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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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FPL Solar Rebate Program Ends January 14th

Commercial Building Owners this is your last opportunity to receive a $50,000 FPL Solar Rebate and 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit together for installing solar. We may never see incentive this good again in Florida.

Advanced Green Technologies is pleased to announce that Florida Power and Light (FPL) will continue its Solar Rebate Program for 2015. Early applications will be accepted online starting January 14, 2015 at 8:30AM on a first come, first serve basis. In previous rounds, we’ve seen the $5 million dollar rebate fund exhausted very quickly – the last program filled up within minutes.

Why Act Now?

• Final year of FPL Solar Rebate Pilot Program
• 30% Federal Tax Credit expires in 2016
• Quick ROI: Positive cash flow after 1 year
• Financing available for qualified customers
• Receive up to $50,000 for three sites
• Reduce operating costs
• Decrease your carbon footprint
• Increase the value of your property
• No commitment to purchase

Pre-qualify Now Before It’s Too Late

2015 is the last year commercial building owners can receive a $50,000 FPL Solar Rebate and 30% Federal Tax Credit together. Contact us today and submit your application early to ensure that your solar project comes to life before the sun sets on these incentives. One great part about pre-qualifying is that once approved you’ll receive funding guaranteed.

Advanced Roofing and Advanced Green Technologies completed more than 100 solar installations in 2014.

Our team is here to provide you with a complete solution from start to finish. Our commitment to quality ensures you receive the best customer experience by providing the most accurate solution for your needs using premium materials and award-winning craftsmanship. Join our many satisfied customers that have already seen the light.

100% Application Submission Success Rate. Let Us Show You How.

We know some of you have missed out on the past FPL Solar Rebate offers due to technical difficulty and funds drying up. Our team has successfully submitted applications every round, and we would like to offer you training on how to submit yours. Call us today and we can walk you through the steps, or let us submit it for you.

Watch Our Interview with WSVL-TV about the FPL Solar Rebate Program,

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AGT Continues Sponsorship with Junior Achievement World Finance Park

Advanced Green Technologies will continue its unwavering support to Junior Achievement World of South Florida Finance Park in Coconut Creek, Florida to continue educating the youth of South Florida about renewable energy.

Advanced Green Technologies is proud to announce its continued support for Junior Achievement World of South Florida, Patten Family Foundation Finance Park on the campus of Broward College in Coconut Creek, Florida. Rob Kornahrens, President of Advanced Roofing, is a longtime supporter of Junior Achievement (JA) and a JA Business Hall of Fame Laureate.

“It means a great deal to my family and I to be able to support this great organization”. It’s incredibly gratifying to know our contributions are helping educate the youth of South Florida about renewable energy and how effects the community,” stated Rob Kornahrens, Advanced Roofing President.

Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) was established to transform the renewable energy industry by providing premier renewable energy solutions for commercial clients throughout North America and the Caribbean. The storefront is designed with renewable energy in mind and gives students the ability to learn about the importance of environmental responsibility. The AGT storefront includes various solar energy solutions along with interactive solar monitoring system and solar education center.

“JA thanks Advanced Green Technologies and all of the other companies who continue to support the purpose of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy,” mentioned JA World.

In 2010, Advanced Green Technologies donated a solar energy system to JA World that’s located on their rooftop. The 175kW solar energy system provides the facility with clean energy and acts as a learning tool for students.

Learn more about Junior Achievement World Finance Park, 

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AGT Earns Honorable Mention from Solar Builder Magazine

Advanced Green Technologies Solar Panel Installation for JM Family Enterprises Earns Honorable Mention from Solar Builder Magazine at Solar Power International in Las Vegas.

Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) is proud to announce that Solar Builder Magazine has named AGT as an Honorable Mention recipient of its 2nd annual Project of the Year awards. The announcement was made at the solar industries largest convention, Solar Power International in Las Vegas, October, 2014.

AGT was recognized for its outstanding craftsmanship installing a 150 kW roof-mounted solar array for JM Family Enterprises at their headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

The solar array was designed and installed by AGT while keeping in mind the area’s threat for high hurricane wind speeds. During the pre-construction phase, AGT’s design team discovered that a post-tension concrete slab was supporting the existing roof system. In order to maintain the structural integrity of the building while satisfying the wind uplift requirements, AGT’s design team revised all the attachment details and utilize fastener and sleeve imbeds specifically designed for use in post-tension applications.

“We are honored to be recognized by the industry for our dedication to building solar energy systems in high-wind zone areas like South Florida. We believe it is crucial to continue evolving and be trendsetters in the latest technologies and design strategies,” mentions Clint Sockman, VP Renewable Energy, Advanced Green Technologies.

See the Solar Builder Magazine Project of the Year rankings,

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AGT Earns Top Commercial Solar Contractor Ranking for 2014

For the third year in a row Advanced Green Technologies ranks as one of the Top Commercial Solar Contractors in North America by Solar Power World and the top in Florida and Ontario for MW installed in 2013.

The results are in… Solar Power World, the solar industry’s leading media resource has named Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) to its top solar contractors list for the third year in a row.

The top solar contractors’ list was developed by Solar Power World three years ago to offer the industry an inside  look at how solar companies stack up against one another in the residential, commercial and utility markets across North America. 

Coming in with just over 12.7 Megawatts installed for 2013, AGT has completed more than 86MW directly to date and ranks as the top commercial solar contractor in both Florida in Ontario, Canada; 53 out of 400 in North America. This is the third year in a row that AGT has earned this top position.

“We are honored to receive this ranking by Solar Power World for the 3rd year in a row. We credit this success to our entire team,” mentioned Michael Kornahrens, AGT’s President. He further added, “This ranking is a true testament for all of the hard work we have put in over the past 7 years, and the foundations we have established for growth.”

Take a look at the 2014 Top Solar Contractor list,

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AGT Wins First Place for Solar Installation from FRSA

Advanced Green Technologies Awarded First Place in Sustainability Category from Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association (FRSA)

In 2014, Advanced was awarded First Place in the Sustainability Category for the 2014 STAR Awards Program presented by Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal Association (FRSA) for the completed rooftop solar panel installation for JM Family Enterprises in Deerfield Beach, Florida.  Advanced Green Technologies was hired to design, procure and install the 150 kilowatts solar array  that would meet strict South Florida wind, fire and building codes all while maintaining the pre-existing GAF 20 year NDL Warranted modified bitumen roofing systems.

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Advanced Green Technologies Celebrates 7 Year Anniversary

Earth Day Marks 7 Years of Solar Power Success for Advanced Green Technologies

Advanced Green Technologies (AGT Solar), a leading North American commercial solar contractor (i.e. solar installer and EPC) celebrates its seven year anniversary in the month of April. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, AGT Solar specializes in the design, procurement, and installation of commercial rooftop and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic systems.

Since being founded n 2007 by Michael Kornahrens, the company’s deep commercial roofing heritage and relentless focus on quality have led it to be recognized by Solar Power Worldand GAF, as a leading expert in North America and the Caribbean for retrofitting commercial rooftops with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

In seven years, AGT Solar has grown from a startup company with two employees to now employing more than fifteen full time solar professionals with offices in both Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Toronto, Ontario. To date, AGT Solar has completed 95 megawatts (MW) of solar PV installations and will look to complete an additional 98MW in 2014-15.

“We are happy to reach this important milestone”, mentioned Michael Kornahrens, AGT Solar President. “I want to thank all of our customers and business partners for helping us get to where we are today. He further added, “We are excited about the future of our industry and will continue to provide the most advanced renewable energy solutions on the market.”

From the company’s first 1.5 kilowatt residential rooftop installation in 2007 to the three 14 MW utility-scale solar-farms currently under construction in Ontario, Canada, AGT Solar has consistently grown the size of its project capabilities and experience.

Flagship commercial installations include:

  • Education: Cresskill School Board, Cresskill, NJ- 500kW
  • Government: U.S. Navy, Multiple Sites – 1.8MW
  • Retail: Toys “R” Us Inc. Distribution Center Flanders, NJ – 5.3MW
  • Utility: Solar Farm Ontario, Canada – 14MW

For more information about our commercial turn-key solar energy solutions contact us today. We have friendly solar experts on hand waiting to help.

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AGT Earns Solar Industry’s Most Prestigious Certification NABCEP

Advanced Green Technologies Vice President Clinton Sockman Earns Solar Industry’s Most Prestigious Certification – The NABCEP’s PV Installation Professional Certification.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Clinton Sockman, Vice President of Advanced Green Technologies (AGT Solar), Solar Contractor, has earned the solar industry’s leading recognition of installation expertise from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®) and is now a NABCEP Certified PV Installation ProfessionalTM. NABCEP is a highly respected and well-established national certification standard for solar energy professionals. Designation as an NABCEP PV Installation Professional is widely recognized to be the most prestigious and meaningful certification of its kind in the solar industry.

“Earning NABCEP’s PV Installation Professional Certification means a great deal to me,” mentioned Clinton Sockman, AGT Vice President. “More important it means we can provide our customers the added confidence of knowing that their photovoltaic system installations will be completed to the highest standards in the solar industry.”

To obtain Clinton Sockman’s NABCEP certification, he was first required to document important knowledge and experience pertaining to PV system installation. Then he had to pass a rigorous exam that includes the breadth of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to competently design, install and maintain PV systems. The exam assesses a wide knowledge on subjects including electrical and mechanical system design, job site safety, the National Electrical Code, roofing and construction techniques, and system maintenance and troubleshooting.

“One thing you can be assured of when hiring an NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional is that your project won’t be their first,” said Richard Lawrence, Executive Director of NABCEP. “Anyone who makes the considerable effort required to earn NABCEP certification has documented their training and experience as part of the eligibility process. They have also made a very real commitment to upholding. I am delighted to welcome Clint Sockman of Advanced Green Technologies to the ranks of the industry’s leading solar professionals.”