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Install Commercial Solar Systems in Florida with PPM Solar

PPM Solar has been installing solar panels for commercial use in Florida since 2009.

Capitalize unused space to increase your bottom line — utilities are essential expenses that can rob a business of its cash flow. A business’ bottom line can become victim to the fluctuations and increases of utility costs. Bringing your energy expenses under control is an effective, yet often overlooked, method of increasing your bottom line.

Businesses can improve their bottom line by utilizing solar to stabilize fluctuations in energy expenses, protect against energy market volatility, and reduce payments to utility companies.

I started off purchasing a solar energy system for my home. After my experience with the sales and ownership team, along with the high quality of the installation of the system, contracted PPM to install a commercial system on my company’s building.
MIKE P.
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Lowest prices, highest incentives, ever

Today, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for solar is one-third the cost of traditional utility offerings. Businesses who generate solar energy are guaranteed a 70% savings on energy for the useful life of a solar energy system, approximately 30 years.

Be inspired by the testimonials of our commercial solar clients!

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San Felasco Tech City (SFTC)
San Felasco Tech City (SFTC)
The 4-Megawatt solar system at San Felasco Tech City (SFTC) is a massive step forward in energy sustainability. The solar system, consisting of about 5000 panels right now and closer to 10-12,000 once fully operational, can generate enough power to serve approximately 500 homes.
Gainesville Health & Fitness
Gainesville Health & Fitness
The solar system installed by PPM Solar will produce enough energy to eliminate the annual burning of around 335,000 pounds of coal by the local utility company. By going solar, GHF is becoming a leader in the fitness industry and setting an example for other businesses to follow.
Frog Song Organics Farm
Frog Song Organics Farm
The farm’s founder and administrator, Amy Van Scoik, believes that “sustainability is at the core of what we do, and we strive to be good stewards of the land.” The installation of solar panels at Frog Song Organics has significantly impacted the farm’s ability to grow and distribute food sustainably.
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Commercial solar panel efficiency advantages and disadvantages

Utility costs negatively affect the bottom line of any business operation. They are simply impossible to avoid. Some businesses (including the largest and most successful) are turning to solar power to reduce utility expenses and reap an excellent ROI with solar.

Walmart, Amazon, CVS, and Macys, are some of the largest users of solar energy in the US and Florida today. Simply put, if a business has unoccupied roof space, it is worth giving a solar project a closer look.

On average, the simplified levelized payback time on a commercial solar project today is 3.5 —  5.5 years, yielding 15-30% annual return. Once the system is paid for, businesses enjoy free electricity for additional 18-21 years under a solar panel warranty.

While the solar module efficiency is critical for residential projects with limited roof space, commercial projects are often about the lowest per-watt cost. This is where a balance needs to be achieved between efficiency and energy yield over time. Simply put, the goal is to achieve the fastest return on investment, while maximizing the lifecycle energy yield and driving down the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE).

PPM Solar has the track record and experience to bring your commercial project to life. We have experience in Florida with a wide range of solutions for different industries, utilities, nonprofits, and academia.

By opening a conversation about a solar project, you start the process of benefiting your organization and demonstrating environmental stewardship to the business community and your customer base.

Let our team of experts guide you in this process and lay out the best options for your business quickly and efficiently.

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Community leadership Environmental stewardship

63% of Fortune 100 companies have set clean energy goals and 48% of Fortune 500 companies have set climate or clean energy targets. A significant number of these businesses set 100% renewable energy goals.

Source: World Wildlife Fund

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Federal Tax Credit has increased in value

The current federal solar incentive is currently set at 30%. It is, however, scheduled to decrease in 2033 from 30% down to 26% and from 26% to 22% in 2034. There has never been a better time to go solar, as the incentives remain at their highest, and inflation is slowly creeping the prices of solar installations up.

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Top companies by megawatt installed

American businesses are leading the transition to clean economy because it’s smart business and it’s what their customers want. Clean energy is fueling economic opportunity from coast to coast. […] these companies are making it very clear that a transition to a low-carbon economy is inevitable.”

– Marty Spitzer, Senior Director, World Wildlife Fund.

What our customers say

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PPM proudly showcases our 5-star customer reviews and ratings because our team

diligently ensures personable sales and installation that produces excellent results!

Patrick Pruitt
Patrick Pruitt
2023-10-31
Excellent overall experience with them. Very organized and easy to get in touch with when you need to.
Martin Maguire
Martin Maguire
2023-10-27
PPM Solar installed a 6.4 kW system on the roof of my new home in St. Augustine in June, 2023. The system was competitively priced and the project was implemented in a prompt and professional manner. The panels have so far performed flawlessly and have generated all of my electricity.
Bronwyn Beistle
Bronwyn Beistle
2023-10-02
PPM is a great local business. They installed our panels quickly and competently.
Reid Nagle
Reid Nagle
2023-09-23
Cashflow woes? -- BEWARE new customers! I signed a contract on 2/7/23 for a solar system costing just over $150K for our home in Levy County. I paid over half that amount upfront to cover material ordering costs and to put the project into motion. It's now almost 6 months with no sign of materials being delivered or anything happening. Then yesterday I received an invoice for over $50K when no payment is yet due (since no materials have been delivered to my home). I called PPM and spoke with Alex Khokhlov who said they had big commercial jobs -- University of Florida and Duke -- ahead of me. After waiting for almost 6 months with nothing happening, I was also told by Alex that if I accelerated payments, my job would be done in the next 30 days vs. 60 days if I paid according the contract payment scheduled tied to benchmarks. Will my solar installation ever get done or will I ever see the $82,132.80 that PPM took on deposit? Wait and see. In the meantime, buyer beware. Update on 7/25/23, AlexZ said that if I didn't accelerate payments faster than the contract required, that the project would still get done within 60 days, so by the end of September, 8 months after the contract was signed. We'll see. Will add progress reports every two weeks. Update on 8/14/23: building permit was issued on 7/31/23. Update on 9/1/23. We've been promised the following by PPM Solar: solar panels to be installed on 09/06 & 09/07. 2 weeks later (waiting for battery delivery) the remainder of the equipment (batteries) will be installed. Job will be completed by the end of September. Updates to follow. Update on 9/23/23. Everything is on track to be completed by month's end. If it is and it works properly, I'll amend the rating. Won't be able to give them 5 stars since it took them almost 6 months to start the job after the contract was signed and initial deposit made. And they should never have tried to shake me down to finance their business, but they seem now to have realized that and are doing their best to make amends and finish the job in a professional fashion.
David Young
David Young
2023-09-22
We waited a long time to go solar, did a lot of research and decided to go with PPM after interviewing 5 other companies. We have a 10 kW system with 20 kW storage. On most days, with a little planning, we can cool the house comfortably, run our appliances and recharge the storage batteries enough to get through the night—at 95+% grid independence! On sunny days we can top off the charge on our EV. If the grid goes down, we stay powered without having to rely on a generator. Lead time for the project was very long (mostly due to our local utility company) but installation was fast and professionally done. The system looks good and works seamlessly with the grid. PPM has been responsive to the few, initial problems that popped up after startup and they made sure we were happy with the system. Our only complaint with PPM is that they weren’t communicative enough during the overly-long period where we were awaiting approval from the utility company (we were declined twice), but everything worked out. We love being solar powered!
Monica Amariz
Monica Amariz
2023-09-08
I wholeheartedly recommend PPM Solar to anyone considering solar energy. Their professionalism, expertise, and dedication to their customers make them the top choice for solar panel installation. Thank you for helping me make a positive change for the planet and my wallet!
Kate Mackay
Kate Mackay
2023-09-08
Very professional, great service, super knowledgeable and caring team. Highly recommend.
Brent Clarke
Brent Clarke
2023-06-30
This is a story of service after the sale. I realized one of our panels had gone offline. I called and left a voicemail (and email) after normal working hours. By 9:30 am the next morning, I received a call letting me know a work order was opened. By 1:00 pm that afternoon, technicians had arrived; and by 1:30 pm, that panel was back online after repair under warranty. About 18 hours from discovery to repair. Very satisfied. Thank you.
Rick Mont
Rick Mont
2023-06-29
Power Production installed my solar panels back in 2014. Dealing with the installation crew was an elite experience. I felt confident on choosing this company and now after 3 years and two hurricanes I am relieved I choose d them. The 8.25 kw system I have has earned me a credit with clay electric and the utility company ends up sending me a check every December. Edit This is just a continuation of my review. I figured I should include the after install customer service since that is equally important on a large investment. I developed a leak both inside of my master bedroom and on a fascia thats above my sunroom. I called PPM and builder since it was a new construction to inspect the leak. Leak turned out to be from screws holding down the panels. Kelley from PPM came and inspected the roof and then came and sealed the roof. Now just waiting on them scheduling a roofer to come repair the damage from the leak. So far I see commitment from this company to their customers as well. Update: PPM took responsibility and repaired the roof. Outstanding customer service
Matthew Franklin
Matthew Franklin
2023-06-26
Sales will overestimate solar production without taking proper variables into account. The panels are under warranty, but the power the system generates is not. They say the system will generate more than what it actually will and they are under no obligation to meet or exceed that goal with installation. Our system works but only generates 83% of what was advertised. Representative was unhelpful. Stated that the reason we weren't producing enough energy was because the sales guy did not take "shading" into account. We removed most of the "shading" after the proposal hoping for even better output, but we still produced much less than what was originally proposed. Response: The conversation about tree trimming was only that I planned on removing trees in MY yard that posed a danger as they had fallen on my roof in years prior. I was under the impression that removing them would also boost my production beyond the initial proposal. The PPM team recommended that I ask my neighbors to trim their trees which I said I would not do.
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Our Commercial Projects in Florida

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Case Studies

Macy’s

Fortune 500 Company

Challenge
Macy’s wanted to expand its long-standing pursuit of sustainability and reduce energy consumption.

Solution
Increase solar capacity by 25-35% over 2012 levels.

Result
Macy’s is now generating over 50,000 mWh of energy, most of which is sold to others, driving down expenses and diversifying revenue.

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Sherer Construction

Power Production Management Project

Challenge
Scherer Construction was experiencing peak demand energy charges that was shrinking its profit margin.

Solution
Solar energy system installed using custom bracket system to distribute system weight over larger area of corrugated metal roof.

Result
Peak demand charges were eliminated and 60% of electricity needs are now met with solar energy.

 

Source: SunPower.com

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the lifespan of a commercial solar panel?

Due to the sturdiness of the commercial panels, they can last 15-20 years.

Do I need planning permission for commercial solar panels?

Additional reviews are required to facilitate a commercial project. They may be necessary due to local authorities, utilities, or federal agencies to assure safety and compliance of a solar project. However, Florida Solar Rights act has strong protections for any entity going solar, and PPM will take care of all submittals, permits, and permissions on your project.

How efficient are commercial solar systems?

The efficiency level averages between 17-20% for commercial solar system units.

Why should businesses go solar?

  • Federal Investment Tax Credit of 30%! 
  • Less reliance on the electrical grid
  • Decrease in expenses
  • Return of Investment is higher due to the tax credit and net metering
  • Going solar is better for the environment- this can help with community relations between the business and consumers
  • Property value increases
  • More financing options 
  • Little to no maintenance

Can solar energy be used 24 hours a day?

Yes! When paired with a solar battery storage unit, and depending on the amount of energy stored in the battery, solar energy can be used 24 hours a day. Sunlight powered energy through the daylight hours, and stored sunlight energy for the evening and nighttime hours.

What is a Tier 2 solar system in Florida?

Florida’s solar panel units are divided into a 3-tier system measured by kilowatts. This is part of the state’s interconnection and net metering guidelines. Tier 2’s kilowatt measurements are between 10kw and 100kw.

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