Solar for Business

Achieve your organization’s energy and sustainability goals while also earning a powerful return on investment with commercial solar solutions from Independent Power Systems. 

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Solar

Improve your business’ bottom line and demonstrate your environmental leadership with rooftop solar systems and carports.

Storage

Unlock powerful revenue streams and protect against unforeseen electricity outages with commercial energy storage solutions.

Incentives

Take advantage of generous solar incentives for businesses including the 26% Solar Tax Credit and MACRS Depreciation. 

Commercial Solar Solutions

Are you in control of your energy costs?

Studies show that consumers are more willing to take their business to sustainably-minded and socially responsible businesses. With solar and energy storage, your company will stand out as a green business while you also reduce your operations cost, increase property value, and receive a quick return on investment.

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SunPower: A total Eclipse of conventional solar

Best-in-Class Solar Technology

As SunPower Elite Dealers with Gold Tier pricing, we are able to offer the best solar available at the most competitive pricing. For more than 30 years, SunPower has been the leader in solar panel manufacturing and pushing the boundaries of efficiency. Because of this, SunPower solar panels deliver more energy over time than other types of solar panels. In fact, SunPower panels produce up to 60% more energy from the same space over 25 years than conventional panels. With the industry’s best 25-year warranty, SunPower stands behind its products and builds them to last with high quality, recyclable materials that have sustainability in mind.

Commercial eGauge

Energy Monitoring Systems

Businesses with eGauge energy monitoring are protecting their renewable energy investments by monitoring for equipment issues, reducing unnecessary energy costs, and optimizing their energy production. In real-time, you can track your solar system’s production and the consumption of your business. By monitoring your loads, you can identify if certain equipment or electronics are using more energy than you’d like without your knowledge.

Aerial shot of Boulder Commons building covered in solar panels on the roof and east facade with the Front Range in the background
- Cara Carmichael and Alisa Petersen, Rocky Mountain Institute
"Boulder Commons took an innovative approach to solar PV design. Since Boulder Commons is a four- story building in a cold climate, it was not able to achieve NZE through rooftop solar PV alone. Rather than pursue deeper energy efficiency measures, it was more cost-effective to install 205 kW of solar PV on the southeast façade, which had the additional benefit of offsetting exterior cladding costs."

IPS took the unconventional approach of mounting the roof solar modules facing east and west versus the traditional south-facing orientation. The approach of building south-facing rows with separations between them prevents one row from shading the row behind it, but the spacing creates unused roof area. A ‘dual-tilt’ east and west orientation allowed IPS to fit 35% more modules on the roof than if it were a south-facing array, which results in approximately 10% less production than facing it south, but 20% more energy production as a net result.

Developed and owned by Morgan Creek Ventures, the project set a replicable example of the business case for net-zero energy and demonstrated the lucrative returns of installing solar. Because Morgan Creek Ventures chose to purchase the solar panels, the developer expects to see a 6.2 percent return from the solar installation.

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Boulder Commons in the morning with sun shining on East Facade covered in solar panels
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Commercial Spotlight

For the largest multi-tenant net-zero energy project at a commercially leased building in the United States, IPS was selected to design and install 575 kW of SunPower solar panels, which are integrated on to every available square foot of the roofs and east-facing, vertical façades. In total, there are 1,072 high-efficiency panels on the roofs and 655 on the east façade of the south building.
Boulder Commons is a new commercial development, adjacent to Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado. By installing SPR360 solar panels, which boast the highest efficiency commercially available, Boulder Commons is able to achieve their net-zero energy goal. A first-of-its-kind challenge, IPS was tasked with engineering a means of installing the solar panels vertically on the east wall to maximize energy production and meet the net-zero goals of the client. The challenge there was to not only attach the panels securely, but to create a complete wall surface that was both aesthetic and functional as the cladding of the wall. The end result came out beautifully and exceeded expectations.
Because all 100,000 square feet of the commercial multi-tenant Boulder Commons is committed to the goal of net-zero energy, innovative design was the key to success for this project.
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Maxeon® Solar Cells

Unrivaled Cell Durability

With their unique solid copper foundations for added strength, SunPower® Maxeon® solar cells deliver performance beyond comparison. Virtually impervious to corrosion, Maxeon cells are built for reliability in all climates and have thick connectors to handle the daily expansion and contraction from changing temperatures.
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Creating Value Streams

Discover Solar + Storage

Energy storage becomes the most valuable when it’s acting as insurance and protecting against power outages. Some locations, such as coastal communities and islands, are more prone to power loss than others, but any location can benefit from an energy storage investment. After just a day of power loss, a small business could stand to lose as much as 18% of their revenue, which increases exponentially the longer the outage lasts. As utilities face more and more power quality challenges and effects of climate change become increasingly severe, the grid is expected to experience more frequent and disastrous outages.

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Peak Shaving

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New Revenue Streams

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