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What You Need to Know About the Tesla Rooftop Solar Shingles

Tesla Rooftop Solar Shingles


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


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


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


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.

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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.

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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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