Solar Plus Commercial
LED Lighting for Commercial & Industrial Customers
At Sunbridge Solar, we believe in taking a holistic approach to meet your commercial property’s energy challenges.
Solar plus LED lighting upgrades will significantly increase your short-term and long-term energy savings. If you own a commercial building and are planning to install solar panels then first consider a solar plus free lighting audit. Evaluate the savings from upgrading your existing lighting to high efficiency LED lighting. The Energy Trust of Oregon offers cash incentives for installing Energy Star Certified LED replacement bulbs which usually saves approximately $25-$30 per bulb. Investing in energy efficiency first can cut your bill dramatically and make installing commercial solar panels more attractive.
Why LED upgrades will benefit your business
Reduced Maintenance Time & Costs – LED lighting last up to 5 times longer than compact florescent bulbs and 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Significant Savings – LED lighting upgrades can save up to 75% on your buildings lighting energy needs.
Less Heat Produced – Have lighting in your refrigeration unit? LED lighting produces little heat compared to incandescent bulbs reducing the need to use air-conditioning.
3 Year Warranty – ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting come with a minimum three year manufacture warranty.
Solar plus lighting upgrade cost (example)
On a recent project, our customer had an annual energy usage of about 80,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh). At first, their plan was to install 80 kilowatts (kW) solar panel system to try and offset 100% of their usage. We suggested a lighting audit and determined that by upgrading all of their lightings to LED they could offset more than 50% of their usage.
LED Upgrade Project Cost: $30,000
Energy Trust Rebate: $9,000
Out of Pocket Cost: $21,000
Yearly kWh Savings: 44,000 kWh
Yearly Savings: $4,500
Simple Payback: 4.6 years
Now, with their projected usage at 36,000 kWh per year, only a 36 kW solar panel system was needed to allow them to become net zero saving them tens of thousands of dollars on upfront cost. On average it is 6 times more cost effective from an energy savings perspective to invest in energy efficiency compared to energy generation.
Process of exploring commercial lighting upgrades
Here is the process if you want to explore a lighting upgrade;
1. Schedule your free lighting+solar audit with us.
2. We will conduct a walk through evaluating your existing lighting.
3. We will put together an estimate with suggestions of lighting replacements that will outline the costs, expected savings, and Energy Trust rebate amount.
4. Apply for the Energy Trust rebate and meet an evaluator from Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) on site to do a walk through.
5. Install the lighting additions and re-inspect with ETO.
6. They will issue the rebate after inspection passes
At Sunbridge Solar, when you sign up for a free solar plus LED evaluation we will work with you and guide you through the process. We will apply for the rebates on your behalf and work with Energy Trust of Oregon to make sure your solar system meets their requirements.
We look forward working with you.