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Advanced Green Technologies 2021 Top Commercial Solar Contractor Florida

Advanced Green Technologies Ranks as a Top Commercial Solar Contractor in Florida for the tenth consecutive year; #45 in the nation

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 tenth consecutive year, and 114th solar contractor in the nation by Solar Power World for 2021, the solar industry’s leading media resource.

See 2021 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 2021and is compiled based on the total kilowatts installed for each of the company’s customers.

With more than 14 Megawatts installed in 2020, AGT leads the industry as the highest-volume commercial solar EPC in the State of Florida and 45th in the nation. To achieve this ranking, AGT completed many prominent projects last year, including a 2-Megawatt solar roof for Verizon in Lake Mary and the second-largest solar roof at the time of completion, 1.6 MW, in Doral, Florida for Costex Corporation.

Watch the Costex Solar Video

“We believe the Top Contractors list brings AGT a sense of pride to our team and visibility to our potential customers.,” said AGT Vice President Clint Sockman, “Today we are building for Fortune 100’s alongside small business owners and the pipeline is as full as ever.”

Utility and Fuel Price Increasing for Businesses in Florida

The demand for solar installations in Florida is strong, especially following recent rate increase announcements from utility providers starting in 2022. According to recent announcements, small and medium-sized business customers would see annual rate increases of 3.9% to 4.4% between 2021 and 2025, which equate to over 18% during this time period. Large commercial and industrial customers with more complex rate structures should contact their account managers for information about their rate adjustments.  With the 4% fuel increase we have already seen in May, combined, these increases could well exceed over 30% in total. One of the best ways businesses can offset some or all of their electricity use is by investing in solar, and there’s no better time than the present.

The Solar Investment Tax Credit Can Help Provide a Great Return on Investment

The solar investment tax credit (ITC), which was scheduled to drop from 26% to 22% this year, will remain at 26% for two more years. This means that all solar projects that begin construction this year and next will be eligible to receive the 26% tax credit. The credit will drop to 22% in 2023 for all market segments, including commercial and residential, then down to 10% permanently for the commercial and utility markets in 2024.

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

Everything You Need to Know About Solar Carport Structures

Solar Carport Structures

Learn everything you need to know about solar carport structures for commercial properties in Florida

Established in 2007, Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) is the top-ranked commercial solar contractor in Florida and specializes in the design, installation, and maintenance of solar energy systems for commercial and industrial customers in Florida. Below find answers to frequently asked questions about solar carport installations.

How long have solar carport solutions been around or are they a new invention?

Solar carports have been in the U.S. market for about 10 years, and we’ve been installing them in Florida for 7 years. We use traditional steel and concrete construction techniques, integrated with our solar design knowledge.

The solar carport market is growing fast in Florida because there’s a convergence of factors that make for solid ROI. It’s a timing issue – as the cost of utility power continues rising, the cost of solar installations continues coming down, solar installation costs continue to drop, and a federal tax credit of 26%. Solar carports also bring good visibility for companies that have a brand committed to being environmentally responsible

Would a typical solar carport use multiple types of solar panels, or just one?

Our carport is designed to showcase to our potential customers what can be done, so we have both an open deck solution and a full water management system designed on two halves of the carport.  Typically, the property owner chooses one type of design. The first option is open to sun and rain from above and rain simply drains thru the canopy while sunlight is captured as energy. The other type receives sunlight from above the panel but has a water management system consisting of a decking or gasket system creating a water management system below the panel. That keeps the carport dry, for more complete weather protection. We show both setups to give a sense of the esthetics of each.

Other options for carports include lighting systems, monitoring systems, linkage with a property owner’s security system, and car charging stations.

How much does a solar carport cost?

Every parking lot is different in scale and conditions, and every carport is completely customized, so it’s not really possible to generalize pricing.

Owners generally want to know about return on investment, and our carports have 5 to 10-year ROI. With energy costs and all factors considered, break-even will be between 7 and 10 years, and panels are warrantied to 25 years at 80 percent of original capacity. So that provides 15 to 18 years of energy benefits after break-even.

What maintenance do solar carports require?

Maintenance is minimal. Our carports provide owners with 24/7 online monitoring access to diagnostics of how the system is performing if it’s meeting energy metrics and any fault notices. Owners choose whether to monitor the system themselves or to have us do so. For preventive maintenance, we recommend they have an annual inspection, during which we check all mechanical settings and check thermal images of electrical connections.

Can a solar carport generate enough power for an office building in Florida?

It’s all about scale, and you can’t really generalize. In Advanced Roofing’s circumstance, our 84-kilowatt solar carport provides shelter from sun and rain for 16 cars, fully powers an office where 30-40 people work, and powers the carport’s 2 electric car chargers. (To clarify — the carport doesn’t charge all 16 cars.)

We were net exporters to the grid last month. In addition to the solar carport, we’ve moved toward energy efficiency in other ways too, including high-efficiency HVAC, LED lights.

Do solar carport’s produce energy on cloudy days?

In Florida, the way net metering works is to look at how much energy is produced and how much is consumed daily, during a month or year. On cloudy days we still produce some energy, and the daily variation is built into our energy modeling. Electric bills provide a net overproduction or underproduction total at the end of a month

Can you sell excess electricity back to the grid?

Yes, FPL has a net metering product. We’re interconnected to the grid and get credit on our bill from FPL when we send excess energy to the grid. For our carport customers, and ourselves we look to produce 80 to 90% of monthly needs since when you sell back to the grid, you only get 30 cents on the dollar.

Get Your Free Solar Carport Estimate Today

To receive a complimentary energy audit and site evaluation, contact us at 888-735-2641 or click here. 

Florida Utility Rates and Fuel Surcharges Rising in 2022

Florida Utility Rates and Fuel Surcharges Rising in 2022

Florida businesses could see a 30% price increase for energy in the next three year’s due to a combination of Utility base rate and fuel surcharge increases beginning in 2022

Businesses in Florida could see a 30% price increase for energy in the next three years due to a combination of utility base rate and fuel surcharge increases starting in 2022.

Utility customers in Florida have already begun to feel the pinch as an increase in the cost of natural gas has resulted in higher monthly electric bills since May. The state Public Service Commission recently approved a request by Utility providers to collect $302.5 million from customers to cover additional fuel costs for power plants. The additional charges will continue through the end of the year.

However, there are bigger, more long-term base rate increases on the horizon from Utility providers. To offset the rise in expenses and accommodate the state’s population growth, Utilities filed a four-year rate plan to raise customers’ monthly electric bills by 18% by 2025. Small- and medium-sized businesses will see bills increase at an average annual rate of 3.9% to 4.4% between 2021 and 2025. Large commercial and industrial customers with more complex rate structures should contact their account managers for information about their rate adjustments. With the 4% fuel increase we have already seen in May, combined, these increases could well exceed over 30% in total.

How Solar Can Offsett Utility and Gas Rate Increases

One of the best ways businesses can offset some or all of their electricity use is by making a localized solar investment with a solar roof or carport system, and there’s no better time than the present. The solar investment tax credit (ITC), which was scheduled to drop from 26% to 22% this year, will remain at 26% for two more years. This means that all solar projects that begin construction this year and next will be eligible to receive the 26% tax credit. The credit will drop to 22% in 2023 for all market segments, including commercial and residential, then down to 10% permanently for the commercial and utility markets in 2024.

For commercial property owners, solar benefits the bottom line with the ITC equal to 26% of the basis invested in eligible solar property that has begun construction. The typical solar investment can see a return on investment (ROI) in five to 10 years using the ITC and accelerated depreciation. Advanced Roofing and Advanced Green Technologies value ROI based on energy consumption combined with intangibles such as preserving the rooftop and other additional benefits. But beyond the economic benefits, solar is the smart choice for our environment.

With energy costs on the rise, now’s the time to grow your bottom line and increase your building’s value with solar. Call (800) 638-6869 for a free solar evaluation or click here.

Solar Tax Credit Extended Through 2022

Solar Tax Credit Extended Through 2022

Here’s why 2021 is the best time to invest in solar for your commercial property and business

If you’ve been thinking of going green, here’s some good news. The solar investment tax credit (ITC), which was scheduled to drop from 26% to 22% this year, will remain at 26% for two more years. This means that all solar energy projects that begin construction this year and next will be eligible to receive the 26% tax credit. The credit will drop to 22% in 2023 for all market segments, including commercial and residential, then down to 10% permanently for the commercial and utility markets in 2024. The tax credit for residential properties will come to a close in 2024.

Why Business Owners Should Invest in Solar

Since the ITC was enacted in 2006, the U.S. solar industry has grown by more than 10,000% – creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and investing billions of dollars in the U.S. economy. For commercial property owners, solar benefits the bottom line with the ITC equal to 26% of the basis that is invested in an eligible solar property that has begun construction. But beyond the economic benefits, solar is the smart choice for our environment.

Benefits of Direct Ownership Over Shared Solar

Most businesses are looking to offset some or all of their electricity use with solar power, making solar an ideal economic and environmental solution. Simply put – solar is good business. Consumers and employees alike value sustainability now more than ever.

Property owners have a choice when it comes to investing in solar. The two most common choices are direct ownership through installing a solar panel system on your building, or a shared solar program which allows business owners to lease solar power generated by community grids without installing a system.

Direct Ownership Solar

Direct ownership, or installing a solar panel system at your commercial property, gives the owner complete control over their solar investment. Solar systems can be customized to your needs – you can power a percentage of your building’s electricity use, offset usage in common spaces, or provide car canopies and electric vehicle charging stations. One of the biggest benefits of direct ownership is the tax credit and rebates. In addition, a solar array investment often increases property values and generates an average return-on-investment in less than ten years.

Shared Solar Programs

A shared solar program allows home and property owners to subscribe to a solar energy project in their community. Participants receive a credit on their utility bill for their portion of the clean energy produced. While this is an easy way for businesses to go green without footing the upfront cost of installing solar panel systems, the availability of shared solar is limited, and businesses do NOT receive the benefits from ownership like tax credits or reduced energy costs.

Solar is an investment in the future of our state. Florida is leading the way in solar energy, ranking  #4 nationally for solar. The typical solar investment can see a return on investment (ROI) in five to 10 years when using the ITC and accelerated depreciation. Advanced Green Technologies value ROI based on energy consumption combined with intangibles such as preserving the rooftop and other additional benefits.

Ready to grow your bottom line and increase your building’s value with solar? For a free solar evaluation, call (800) 638-6869 or click here.

 

Florida’s Largest Solar Roof Installation

Florida’s Largest Solar Roof Installation

Advanced Green Technologies Installs the Largest Privately Owned Rooftop Solar Array in Florida for Barrette Outdoor Living 2.35 Megawatts

Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) recently completed the installation of a massive rooftop solar array on Barrette Outdoor Living’s 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Brooksville, Florida. This is currently the largest privately-owned solar project in the State of Florida, as of October 9th, 2020.

AGT designed and installed the 2.35-MWDC system. The array is comprised of 27 inverters, 6,354 solar panels, and is capable of producing more than 2,352,489 Watts (DC) of power output, offsetting approximately 81% of the facility’s electricity consumption.

Barrette Outdoor Living, which creates high-quality fencing, railing, and exterior products, initiated the project as part of its interconnection agreement for solar production with Duke Energy Florida to meet its sustainability goals. This is the company’s second plant to undergo a transition to solar power. In April 2019, Barrette Outdoor Living completed the installation of a 2.14-MWDC rooftop system at its 400,000-square-foot facility in New Jersey. The company plans to further decrease its carbon footprint by continuing to add solar panels to its other facilities in the coming years.

Read more at Solar Power World

AGT Named 2020 Top Solar Contractor of the Year

2020 Top Solar Contractor of the Year

Advanced Green Technologies Named Florida’s Top Commercial Solar Contractor for 9th Year in a Row by Solar Power World

Advanced Green Technologies (AGT), is honored to be recognized by Solar Power World magazine as the top commercial solar EPC company in Florida and ranked 153 out of 407 solar panel installation contractors in the nation on the magazine’s recently-released 2020 Top Solar Contractors list.

With more than 5.842 megawatts installed in 2019 and more than 250 megawatts installed to date, AGT leads the commercial solar EPC category in the State of Florida with the number one spot for the ninth year in a row. The recognition follows a number of large-scale solar panel installation projects AGT completed in 2019 including a 1.4 MW Solar Carport at United Therapeutics in Jacksonville, 24 solar roofs at the Beacon Hill Apartment Complex in Orlando, and 1 MW solar roof at JJ Taylor Distribution Center in Fort Myers.

In 2020, AGT is working hard to complete several high-profile solar panel installation projects including a 1.6-megawatt solar roof consisting of 4,022 panels the new headquarters for COSTEX Tractor Parts in Miami, Florida. The system can provide an annual savings of more than $200,000 per year. Another project highlight includes the installation of a 60-foot long solar canopy shade structure at the Concours Club in Miami to protect its luxury cars from the sun while producing 428,386 kilowatts of energy annually (the equivalent of powering 35 average U.S. homes for one year).

AGT continues to grow its presence in the state of Florida, recently acquiring a 32,000-square-foot office and warehouse in the Tampa Bay area that allows it to grow solar panel installation capabilities. The new facility will help support growth, adding new high in-demand jobs. The company established a Tampa presence in 2015, buying roofing contractor Roth Bros. of Florida. Since then, the contractor has added more than 40 jobs, bringing the area’s staff to over 70 roofing and solar employees.

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 2020 list was released on July 21.

See 2020 Top Solar Contractor Ranking

“We are beyond proud of the hard work the AGT team continues to do day in and day out to be the top installer of commercial solar EPC in the Sunshine State,” said AGT President Michael Kornahrens. “2020 has been a challenging year, causing issues from supply chain delays to tightening tax equity markets. Solar is critical to Florida’s future and AGT is committed not only to working hard to install more solar panels in the state, but also to be a leader in advocating for initiatives that stabilize our industry.”

Advanced Green Technologies Purchases New Facility In Tampa

Advanced Green Technologies Purchases New Facility in Tampa, Florida

With the demand for commercial solar panel installations in the Tampa Bay Area at an all-time high, Advanced Green Technologies invests in a new 32,000 SF facility to help support growth, adding new high in-demand jobs

TAMPA, Fla. – Advanced Green Technologies and Advanced Roofing, Florida’s top-ranked commercial solar and re-roofing contractor, is expanding Florida West Coast operations with the purchase of its new facilities. To stay ahead of the growing demand for roofing and solar installations, the contractor acquired a 32,000-square-foot industrial building close to Tampa International Airport that allows it to grow roofing and solar manufacturing capabilities.

Fort Lauderdale-based Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) and sister company Advanced Roofing established a Tampa presence in 2015, buying roofing contractor Roth Bros. of Florida. Since then, the contractor has added more than 40 jobs, bringing Tampa staff to over 70 roofing and solar employees.

“We’re investing in Tampa Bay’s economy and community for the long term,” said CEO Rob Kornahrens. With both companies in the new facility, Advanced Roofing is hiring for wide-ranging jobs in its commercial roofing and solar energy divisions. “Making this commitment gives clients confidence we’ll be here for them and streamlines operations for our pipeline of major projects,” Kornahrens added. “With the height of hurricane season just ahead, we have a large capacity and experience to help Tampa Bay commercial properties prepare for and recover from storms the season may bring.”

AGT’s and Advanced Roofing’s business on Florida’s West Coast has grown steadily. Recent projects have included major government, corporate, and educational facilities. AGT is currently building over $12 million dollars worth of solar contracts in the Tampa area alone, with clients including Fortune 500 banking institutions, large private-sector manufacturers, and government agencies. One of AGT’s largest projects in the Tampa area was a $5 million solar carport project for Lockheed Martin in Oldsmar in which AGT manufactured and installed the steel-mounting components for the project.

“Great people who want to keep learning and moving ahead in their careers are the lifeblood of our company, and we’re actively recruiting in Tampa Bay,” Kornahrens said. The new location is a $2.4 million industrial building on 7.14 acres at 4904 West Knollwood Street. Advanced Roofing and AGT relocated this spring from a 3,427-square-foot facility at 8507 W. Sunstate Street, Tampa.

Recognized nationally for a strong commitment to workforce development and creating an opportunity for employees’ career growth, Advanced Roofing and AGT take a nontraditional approach that includes recruiting and providing fast-track training for military veterans and women, as well as foreign workers who are in the U.S. legally under Temporary Protected Status or H2B Visa programs. The company also spearheaded the creation of the Florida Registered Roofing Apprenticeship Program in 2015 with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in South Florida and that program expanded into the Tampa area in 2019. The three-year work/study apprenticeship program can lead to a career-making $50,000 or more yearly, without taking on any educational debt. “

How to Protect Your Solar Panels from a Hurricane

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Commercial Solar Energy Systems

View Our Tips on How to Protect Your Solar Panels from Storm Damage this Hurricane Season: June 1 – November 30

Florida’s hurricane season runs from June 1st – November 30th, with the peak of the season in August and September. This is the sixth year in a row that a tropical depression has formed before the official start of hurricane season, kicking off what experts predict will be an active season.

Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2020, with the likely absence of El Niño as a primary factor. Tropical and subtropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are also warmer than usual, a factor supporting an active hurricane season ahead. The Weather Company calls for 18 named storms, nine hurricanes, and four major hurricanes.

Commercial solar system owners should prepare now no matter the forecast. Add to that the start of the rainy season, which is underway now through October, there is no time like the present to prepare your solar array to protect it from storm damage.

What to Do Before a Hurricane

  • Check Inverter(s) Status and Communication Status to ensure pre-storm operation.
  • Inspect Inverter Enclosures and All Outdoor Electrical Gear for proper seal and cabinet closure.
  • Measure Torque of All Electrical Connections, Re-torque As Needed
  • Inspect All Conduits for Proper Connections To Supports, Couplings, and Fittings, and Duct Seal at potential water entry points
  • Inspect All Visible Wire Connections To Ensure All Are Properly Secured
  • Spot Check All Racking and Attachment Systems for Loose Or Missing Parts, using torque verification markings from the original installation
  • Inspect PV Modules for Physical Damage and Document Conditions
  • Inspect Warning Signs and Labels for first responder warnings and information.
  • *In the Event That Your System Is in The Path Of A Major Storm; Schedule An Authorized AGT Technician To Systematically Power The System Down (AC/DC Disconnects & Communication)

What to Do After a Hurricane

  • Schedule an AGT Technician to Systematically Power System On (AC/DC Disconnects & Communication)
  • Confirm No Water Leakage to Any Component Parts
  • Check Operating Voltage (AC and DC Voltage) and Current
  • Measure Torque of All Electrical Connections, Re-torque As Needed
  • Check Inverter Status, Inspect Inverter Cabinet For Damage And Proper Securement:
  • Check Inverter Fans for Dirt/Dust Build-up, Clean And Verify Fans Are Operating Properly
  • Check Filters and Clean As Needed
  • Inspect All Conduits for Proper Connections To Supports, Couplings, and Fittings, and Duct Seal soundness at cable entry points
  • Inspect All Visible Wire Connections to Ensure All Are Properly Secured
  • Inspect All Warning Signs and Labels and Add or Replace as Needed
  • Spot Check All Racking and Attachment Systems for Loose or Missing Parts. Repair or Replace as Needed:
  • Consider Aerial Thermal Scan of the array for microfractures and hotspots from excessive panel stress or impact.
  • Visually Inspect 5% of All PV Modules for Physical Damage and Document Conditions
  • Remove and Dispose of Any Debris Covering the Modules That May Cause Shading or Damage

Why Work With Advanced Green Technologies During Hurricane Season in Florida

  1. Advanced Team: We have seven offices in Florida and more than 575 employees to help with repairs following a storm.
  2. Emergency Generators: Emergency generators are located at all branch locations to keep operations going post-storm.
  3. Offsite Email: Our offsite communication system has been enhanced and ensures we will always be accessible following a storm.
  4. Fuel & Supplies: We have a special reserve of fuel and supplies for our entire fleet to ensure quick mobilization for emergency repairs.
  5. South Florida Disaster Resiliency Coalition: We partner with emergency management and private-public entities across the tri-county area to enhance and build a hurricane resilient community.

Schedule Your Hurricane Season Solar Inspections and Maintenance Today

We know that preparing your solar array for a hurricane can be overwhelming. One way to reduce the stress of hurricane planning is to take action now by performing preventive maintenance inspections and repairs on your solar panels, racking system, and electrical components before and after a major storm hits.  Advanced Green Technologies is here to help. Call us today at (888) 735-2641 or click here to have your roof inspected and documented so you are prepared to take on this hurricane season

Help Save the Solar Industry

Help Save Solar in Florida

Congress Should Act Fast to Save the Solar Industry

Opinion Article by Rob Kornahrens, Found and CEO of Advanced Green Technologies

COVID-19 has hit the solar industry hard. With 250,000 American employees and $19 billion in annual infrastructure investments, the U.S. solar industry has enjoyed extraordinary growth over the past several years. However, with a plummeting economy and industry job figures, the COVID-19 crisis is threatening these solar jobs and critically important investments.

Issues from supply chain delays to tightening tax equity markets could lead to a loss of nearly half of the solar industry workforce in the United States over the coming months. Projections have industry losses down by 38% relative to forecasts.

Read the full article in the Sun-Sentinel 

Coronavirus Procedures

Advanced Green Technologies Conronvirus Procedures for a Safe Workplace

At Advanced Green Technologies, the health and safety of our customers and employees are our number one priority. As our team is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have preparations in place to reduce the potential for disruption of our services to our customers throughout the State of Florida.

  • Instructed all employees to stay home if they are sick or knowingly exposed to someone diagnosed with the coronavirus.
  • Limited exposure to any of our facilities by outside vendors, visitors, and guests.
  • Introduced hand-sanitizing and wash stations at all job sites.
  • Provided all employees with education on good personal hygiene practices.
  • Trained all managers on our policy in relation to the coronavirus and how to enforce our policy requiring sick employees to remain home if sick or they be sent home if they come to work sick.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting all facilities and work vehicles.
  • Canceled meetings, trade shows, and special events.
  • Limited travel to essential business activities only.
  • Administrative employees are able to work from home.

In doing business with Advanced, customers are encouraged to limit non-essential contact by:

  • Communicating Electronically: Contact our staff via email, telephone, and Online Chat through our website www.agt.com.

We understand this is a difficult time for everyone, and we will do our best not to disrupt service to your building. We are grateful for your loyalty and are committed to providing you with excellent commercial roofing services. Should you have any questions, please call us at 888-735-2641 or reach out to your direct contact at Advanced Green Technologies.

Thank you for understanding, and we wish you and your family health and wellness during this difficult time.