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Nevada County businesses invest in solar

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Byers Solar is seeing a strong trend toward businesses choosing solar as a way to conserve energy and reduce operating costs.

"Once a business takes a look at what savings can be realized each month, it is easy to make the decision to go solar — the numbers tell the story," said Ray Byers Jr.

Grass Valley hotels Courtyard Suites and Sierra Mountain Inn have both recently turned to solar installations through Byers Solar.

Hotels have all the costs of operating a home, but multiplied many times over. Refrigerators, laundry, heating and air conditioning create considerable utility bills, translating to considerable savings when choosing solar.

GCS Environmental Equipment Company in Woodland is in the full sun most of the year.

"We have cut our energy bill down to almost nothing, which translates into several thousand dollars saved each year," said Jim Buchmiller, GCS, CFO.

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Taking an industrial facility to solar impacts utility bills as they are active during the times that rates are highest according to "Time of Use" billing which can charge more for energy in peak usage times — which coincides with peak manufacturing and industry demands.

Professional offices also can save more on energy than a home. Nevada City dentist, Dr. Justin Pfaffinger, went solar in 2016 with his commercial building off of South Pine Street.

"We have since cut our energy bill in half for the dental practice, which is really significant because of all the equipment we run," Pfaffinger said. "Our office solar system is projected to pay for itself in only five and a half years! 2017 is looking good already, with our solar energy generated in the month of May exceeding our total monthly energy demand.

"We are always looking for the best technology for our patients and are excited to be part of the green movement, reducing our carbon footprint. We look forward to the sun power of the summer — our highest seasonal energy demand time," said Pfaffinger, a commercial property owner and dentist in group practice, Creasey & Pfaffinger General Dentistry.

Sierra Mountain Inn Owner Cira Scrimager said her business is seeing benefits after just a few months.

"We want to communicate our green values to our clients," Scrimager said. "It's also really nice to know that by doing the right thing, we are also saving money."

Learn more about solar and get the free download, "8 Reasons to Go Solar in 2017" by visiting ByersSolar.com.

Source: Submitted by Byers Solar.

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