Commercial Property Executive – Solar Installations Power Through the Pandemic
Projects at commercial properties have continued apace, fueled by pre-COVID approvals, cost-reduction goals and opportunities to install systems while buildings are largely unoccupied.
By Jeffrey Steele
Though COVID-19 has halted many facets of contemporary life, the installation of solar energy systems at commercial properties doesn’t appear to be among them.
Despite inevitable delays, commercial properties have mostly continued the installation of solar photovoltaic systems, according to solar industry experts. Bob Georgeoff, vice president of Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy solutions provider Ameresco, said the pandemic hasn’t significantly slowed his company’s solar PV projects. “Renewable energy continues to be a priority for building owners and occupants,” he noted.
That same prioritization, in many cases fueled by the renewable energy’s bottom-line benefits, has been noted by Atlanta-based Tom Warren, co-leader of law firm Eversheds Sutherland’s Energy Projects Team. His team has seen some projects delayed as stakeholders eyed capital expenditures. “But because solar is increasingly economical, people are exploring it as a way of saving money,” he added.