Making Plans for Your Building's Future

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Your building is essential. It’s one of your most significant assets and a non-negotiable foundation for your daily work. It’s a smart move to ensure you’re leveraging the proper resources to make it as efficient as possible, now and into the future.

Even so, it can be easy to overlook opportunities for improved performance. When was the last time you considered your building’s energy use and how it impacts your business more broadly? If it’s been a while, now is the time to take a look at the current state of the market. Renewable power offers clear advantages when it comes to pricing, stability, and environmental impact, with every prevailing trend indicating that the benefits will continue to multiply in the months and years ahead.

Fortunately, we’re here to simplify the process of connecting to a better energy source. Catalyst Power’s solutions are designed to bring reliable and affordable solar power to middle-market businesses, with options available to align with your needs and circumstances.

  • A Connected Microgrid brings solar power generation right to you. By installing a solar array on your property, you’ll be able to start producing clean energy and putting it to use all in one location. One of the best parts? It’ll all take place at no cost to you.
  • Community Solar connects you to a solar farm in your area, making all the benefits of clean energy accessible without any major structural additions on your property. If you don’t have a sufficient amount of available rooftop space or aren’t able to enter into a long-term agreement on your building’s behalf, this may be the option for you.

Regardless of your preferred approach, the decision to tap into solar energy is a smart way to gain new efficiency from one of your company’s most valuable possessions. Here’s how solar sets you up to maximize your building’s potential and enjoy the rewards well into the future.

First, it’s good for your bottom line. The effort to future-proof your physical structure should ultimately contribute to a more sustainable business environment. By taking steps to reduce uncertainties related to your building’s expenses, you’ll have a sharper view of the road ahead.

As fossil fuel markets show ongoing signs of volatility, energy prices (and utility bills) are often affected, leading to unpredictable spending from month to month. But Catalyst Power’s solutions address these instabilities directly: Solar and other renewable energy sources consistently undercut oil and gas prices. At the same time, the Power Purchase Agreement you’ll sign to bring solar energy to your property will lock in pricing for the duration of your lease. You’ll spend less each month and know exactly what to expect each time your bill arrives, all leading to a major upgrade in confidence about your financial future.

Second, it’s a win-win for your operations and the planet. We’re seeing an increased amount of extreme weather around the world. Power outages frequently occur in the wake of these events, whether they result from excessive demand, damaged infrastructure, or some combination of the two. By bringing a new and localized source of energy to your building, you’re setting up a robust mechanism to guard against outages on the larger grid. It’s a common-sense way to make your building more resilient in the face of a growing threat.

At the same time, it should alarm us to see severe weather becoming more common. Carbon emissions need to be sharply reduced in order to keep these events from further escalating to catastrophic new levels. An investment in clean energy is an investment in a brighter future, and the choice to power your building with solar is an important step in the right direction. (For more on this topic, we recently wrote about the ways your building can be an asset in the fight against climate change.)

Third, it’s a smart way to be proactive. It’s reasonable to anticipate future regulatory action related to your building’s energy sources. California now requires new commercial and residential buildings to host solar power and battery storage infrastructure. New York City has a similar mandate, with Massachusetts lawmakers recently considering this approach as well.

Of course, the country’s goals related to carbon emissions and climate change won’t be met if guidelines are only being made with new buildings in mind. It’s safe to assume renewable energy requirements (for both new and existing structures) will become more commonplace as time passes. Wise building owners will stay ahead of the curve by seeking out the right solutions sooner rather than later.

The decision to adopt solar energy is a significant step toward optimizing your building’s performance. It can set you up to save money, operate more reliably, reduce your impact on the planet, and be prepared for new regulations. With so many improvements to one of your greatest assets that will continue to pay off over the long term, you’ll be able to look toward the future with more confidence than ever.