Commercial Solar Power
Your guide to powering your business with solar energy
As the longest-serving renewable energy retailer in Texas, Green Mountain Energy has led the clean energy charge since 1997. By installing solar panels, your company can help the environment and demonstrate your commitment to corporate sustainability, while also adding to your bottom line.
Purchasing solar energy
To protect your business from rising energy prices, you can lock in a fixed monthly rate for the portion of your electricity generated by your solar panels over the 25+ year life of your system. Our commercial solar electricity plans reward long-term electricity agreements, so you can reduce your overall energy costs.
You can also maximize the economics of your solar project if you qualify for government and industry incentives. To determine the true cost of your solar project, make sure to account for these incentives, as well as any Green Mountain Solar Buyback Program credits you may receive.
Excess solar generation credits
In addition to long-term savings, your solar system project can also help reduce your monthly electricity bills. With our Solar Buyback Program, we’ll credit your monthly bill for the excess energy returned to the grid when your panels generate more energy than you consume.1
Got multiple locations? We’ve got you covered with our aggregate billing solution,2 which lets you enjoy the economic advantages of solar energy from one location across all of your buildings that we serve.
For businesses with multiple locations, our aggregate billing solution
applies excess credits earned from one building to balances at your other
Note: This plan is only available in Texas areas served by Green Mountain.
Request a solar assessment for your business.
Frequently asked questions about commercial solar power
Q: Why is solar a good energy source?
A: Solar energy uses the power of the sun — a natural, renewable resource — to create electricity. The energy from solar panels tends to be the highest during periods when your electricity usage is also the highest, like the middle of a summer day. As a clean alternative to fossil fuels, solar energy can power our lives while positively impacting the planet. Learn more about solar power >
Q: How can running my business on solar energy increase my bottom line?
A: By using the power generated by your solar panels, you can greatly offset your monthly electricity bill. Plus, you can avoid future price increases by locking in the cost of the electricity produced by your solar panels for as long as 25 years — an option unique to solar energy.
Q: How long do solar panels last?
A: The life expectancy of the panels depends on their manufacturing and installation quality, as well as the type of panel selected. Check out the warranty details of any panels you’re considering. Commercial solar panels are typically guaranteed for 25 years. After that time, the panels will still produce power (usually at around 80% of their original capacity) even though you won’t be paying for them anymore!
Q: Do solar panels need a lot of maintenance?
A: Great news! Solar panels typically require very little maintenance. The main concern is cleanliness — dust and debris can block sunlight from the panels, decreasing their absorption power and energy output. Since commercial solar panels are flat and installed at an angle, gravity helps particles naturally fall away. Even snow is not an issue, as the sunlight that falls on the south-facing panels helps melt the snow, and anything that isn’t melted will simply slide off.
Q: Do solar panels need to be cleaned?
A: Commercial solar panels usually do not need to be cleaned (especially if it occasionally rains where they’re installed), but it’s possible that some unusual installation environments may require periodic cleanings to ensure optimal panel performance.
More FAQs about our commercial Solar Buyback Program >
1Commercial excess generation credits (kWh) are capped. We credit excess kWh up to the amount of total kWh usage on the overall account every month. Any excess kWh beyond total account usage kWh is not credited. Green Mountain Energy will credit your monthly invoice equal to the excess energy you generate multiplied by the contracted buyback rate on your electricity contract. The credit is exclusive of any monthly service charge, TDSP charges, applicable taxes and fees, or other charges.
2System size limitations may apply.