Monday, March 27, 2006

Solar Math

by Osman Parvez

From New West, here's a followup to our post on the rising popularity of solar electric systems.

The post breaks down the business case for solar in a commercial building, including a hypothetical 10KW system installation. According to the article, an $80,000 commercial installation will cost $24,500 after Xcel Rebates and Tax Credits. Depreciation may kick in an additional $4,000 of value per year in the first 5 years. With about $1,000/year saved on the electric bill, payback occurs in about 5 years.

This doesn't include the potential marketability advantage of having an active solar powered building.

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