Standard Solar Review

Business Level Standard of Solar Power

Standard Solar is a great company for your business to use to venture into solar power. It has more than ten years of experience and is a supporter of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). It promotes the use of microgrids and energy storage to reduce costs and improve the quality of your energy. The company was named one of the fastest growing private companies by Inc Magazine for years running.

Best For:
Commercial

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Standard Solar Highlights

  • Experienced with large scale projects

  • Flexible for location of panels, e.g. roof, ground or carport

  • NABCEP certified Photovoltaic engineers

Pros

  • Multiple options for panel systems

  • Creative and flexible designs for systems

  • Certified installation specialists and engineers

  • Experience in multiple industries

  • Start to finish service on project

Cons

  • Projects can take 6-10 months to complete

  • No residential options

  • No 24/7 customer service

Expert’s Score Breakdown

Overall rating: 3.5

  1. Equipment: 4.5

  2. Installation & Monitoring: 3.5

  3. Efficiency: 3.5

  4. Cost & Savings: 3.5

  5. Customer Support: 3.5

Equipment

Standard Solar offers a vast array of options when it comes to installing your commercial solar power system. They are flexible around your business location, setup and needs. For example, you may not have enough roof space for the number of panels you need to provide solar power. Standard Solar can use solar panels on your carport – often a flat, open, unshaded surface – instead of the roof. Perhaps you are an agricultural setting and have a lot of open land. You may be better off installing your system on the ground. Standard Solar is able to provide the appropriate panels and equipment for that.

Your panel options will include monocrystalline panels that will be a more costly but more effective choice of material. You can also choose a less expensive and less efficient silicon panel.

Rooftop panels

As rates of efficiency are rising, more and more companies are primarily offering the monocrystalline cell panel. The mounting systems used will depend on where the solar panelling is being placed. Standard Solar will often create a microgrid to allow the conservation and storage of power in your system.

Installation & Monitoring

Standard Solar believes the average commercial project takes 6-10 months to install but it’s worth it for the savings you will see once your energy system is in place.

Time scale for installation

You’ll find that Standard Solar does an incredibly thorough job of ensuring all permits and paperwork are taken care of. The system can be installed traditionally on a rooftop or more creatively on the ground or your carport. Any of these can be combined with a microgrid to make the most efficient system possible. You’ll have a dedicated NABCEP certified engineer and installation expert who can take you through the process. Standard Solar breaks it down into 4 easy steps.

  • Development

  • Engineering and Design

  • Financing

  • Implementation

Installation is the last part of your system and a huge amount of work goes into your project before you get to that point. Your installation specialist will be with you throughout the process and be on hand to monitor the system after. Depending on the brand of equipment you use, you may have an app or online portal to login to and access your energy stats and information.

Efficiency

Standard Solar is proud to have strong ties to many manufacturers of solar panels. The highest end brands are currently advertising their efficiency at 20-22%, which are some of the highest numbers recorded in the industry. A good, average efficiency is 15% and these panels won’t cost as much as the latest models with the higher output. Efficiency is measured by taking the amount of sunlight caught by the panels and converted into useable energy such as electricity. Your engineer will be able to help you decide which panels are best for your needs, as it will depend on your current energy usage, the location of your business and the type of system you will be using.

Cost & Savings

30% federal tax credits have been a huge incentive in encouraging people to switch over to solar power. The savings without the credit have been proven in case studies and Standard Solar estimates that over 15 years, an education institution could save $300,000 on energy bills. The savings will differ depending on the industry but that’s a good saving for any business.

You have 3 main ways to pay for your solar energy system

  • Purchase outright – paying up front makes you eligible for tax credits and local incentives.

  • PPA – Power Purchase Agreement. This means you use the power and pay for that but not for the equipment. This is a low risk, $0 down option and is very popular.

  • Lease – You might want to effectively rent the equipment and use the power from it. This is often popular among residential customers but not as popular with commercial ventures.

Customer Support

Part of having NABCEP certified technicians is that they are also trained in customer service. As well as a standard 20-year warranty on your product, you’ll know you’re speaking to a trained expert who can help you if there is a problem and you need to call. You can contact them by telephone during normal business hours EST (they are based in Maryland). There is a helpful blog with information about projects, products and case studies, and you can email or fill in the contact form at any time if you want to contact them about a non-urgent matter online.

Conclusion

This is a thorough company that will provide a careful service with great attention to detail. Your solar panelling will be tailored to your needs and will be affordable for your business. Standard Solar focuses on providing commercial and government enterprises with a cleaner way to use energy. They are great at working with your company to provide you with the best solution.

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