Rooftop Revenue: Making Underutilized Space Profitable Through Energy Harvesting

By: Marci DeVries, Soleil Solar

Release Date: August 2010

Energy harvesting has only recently become financially viable for commercial property owners due to new tax incentives and lower cost of materials. Investors outside of real estate are interested in investing their funds into energy harvesting opportunities, and the most efficient plane for reduced-impact installation is on large-span rooftops such as warehouses, commercial office complexes and mixed-use properties. This paper examines ownership models, installation considerations, maintenance issues, effects of these devices on roof integrity, reliability of power generation and expected financial returns. The white paper provides a balanced, non-biased report to help owners/developers make a decision about which devices to install on their properties, and generally whether or not to pursue energy harvesting on their properties at all.