Farm & Commercial Solar

Take control of your bottom line by investing in a 25 year source of low and fixed cost renewable energy.

Energy Independence

Investing in solar energy fixes your electricity costs over the life of the system. Your business will be protected from energy inflation and be truly energy independent.

Energy Independence​​

State Backed Cash Flow

Farms and businesses qualify for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, a state-backed program that allows you to make payments as your system generates savings. Let’s say that again: You don’t make payments until you’ve already saved that much money or more. PACE financing is cash flow positive from Day 1.

Decades of Free Power

Between tax credits, utility rebates, grants and accelerated depreciation, your commercial solar system will pay for itself often in less than 7 years. Since the equipment will last for well over 30 years, your farm will have more than 23 years of free electricity. One customer’s banker was so impressed with the numbers that he got solar, too.

PACE Financing

Apply for a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan to fund eligible energy saving upgrades to your business property or buildings. Approved projects receive 100% financing, repaid as a property tax assessment for up to 20 years. PACE overcomes challenges that have hindered adoption of energy efficiency and related projects in our nation’s buildings. It does this by eliminating up-front costs, and by providing low-cost, long-term financing.

Cutting Operational Costs & Improving Margins

Commercial solar lowers costs. Between tax credits, utility rebates, grants and accelerated depreciation, your commercial solar system will usually pay for itself in 5-10 years. Since the equipment will last for 30 years or more, your business will have more than 20 years of free electricity!

PACE Financing

Apply for a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan to fund eligible energy savings projects for your business. This includes solar energy. Approved projects receive 100% financing at competitive rates.  The PACE loan is repaid as a property tax assessment over 10 years.

PACE overcomes the challenges that have hindered adoption of energy improvement projects in our nation’s buildings. It does this by eliminating up-front costs, and by providing low-cost, long-term financing.

Farm & Commercial Stories

Roger and Susan of Squash Blossom Farm were Solar Connection’s first customers. Despite having no agricultural experience between the two of them, Roger and Susan decided to not just buy a farm—their dream of 25 years—but to transition it to permaculture.

They considered leveraging wind power because of their location on a hill, but solar won in the end because of its low maintenance and the convenience of their barn’s south-facing roof.

“It is an integral part of the story of our farm because we’re trying to be a permaculture farm, and a key part of that is resource conservation. I think solar is probably the biggest impact we’ve had thus far.”

Denny Hamm has farmed in Chatfield, MN his whole life and was the first in his area to install solar panels after adding on to the farm’s structures in 2012.

“It’s nice to have a piece of equipment that never shuts down. It just starts itself up each morning. Most people don’t even know the panels are here unless they see an article in the paper or hear me talking about it. So it’s not like a windmill, which some people think are an eyesore.”

Farm & Commercial Highlights

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