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Advanced Green Technologies Named Florida’s Top Commercial Solar Contractor for 2018

Advanced Green Technologies Named Florida’s Top Commercial
Solar Contractor for 2018

The Solar Power World Top Solar Contractors list includes Fort Lauderdale-based solar company Advanced Green Technologies for the seventh consecutive year

Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) was recently recognized by Solar Power World magazine as the top commercial solar EPC company in Florida, and a ranked 108 out of 450 solar companies in the nation on the magazine’s 2018 Top Solar Contractors list.

With more than 10.7 Megawatts installed in 2017 and  245 Megawatts installed to date, AGT leads the commercial EPC category in the state of Florida with the number one spot for the seventh year in a row. To achieve this ranking, AGT completed many prominent projects last year including two solar carports for United Therapeutics and rooftop solar arrays at Maher Chevrolet and Hydrologic Distribution Company.

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States. Produced annually, the Top Solar Contractors list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar developers, subcontractors and installers within the utility, commercial and residential markets, and ranks contractors by kilowatts installed in the previous year. The 2018 list was released on July 24

See 2018 Top Solar Contractor Ranking

We are extremely honored for this year’s recognition as the top commercial solar EPC in the state of Florida,” said AGT President Michael Kornahrens.” I am thankful for my team’s hard work and commitment to making our company one of the best in the industry.”

AGT reminds business owners of the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit set to be reduced at the end of 2019.  Currently, you can subtract 30% of all solar energy system installation costs directly from your federal income tax payments, making for a quick return on investment.  The 30% Solar Investment Tax Credits will be reduced to 26% in 2020, and 22% in 2021 before dropping permanently to 10% for commercial projects and 0% for residential projects.

3 Reasons Why Your Businesses Should Install Solar in 2018

3 Reasons Why Your Businesses Should Install Solar in 2018

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3 Reasons Why Your Businesses Should Install Solar in 2018

  1. 14% Reduction of the Corporate Tax Rate
  2. 100% Depreciation Bonus
  3. 30% Tax Credit Available

1. 14% Reduction of the Corporate Tax Rate

One of the most significant benefits of installing solar under the new tax plan is the reduction of the federal corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. An important deciding factor for businesses considering going solar is the increase in profits that can result.

While this historically low corporate tax rate brings new investable cash to the business world, it simultaneously produces a net increase in the cost of energy for the same business. Under the previous tax code, a $1,000 monthly power bill would be deducted as an operating expense at a 35% percent yielding a net cost of $650.00. Under the new code, that same $1,000.00 bill is deducted at a 21% rate generating a net power bill of $790.00. Your power bill is going up 21.5% regardless of the current utility rates from the operating tax deduction alone, making renewable energy more valuable than ever.

For increased savings, solar systems purchased outright with cash avoid the taxes that come with loan interest payments, making cash a more attractive option than financing. Add to that an increased rate of return each year as a result of the lower tax rate and solar becomes a viable investment for businesses.

2. 100% Bonus Depreciation

With depreciation now at 100 percent, a business can deduct the entire cost of the solar system in its first year rather than spread it out over a period of time. This allows corporations to take advantage of the tax savings now rather than in the future, resulting in growing returns from going solar as well as an increase in the total value of the project.

3. 30% Tax Credit Available

The federal solar tax credit allows you to deduct 30% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal income taxes until 2020. You can also claim the tax credit as soon as the construction of the system begins. The tax credit and depreciation benefit can help reduce the system price by as much as 60 percent. Add that to savings from a reduced utility bill, and business owners are looking at a bright investment.

Seeing is Believing

Some of Florida’s largest businesses like Publix Supermarkets, Ed Morse, Lockheed Martin, and Advanced Roofing have installed solar on their properties, from rooftop installations to solar carports. Solar has short payback period, provide steady financial returns, and help business owner’s hedge against rising energy prices.   According to our data, Advanced Roofing paid on average $1,623.00 in monthly electricity bills before going solar. After the installation of an 84 kW solar carport at our headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, our electricity bill is approximately $890.00 ­­– a 55% reduction.

How much money can solar save your business?

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2017 Top Commercial Solar Contractor Florida

Advanced Green Technologies Named Florida’s Top Commercial
Solar Contractor for 2017

Ranked #1 Commercial Solar EPC in Florida for sixth consecutive year; 48 in the nation

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Advanced Green Technologies (AGT), a leading provider of solar energy system engineering, procurement, and construction solutions earns the Top Commercial Solar EPC ranking in the State of Florida for the sixth consecutive year, and 48th in the nation by Solar Power World for 2017, the solar industry’s leading media resource.

See 2017 Top Solar Contractor Ranking

The top solar contractors’ list was created by Solar Power World to offer the industry an inside look at how solar companies stack up against one another. Starting with only 100 contractors in 2011 the list has grown to 500 in 2017 and is compiled based on the total kilowatts installed for each of the company’s customers.

With more than 13.4 Megawatts installed in 2016, AGT leads the industry as the highest-volume commercial solar EPC in the State of Florida and 48th in the nation. To achieve this ranking, AGT completed many prominent projects last year including a 2.25 Megawatts Solar Carport for Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Florida and a 2 Megawatts Solar Farm for the city of Lake Worth.

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“It’s a great honor to be recognized as the top commercial solar EPC in the state of Florida six years in a row,” said AGT President Michael Kornahrens.” As we continue to grow and push the limits of what is possible in the state of Florida, I am incredibly thankful for my team’s hard work and dedication to making AGT one of the best solar companies in the state.”

AGT reminds commercial building and business owners the most significant financial incentive for installing solar; the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit will be reduced at the end of 2019.  Currently, you can subtract 30% of all solar energy system installation costs directly from your federal income tax payments, making for a quick return on investment.  The 30% Solar Investment Tax Credits will be reduced to 26% in 2020, and 22% in 2021 before dropping permanently to 10% for commercial projects and 0% for residential projects. Also, the bill includes language to allow project owners who start construction before the end of 2021 to be allowed a larger credit following the completion of their project, as long as it’s in service before the end of 2023. Now is the time to begin on the path toward energy independence, financial savings, and environmental sustainability.

Contact AGT today for a complimentary project quote at 800-735-2641 or click here.

Now Providing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

ChargePoint Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

As electric vehicles are in high demand, Advanced Green Technologies has partnered with ChargePoint to provide high-performance electric vehicle charging stations for commercial customers in Florida.

Advanced Green Technologies recently partnered with ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, and can now offer sought-after EV charging solutions to commercial customers throughout the state of Florida. To show our commitment to this leading technology, we’ve installed our very own EV charging station at our headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. We invite you to stop by and plug in!

Transportation is changing fast. According to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 35% of vehicles sold in the United States will be electric by 2040. Florida is a leader in electrification and ranked among the top 10 states for EVs in operation and EV growth in 2016. It’s time for all of us to get ready for the future of transportation, which will be electric and connected—to drivers, mobile apps, charging spots, businesses and the rest of our everyday lives.

ChargePoint EV Charging Station Benefits:

  • Charge any electric vehicle on the road
  • Attract new customers, employees, tenants, and visitors
  • Increase property value and extend tenant residency
  • Establish your brand image as a green leader
  • Keep stations running with remote monitoring and updates
  • Engage drivers with real-time status updates and a mobile app
  • Financial incentives available

To learn more about the ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station for your commercial property, contact us today for a free demonstration and estimate.

AGT Sponsorship Helps Local Schools Compete in National Underwater Robotics Competition

2017 SeaPerch Competition Sponsorship

Advanced Green Technologies sponsorship helps FAU High School and FAU’s A.D. Henderson University School’s Underwater Robotics Teams compete in national SeaPerch competition at Georgia Tech Insitute of Technology

Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) recently sponsored FAU High School and FAU’s A.D. Henderson University School’s Underwater Robotics Teams to participate in the national SeaPerch competition at Georgia Tech Institute of Technology on May 20. The SeaPerch program provides students with the opportunity to build a remote underwater vehicle (ROV) while learning about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics. Students build basic skills in ship and submarine design while they become familiar with possible paths in naval architecture and ocean engineering.

The Sea Owls Underwater Robotics Team, consisting of a total of 23 middle school students from A.D. Henderson University School and high school students from FAU High School, traveled to compete at this year’s event, which featured 188 teams from all over the nation and the world, including Hawaii and New Zealand.  Support from AGT and several other local sponsors helped cover much of the cost for the students and their parents to travel to the competition, allowing them to avoid incurring significant out of pocket expenses.

2017 SeaPerch Results

The high school team, Team Sea Owls STRIX, won first place for the Open Class engineering presentation and tied for 9th overall with the middle school Team ADH20, who also competed in the Open Class.  Team ADH20 also developed a custom Arduino-based controller to mimic a gamepad that students were more accustomed to using and provided improved fine motor control of their robot.

Team SCUBA-Doo, another one of FAU’s middle school teams, placed second in the Puzzle Challenge with a perfect score in 4 minutes 3 seconds. This team placed 10th overall out of the 72 middle school teams competing at the national championship. Bio-Inspired by Squid, another FAU high school team, found further inspiration from the Harvard Robotics Lab and incorporated the use of their custom soft robotics into their gripper for the Puzzle Challenge.

Congratulations to all of FAU’s teams on their outstanding performance. We can’t wait to see what you come up with next year.

To find out more about the SeaPerch program or to inquire about becoming a sponsor, contact District STEM Coordinator Allan Phipps at 561-297-2857 / 954-817-0110 or via email at aphipps@fau.edu.

What You Need to Know About the Tesla Rooftop Solar Shingles

Tesla Rooftop Solar Shingles

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Learn all about the new Tesla solar roof shingles coming out in 2017

2017 is looking to be an exciting year for the solar industry in Florida. Predictions show more growth and lower prices overall. Technology, designs, and applications are evolving, thru higher power density traditional solar modules, more efficient electrical designs, and possibly most notably with the recent announcement of the Tesla solar roofing tile, an integrated solar glass shingle, that is helping to make solar mainstream in the residential market with a focus on aesthetics and energy production.

The new solar roof shingle will be available later this year and come in four designs, giving homeowners the option to “go solar” without having to install large panels on their roofs. However, there is much uncertainty with the product at this time, and we should hear more about pricing when production begins later this year. Performance issues should also be cleared up by then since prototypes are operating two percent less efficient than the existing solar panel technology.

Tesla Solar Roof Shingles Long-Term Outlook

In the long run, we feel the success of the Tesla solar roof shingle will come down to its pricing. Based on similar shingles that were previously launched, we expect the cost of the Tesla shingle to be high and complex to install. According to Tesla, the cost of its new system will be lower than a traditional roof when combined with projected utility bill savings. Barry Cinnamon at Greentech Media ran the numbers and provided a few estimates based on the information that has been released so far. For a retrofit, this can range from $33,000 – $37,000, with a decrease in price for new production homes (est. $26,500) and new custom homes (est. $36,000). With paybacks for regular solar systems averaging 6.5 years, Tesla’s retrofit payback of 11 years will be less appealing for homeowners. Because there are far more homes than commercial businesses, it’s very unlikely homeowners will replace a proven, traditional roof system with a solar roof anytime soon. For those who want solar energy now, there’s always the option to integrate a more cost-effective traditional solar panel for energy savings. But with paybacks of 8.2 for new construction, Tesla is sure to be an attractive option in this market.

Rooftop Solar Return on Investment

With its high return on investment, large-scale commercial installations remain the most profitable solar energy solution in Florida outside of large-scale utility installations. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Major US corporations are installing solar at an astonishing rate, with commercial prices falling by an average of 16% in 2016. Advanced Roofing Inc. (ARI) is one of the nation’s largest commercial re-roofing companies and specializes in the design, procurement, and construction (EPC) of rooftop solar energy systems. Since 2007, ARI has installed over 200 megawatts of renewable energy for clients such as Lockheed Martin and the University of Miami.

Companies are choosing to go solar not only because of the environment but also for the financial returns. With rapid payback, stable internal rates of return, and a predictable cash flow stream, commercial solar projects can deliver outstanding long-term investment returns for businesses. A commercial solar project can generate incremental revenue, actually creating a new profit center. Electricity prices are highly volatile and difficult to predict. By generating clean electricity onsite, you can eliminate your businesses exposure to price volatility.

Solar Investment Tax Credit Available Until 2019

Furthermore, through the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), companies can also receive a 30 percent federal tax credit for installing solar on their property through 2019. With a 3-7 year project ROI for large scale commercial rooftop and carport installations and double-digit Internal rates of Return (IRR) over 25 years, now is the time to go solar, as we may never see incentives this aggressive again.

Whether it’ll be profitable remains to be seen, but Tesla’s foray into solar has piqued the world’s interest in rooftop solar, as homeowners anxiously await the production of these sleek new solar tiles in 2017.

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AGT Recognized as the Top Commercial Solar Contractor in Florida for 2016

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Advanced Green Technologies Earns the Top Commercial Solar Contractor Ranking in Florida for the Fifth Consecutive Year–44th in the Nation

For the fifth year in a row, Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) earns the Top Commercial Solar Contractor ranking in the State of Florida, and 44th in the nation by Solar Power World magazine, the solar industry’s leading media resource. The Top 500 Solar Contractors List is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the U.S. and Canada. The companies on the list are growing the economy, providing jobs and offering electricity consumers a choice about how they get their power. The list was released on July 26.

Solar energy is a renewable resource with great potential to significantly reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a national solar industry association. AGT is a sister company to Advanced Roofing Inc., one of the nation’s largest commercial re-roofing companies, and specializes in the design, procurement, and construction (EPC) of solar energy systems. The company employs 25 workers plus a large crew of contractors who installed nearly 48 megawatts of solar in 2015. Since its founding in 2007, the company has installed 222 megawatts of solar carports, ground mount, and rooftop solar.

AGT works amid a burgeoning business market. The U.S. solar market is expected to grow 119% this year, according to global research firm GTM Research. While a majority of solar electricity is produced at large, utility-scale solar power plants, the greatest number of solar jobs are located with companies like AGT—firms doing the work to bring clean energy to the public.

We’re excited for the continued growth of solar and are proud to be the Sunshine State’s top solar contractor, building sustainable projects that help businesses meet their bottom line while producing clean energy,” said AGT President Michael Kornahrens.

The Solar Power World recognition comes on the heels of another big honor for the company last month. ARI and AGT received First Place for Sustainability for the third year in a row for its work building the massive 2.25-megawatt solar carport at Lockheed Martin’s Clearwater campus at the 2016 Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA) S.T.A.R. awards program.

Read the Lockheed Martin Solar Carport Case Study, click here.

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Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit Extends Until 2023

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Impacts of 30% Solar Investment Tax Credit Extension on Florida

The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) started in 2005 under the Energy Policy Act (P.L. 109-58) and is the most important federal policy to support the installation of solar energy projects in the United States. Through the ITC, a business can receive a 30 percent federal tax credit for installing solar on their property. Since the eight-year ITC was put into place, thousands of companies have taken advantage it to reduce their tax liability, increase property value, and show their commitment to a sustainable future. However, as the end of 2015 came near, many industry experts, including our company, felt the program would expire completely or be reduced significantly. Thankfully, on December 18th, 2015, with only a few short weeks remaining in the program, Congress stepped in to extend the ITC until 2023.

The bill extends the 30% Solar Investment Tax Credits for both residential and commercial projects until 2019, and then reduces the credit to 26% in 2020, and 22% in 2021 before dropping permanently to 10% for commercial projects and 0% for residential projects. Also, the bill includes language to allow project owners who start construction before the end of 2021 to be allowed a larger credit following the completion of their project, as long as it’s in service before the end of 2023.

The table below shows the expiration date for solar technologies based on when construction begins and the value of the investment tax credit for each technology by year.

ITC Future Stepdown

For business owners in Florida, the extension presents an excellent opportunity to install solar on a commercial property while taking advantage of the full 30% tax incentive until 2019. “We’ve see a significant increase in demand of businesses wanting solar on their assets since the extension was announced,” said Advanced Green Technologies Vice President Clint Sockman. He further adds, “With a 5-10 year project ROI now is the time to go solar, as we may never see incentives this aggressive again.”

Overall, the extension to the ITC is expected to add 95 gigawatts of solar power in the United States over the next five years, the equivalent of powering 19 million homes, according to Solar Power World Magazine. Furthermore, by 2020, the industry is expected to employ up to 220,000 additional workers while helping to offset 100 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to removing 20 million cars off the roads.

ITC Extension Impacts

  1. 19 MIL homes powered by 2020
  2. 5% of energy up from .01 by 2020
  3. 30 BIL private equity funding by 2020
  4. 220,000 jobs over next 5 years
  5. Offset 100 MIL Metric tons of CO2 emissions
  6. 3000% increase in solar capacity to 100 GW by 2020

How do you feel the extension of the ITC will affect your community? Do you have any questions about the program? We would love to hear from you. Please leave your comments below.

AGT Named Florida’s Top Commercial Solar Contractor for 2015

Advanced Green Technologies Earns Top Solar Contractor Ranking

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Ranked #1 in Florida for fourth consecutive year; 29th in the nation for commercial solar installations

Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) earns the Top Commercial Solar Contractor ranking in the State of Florida for the fourth consecutive year, and 29th in the nation by Solar Power World for 2015, the solar industry’s leading media resource.

The top solar contractors’ list was created by Solar Power World four years ago to offer the industry an inside look at how solar companies stack up against one another. Starting with only 100 contractors in 2011 the list has grown to 500 for 2015 and broken down into multiple categories including residential, commercial and utility markets.

With more than 43 Megawatts installed for 2014, AGT leads the industry as the highest-volume commercial solar contractor in the State of Florida and 29th in the nation. This ranking is the fourth consecutive year that AGT has earned the top honor. Additionally,  the ranking marks an upward swing not only for the company but also for the Florida solar energy market as a whole, signifying demand for both rooftop and solar carport solutions. Rankings are based solely on annual kilowatts installed.

“We’re proud to continue to be the top commercial solar contractor in the state, building sustainable projects that help organizations meet their bottom line while producing clean energy,” said AGT President Michael Kornahrens.  The projects we completed in 2014 demonstrates solar energy’s potential to improve sustainability for Florida’s private sector and is a shining example of our company’s decades of experience handling complex projects in all sectors,”

The Solar Power World ranking came on the heels of another big honor for the company in 2015.  AGT’s sister company, Advanced Roofing Inc. was recognized by the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association with the First Place Award for Sustainability and the Best Overall Project of the Year Award for its roofing, waterproofing, and solar project scopes at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Read the UM Frost School of Music case study, click here.

To view a complete list of the 2015 Top Solar Contractors rankings, click here.

AGT wants to remind commercial building and business owners in Florida the most important financial incentive for installing solar energy systems, the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit will be significantly reduced by the end of 2016.  Currently, you can subtract 30% of all solar energy system installation costs directly from your federal income tax payments, making for a quick return on investment.  After 2016, the cost of going solar will rise by at least 20%.  This increase can equal up to $1 Million in additional costs.  The proposal, due diligence, and corporate decision-making process for a solar project takes several months.  Now is the time to begin on the path toward energy independence, financial savings, and environmental sustainability.

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AGT Selected to Construct Florida’s Largest Privately Held Solar Array

Advanced Green Technologies Selected by Lockheed Martin to build Florida’s Largest Privately Held Solar Energy Array

Lockheed Martin contracted Advanced Roofing and Advanced Green Technologies to design and build a massive 2.25 megawatt solar carport at the global security and aerospace company’s Mission Systems and Training facility in Clearwater, Florida. The project will be the largest private, non-utility owned solar array in Florida and is expected to produce 3.33 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

The solar carport will cover 151, 400 square feet of the facility’s parking lot with 7,260 solar modules to provide shade for 534 cars. At completion, the project is expected to cut electricity purchases for the facility by up to 60 percent, according to Lockheed Martin’s estimates.

Advanced Roofing, Florida’s largest commercial solar contractor, competed with a field of national and Florida-based firms for the contract. The company will serve as general contractor, with sister firm Advanced Green Technologies providing construction and installation.

“Since the facility’s operations will be in full swing throughout the construction schedule, precise phasing will be crucial to expedite our work and minimize disruption at the site,” said Clint Sockman, Vice President of Advanced Roofing and Advanced Green Technologies. As the state’s largest commercial re-roofing contractor, Advanced Roofing will draw on its decades of experience with large, complex projects at operational corporate, federal, healthcare, education, manufacturing and retail facilities.

Construction of the fast-tracked, multi-phased project begins this month and will employ more than 40 workers on-site, with completion set for summer 2015. In addition to design, procurement and construction of the solar carport, Advanced Roofing’s contract includes resurfacing the entire 6.65-acre asphalt parking lot at the facility.

Advanced Roofing will first resurface half the parking lot, and then install the carport’s foundations and structural steel superstructure. The contractor’s crews will then install the solar panel canopy, using high- efficiency Hanwha SolarOne S-series modules, and will add the full under-canopy LED lighting system. The first phase will be in use as the second-phase parking lot work commences.

Throughout Florida and around the nation, offsetting energy costs with solar carports is a growing trend for corporate, healthcare, hotel and government facilities. A recent national study by GTM Research projected a 76 percent increase in solar carports from 2014’s estimated annual installed capacity of 180.2 megawatts to an estimated 318 megawatts in 2016.

To learn more about Advanced Green Technologies commercial solar carport solutions contact us today, 

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