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Are Renewables Right for Your Business?

PG&E has put together all of the resources you will need to determine whether renewables are right for your business. Explore the links below to learn about the state and federal incentives for renewable energy, how to prepare your business and how to choose the right contractor.

  • Find a Contractor

    Find a Contractor

    Finding the right contractor is critical. PG&E can recommend resources and questions to ask when choosing a contractor.

    • Do the Math

      Do the Math

      Start by understanding the financial considerations and benefits of investing in renewable energy, explore leasing versus purchasing options, and learn how the size of the system needed for your home affects costs.

    Renewable Energy Options for Your Commercial Property

    Using renewable energy to power your business is a matter of choosing the right technology to meet your energy needs. Tens of thousands of Californians have already taken advantage of our state’s abundant sun, wind and other natural resources to do just that.

    Are renewables right for your business? PG&E is here to assist you in selecting the best technology for your business based on your expected energy use, the weather conditions in your area and the age and location of your property.

    Renewables at a Glance

    Solar Panels
    Solar panels work well on properties with plenty of rooftop space exposed to the sun with minimal shading for at least six hours a day, ideally from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Solar panels can last more than 25 years. Make sure your roof is no more than seven years old to avoid reinstalling panels a second time.
    Wind Turbine
    Wind turbines are best suited for windy areas of California that are able to accommodate a wind turbine. Wind turbines typically require a space of at least 30 feet in height above the ground. Consult manufacturer details for required average wind speed for optimal performance.
    Solar Water Heating
    Solar water heating is ideal for businesses using large amounts of hot water, with plenty of roof space exposed to the sun. Solar collectors may also be installed on the ground as long as they receive ample sunlight. You also may need space for a solar storage tank near your existing water heater.
    Fuel Cells
    Businesses that generate excess heat from an industrial process, or have water, steam, or gas pressure that must be reduced, can use turbines to convert waste into power. Each technology will need to be adapted to your existing fuel source, so it is recommended that you discuss specific project designs with the manufacturer.
    Advanced Energy Storage (AES)
    AES systems are often combined with renewable systems and can supplement intermittent energy when needed. AES systems require space the size of a large appliance.
    Fuel Cells
    Fuel cells powered by natural gas, though not strictly renewable, reduce your energy bill while generating cleaner heat and power. Fuel cells require space the size of a medium-to-large appliance.
    Fuel Cells
    CHP systems are ideal for businesses that need both electricity and heat generation. Renewable systems are fueled by a renewable biofuel, and traditional systems with using natural gas. CHP systems require space the size of a medium-to-large appliance. They are best for businesses with the ability to produce or procure a renewable biofuel or natural gas.

    Benefits of Renewables

    •   Reduce your monthly energy bill.
        Improve public relations by going green.
        Generate your own power and heat.
        Reduce your carbon footprint.
        Help California reduce fossil fuel usage.
        Make an investment lasting up to 25 years.

    Use the Solar Calculator

    • Get a quick estimate of the cost and size of the system you will need to power your business.

    Understand Your Bill

    Solar Water Heating

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