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invested $124,000 in the
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decided to go solar.
" First, it makes sense financially, " he says. " The system
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well as being able to sell SREC (Solar Renewable Energy
Credits) on the open market. After the system is paid off,
we will be making money.
" We are hooked up to the grid and any excess energy
flows back into the grid. We estimate that we will make
about 5 to 10% more than we need for the year and we
will be paid for the extra energy. "
" Secondly, we wanted to reduce our carbon footprint.
Between fans, lights, well pumps, and the rest of our
operation we use a lot of electricity. With a solar system
creating 100% of our needs, we will completely eliminate
that aspect of our carbon footprint.
" As a garden center, weather is a tremendous factor
on our business and having a more stable climate is very
important, " he says.
" Finally, it is good from a PR perspective. Our customers
care about the environment and will appreciate that we
have taken steps to help reduce our carbon footprint. "
Practical Advice
Gallo says he would definitely encourage other garden
centers to put up a solar system.
" Anything we can do to help reduce climate change
should be a priority for everyone, and especially a business
as intimately bound to the weather as ours, " he says. " In
addition, it's a no-brainer financially and will definitely
make your business look good to customers. "
He advises businesses considering a solar array to
allocate more time than they might think for the project.
" We started the process in January and signed a contract
in February, but it still took more time than the installer
anticipated, " he says. " Town permitting, problems with the
excavating, and build time were all longer than expected. "
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