The Bliss Solar executive team has long standing experience in energy efficiency and sustainability consulting, finance, and software solutions. The company mission is to apply the practical application of the ever-evolving technologies that reduce energy and help customers acquire a cleaner carbon profile. We implement our proven methodology on every project, which includes a deep analysis of building energy consumption over time and mapping high demand usage behaviors with our unique software tools to provide a comprehensive profile of the client. With this dynamic energy model, we can then strategize solutions with the objective of reaching a low carbon footprint. This is a highly collaborative process involving our team, partners and clients.
When a system is purchased outright by a property owner with no outside tax equity investors the Solar ITC (Investment Tax Credit) and accelerated depreciation of the PV system all go to property owner. Moreover, Building owners have the option to purchase the PV system with their own funds and the Bliss Solar team will design, build, and commission the system. This option will provide the fastest Payback and best Return on Investment compared to any other option.
In addition, property owners also have the option to finance the system via the Bliss Solar network of PV specific lenders. The project finance will be a mix of investment from property owner and debt financing from the PV lender. Equally important is the interest rates are subject to lender’s underwriting analysis.
Operating Lease - Long Term
An operating lease for project finance is most advantageous in the case where property ownership cannot or desires not to take the available tax benefits. Therefore, the system is owned by a PV Finance company during the term of the lease. The lease agreement between the finance party and the property owner and is structured for a term of (7) years or in some cases up to 10 years. In light of this the PV system ownership is flipped back to the property owner who will from that point own the system outright. By the same token during the lease period the financing party will also provide maintenance and manage operations of the PV system. Bliss Solar and its team will design, build and commission the system and will be paid by the finance party.
The benefits of the lease are numerous. The main advantage being that the tax benefit is still utilized for the project so that the total project cost is reduced overall and paid for via lease payments. Coupled with this another benefit is the shorter duration of outside ownership of the system. As soon as the tax benefits are utilized in full and the lease term is up, the property owner takes back ownership of this energy production system that is highly durable and lower maintenance.
The benefit of fixed payments are generally modeled to be lower than their historical monthly cost of the electricity paid to the power company. Lower electric costs with no volatility, ownership in the near future, and utilization of tax benefits to lower overall cost of the system to the property owner are key benefits the Lease structure offers.
3rd Party Ownership (PPA) | (ESA)
The PPA is a solution for a property owner or tenant in a long term lease (minimum 20 years) looking to reduce their energy costs specifically their electric rate ($/kWh) over the long term but would prefer ownership, operations, and maintenance to be handled by an outside party. The PPA finance company and developer team have expertise in the turnkey process of building and commissioning the system and will manage the long-term maintenance and performance of the asset for the duration of the PPA agreement.
In this model the PPA agreement clearly outlines and specifies the electric rate that the property owner or tenant will pay over the 20-year agreement. This will encompass the discounted rate that may have a slight escalation and with a 20-year perspective will provide vast savings in avoided electric costs over the long term due to the PPA. Also, it will include the maintenance and operational terms that the PPA provider is bound to ensure performance and system integrity to the PPA client.
The benefits of this PV system financial model for a property owner or tenant in a long-term lease not interested in PV equipment ownership are many. This is an excellent solution to hedge against rising electric costs with a competitive annual market rate that provides a significant discount and protects against volatility in the energy industry affected by macro-economic factors. Another major benefit is that this product offering is designed to provide a worry free and hands-off model to the property owner and client so they can focus on their own business and operations. The long term extent of this type of agreement falls right in line with the outstanding life cycle of the major equipment of the solar PV system allowing for 20 year savings in parallel with consistent performance.
Community Solar - Roof Lease or Land Lease
Community solar is a wonderful achievement of the solar industry, power companies, and energy policy officials that allows for large PV plants to power the grid and in effect provide virtual clean energy to homeowners and ratepayers.
Building owners with a large rooftop of a minimum of 30,000 sq. feet of usable space or land owners with at least 1 acres of open land in NY, NJ, CT, MA, CA can monetize this unused space over the long term by entering into a land or roof lease agreement that will make annual or possibly monthly payments for the development of our PV System on the property and usage of the site over a 20 year period.
Bliss Solar will provide a quick assessment of the rooftop or Land site and provide an estimate on lease to be paid for that property. Once this is accepted, we will begin all necessary design and permitting tasks for project to ensure of its viability.
Federal ITC: This is a federal Tax Credit for a business which has invested in and owns the solar system. The Tax Credit as of 2020 is 26% of the total system cost that can be utilized. This can be taken in whole over (1) year or spread out over multiple years. Tax Depreciation: The IRS allows for depreciation of a solar PV system within the tax code of equipment depreciation.
New York State: Each state is unique in their offering of incentives for commercial solar. Some states provide an upfront cash rebate based on the system capacity size i.e. New York – NY Sun program. Let us know which state your commercial property resides so we can assist you in calculating your incentives. Alternatively you can visit the DSIRE website to target your particular state’s incentive.
Massachusetts (SMART Program). Let us know which state your commercial property resides so we can assist you in calculating your incentives.
Our Commercial Financing Partners
Each project involves a detailed site analysis, a comprehensive design completed by our engineers to maximize system performance and compliance, and internal review by all of our in-house experts to confirm project viability. We utilize various software to cross reference each specification.
Our team focuses on collecting data from bills and equipment that help us shape your carbon profile accurately. Using this profile we compare with other facilities of similar size and user type to forecast areas where solar energy could be utilized to effectively reduce energy costs.
We continue our consultative approach in the financing stages of the project and excel in providing multiple revenue forecast scenarios, various debt/equity mix options, and system ownership options that are customized to each client’s tax liability and interest in the project.