Do you own a commercial building? Have you thought about shifting your business to net zero-emission? For those of you that do not know what net zero-emission is and how it can change your company, you have come to the right place. Net-zero can refer to commercial buildings, industrial buildings, and even residential homes that are highly efficient and can generate as much or even more power in renewable energy then they consume. Many people face the misconception that to become a net-zero company it is often too difficult or too expensive. It is a great business decision that many companies are implementing because of the benefits to the company’s bottom line.
Businesses Leading the Way
Approximately 10 million tons of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere each year, while many governors are trying to reduce carbon emission businesses are also playing their part in reducing their carbon footprint.
Today about 40% of all electricity use comes from commercial buildings, with another 25-30% from manufacturing companies. Since more than half of U.S. power comes from burning fossil fuels, the switch to solar for commercial and industrial buildings can significantly reduce the amount of carbon generated every year from electricity. Solar has become the most efficient way to reduce carbon emissions.
Businesses that are investing in solar energy are not only reducing their carbon footprint, but they also achieve a higher return on investment. With energy cost increasing yearly, solar energy has a higher ROI in a short amount of time. Aside from the long-term cost reduction of commercial solar energy and the tax credits upon installation, corporate social responsibility helps build a sustainable tomorrow and improves society while increasing sales, boosting customer interest, and establishing differentiation from competitors. Companies like Walmart, Target, DuPont, Costco, and Prologis have all installed renewable energy systems to generate power for their business.
Energy savings from solar can be substantial. Data suggests that the average commercial property owner in the U.S. can reduce overall energy costs by 75 percent by going solar. Some companies have been able to cut as much as 30 percent after conducting internal energy audits and implementing changes. These changes include employee awareness, energy metering, building management systems, lighting upgrades, motor replacements, equipment upgrades, and process heat recovery equipment.
Getting Started with Kern Solar Structures
Due to traditional buildings consuming around 40% of all the fossil fuel energy in the United States, they become the main contributor to greenhouse gases. The net-zero energy consumption is implemented to reduce carbon emission and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. So, how do you get started? The first step toward becoming a net-zero company is to contact Kern Solar Structures! We can help you get started with your solar power needs right away!
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