizations trying to figure out how to increase property value

The use of solar energy is clearly good for the environment, but the positive effects don’t stop there. Consider the points listed in this overview as an introduction to the many other unexpected benefits you may discover as you continue to explore commercial solar power.


Related links:

The ever-evolving benefits of commercial solar adoption

How businesses can achieve their corporate sustainability goals with solar

Making the business case for the benefits of commercial solar power

Overcoming commercial solar savings myopia: How to see long-range benefits more clearly

How sustainability in business can improve your brand reputation—and bottom line

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