Dr. Philip Palmer, owner of and veterinarian at Palmer Animal Hospital, was looking for a way to save on his taxes for the year. Turning to solar, Palmer was able to capitalize on the tax savings in year 1 & 2 and set his business up with free electricity for decades. Watch the video to learn how he did it.
Financial impact figures are not available for this project.
68.6% installation cost covered by tax credits & grants
Less than 7 yr. expected time for system payback
150 solar panels and 5 inverters
49.5 kW System
Production: 58,251 kWh annually
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" We just passed the 4-year anniversary for our solar project and thought I'd drop a note as to how things are going. We continue to "overproduce" by about 12%. Our 4-year total was 263,000 kWh (expected 233k) and have sent a net of 39,000 kWh into the grid. Between the extra production (yielding about $400-500/year from Allegheny) and the big jump in SREC prices since we started (about an extra $4,000/year), our break even mark dropped from 7 years down to 5."
Palmer was looking for a way his business could save on taxes for the year when our solar consultant approached him about solar energy. With the 26% Federal Tax Credit and tax savings on depreciation, solar seemed to be the perfect answer.
“A lot of it made sense to me. The immediate savings as far as tax credits and then the long-term savings as far as electrical.”
The Federal Tax Credit allowed Palmer to deduct 30% of the system’s cost from owed taxes. This credit is available to all solar system owners so long as they have tax liability but has since stepped down from 30% to 26%. The incentive is poised to step back again in 2021 to 22%. By 2022, the credit will remain as a 10% tax credit for businesses only.
Dr. Palmer was also able to take care of another tax savings – 100% bonus depreciation. This incentive is available for all commercial solar systems and allows the entire cost basis of the system to be depreciated in the year it was placed into service, allowing them to accelerate all of the depreciation benefits to the first year.
In Palmer Animal Hospital’s lobby, amidst the happy dogs, cats, and their owners, hangs two monitors. These monitors display the system’s production live, so Palmer, his staff, and customers can engage with the data and see how much electricity the panels are generating.
Paradise Energy worked with Dr. Palmer to design the system to meet his specific energy needs. Covering 99% of the 5,000-square-foot office’s electricity usage, the array maximized energy output while minimizing cost and system size.
Positioned on a south-facing hill with no shading, Palmer’s ground mount array is comprised of 150 panels and produced about 58,251 kWh of electricity in the first year alone. Because of this ideal location, it’s possible that Palmer’s system will produce even more electricity than the animal hospital uses.
Dr. Palmer not a self-proclaimed green fanatic, but he does enjoy the positive environmental impact the system has on his business, and the positive impact on his bottom line.
A few years before, he made his first green change by switching all his lights from fluorescent to LED. Not only did this greatly reduce the amount of energy the building used, but it also reduced the number of times maintenance workers had to fix the lights, saving him money on both ends.
This same principle was applied to his solar system. Though it greatly reduces the carbon footprint of the animal hospital, it also saves Palmer years of energy costs.
“It’s neat to be able to do this solar project, but it’s a small business so it has to be a business decision.”
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