Case Study: Businesses Benefiting From RooflessSolar

Case Study: Businesses Benefiting From RooflessSolar

All businesses are looking for ways to cut costs, and many businesses are looking for ways to cut energy use. But the options available to address both of these at the same time are limited, especially for small or emerging businesses.With the cost of solar energy plummeting, and over one million solar systems installed, solar is proving to be the most viable solution to help businesses appeal to consumers while cutting costs.


Many businesses rent their properties, relocate frequently, have shaded roofs, or don’t have the capital to invest upfront in a solar system, therefore making installing a solar system impossible. Community solar, namely CEC’s RoofessSolar™, removes those barriers and allows businesses to enjoy the benefits of solar, without the hassle of a solar system on their properties.


With RooflessSolar, any electric customer is able to participate in a local community solar array that is connected directly to a utility’s grid. Participants are then credited on their electricity bills, saving them money on their electricity expenses, without having to invest in installing or maintaining a system on their property. Below are some examples of how nearly 300 businesses have benefited from RooflessSolar arrays.


Businesses save money
When businesses participate in community solar arrays, they receive credits on their electric bills for contributing solar energy to the utility’s grid. With the cost of solar energy now comparable to traditional fossil fuels, community solar customers can participate in a solar energy program at a lower rate, saving them money on their electricity expenses, putting money back into businesses and improving their bottom lines. Additionally, since RooflessSolar allows businesses to lock-in savings for solar energy, they can hedge against unpredictable, rising fossil fuel rates and improve their ability to manage their cash flow.


Community solar is a hassle-free solution
Community solar is the only way to access the benefits of locally-generated solar energy for businesses that rent their spaces. Most businesses rent or lease their facilities, which means all of those businesses are unable to install solar systems. With community solar, participants don’t install anything on their roofs or properties because they participate in a local offsite solar array with other members of the community. Additionally, businesses who participate in RooflessSolar don’t have to worry about operating and maintaining their own system. CEC fully maintains the arrays and ensures maximum production.



CEC's Cowdery Meadows community solar array in Boulder, CO.
Pictured: CEC’s Cowdery Meadows 500 kW RooflessSolar Array located in Boulder, CO


“We reacted quickly to include community-shared solar in both our savings and environmental programs for every location we could. The ability to save 15% and at the same time support local renewable energy is a ‘no-brainer’ proposition.”– Charlie Aubuchon, Vice President of Aubuchon Hardware


Environmental goals and regulations are met
More and more cities across the country are requiring or incentivizing businesses to engage in energy efficiency efforts, and use renewable energy. Additionally, businesses themselves are setting their own goals and standards for sustainable business practices in an effort to stand out from competition and better align with consumers. RooflessSolar can be a flexible, cost-effective way to take advantage of federal, state, and local financial incentives, satisfy environmental regulations, and avoid the risk of non-compliance.



Participation is flexible
With RooflessSolar, businesses can customize their systems based on their specific needs. Businesses can choose to have a portion of their electric use offset, or they can maximize savings with a complete energy offset. Additionally, since the panels are not on the customer’s property, credits can be transferred to new meters if a business moves, or system sizes can be adjusted to fit changing energy needs. RooflessSolar promotes customer loyalty and positive brand attributes


According to Gallup, 64% of Americans are concerned about climate change. Businesses that tout their sustainability efforts in their marketing create a valuable differentiator between them and their competitors and enhance their brand images. This is reflected in attracting more new customers who share similar values, and enhancing customer loyalty and retention among those who appreciate the commitment to sustainability. Additionally, CEC provides marketing support in promoting businesses as clean energy users.


“As one of the first in the industry to adopt a company-wide environmental management system, GreenPath, we are grateful to CEC for bringing this project close to home and allowing us another opportunity to help reduce our environmental footprint.”– Amy Latimer, President of TD Garden


RooflessSolar is a smart choice for business
According to research by Deutsche Bank, companies with high ratings for environmental, social, and governance factors outperform the market in the medium and long term. Community solar is a savvy way to achieve the above business goals and is proof to thousands of businesses and residents around the country that it saves money and meets goals. As the pioneer of the community solar model and the nation’s leading community solar developer, Clean Energy Collective is demonstrating that RooflessSolar, an easy, money-saving product, is simply good for business.



CEC Customer: TD Garden

Location: Boston, MA

Utility: Eversource

System Size: 8.0 MW*

20-Year Savings: $6,064,237*

*When all contracted arrays are fully operational, TD Garden, in Boston, will be saving on electricity costs and reaching their environmental goals with RooflessSolar.


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