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Photovoltaic Roofs: What is the ROI?





By Kent Mattison, P.E.   Roofing

OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: What Are the Benefits of Photovoltaic Roofing?Pt. 2: Photovoltaic Roofs: Questions About Economics, Physical StructurePt. 3: This Page

Finally, managers must answer difficult questions regarding the financial feasibility of such a project:

  • What are the available incentives, rebates, and credits from federal, state, and local governments and utilities in the area?
  • What is the potential for an SPPA or other financing options?
  • What are the projected installation costs for the chosen system?
  • What are the projected energy cost savings?
  • What is the projected payback time frame, return on investment, and cash flow?

Performing this type of analysis is critical for managers to properly determine the potential success of a PV system. The final steps are to have a professional design the PV and electrical systems, then to have a qualified contractor perform the installation.

Kent Mattison, P.E., is president and a partner with Benchmark Inc. a roof and pavement consulting firm. He has been with Benchmark since its inception in 1983 and has been involved in the roofing industry since 1981.


Continue Reading: Roofing Hot-Button: Photovoltaic Systems

What Are the Benefits of Photovoltaic Roofing?

Photovoltaic Roofs: Questions About Economics, Physical Structure

Photovoltaic Roofs: What is the ROI?



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