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Thinking of Adding Rooftop Solar? Here’s What Distributors Should Know

Examine the potential rooftop solar has for distributors' ROI, and review a case study of a small distributor getting results from recent installations.
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For distributors, any capital project has to follow through with its return on investment, and some have found adding rooftop solar to their facilities is a worthy pursuit.

The warehouses and distribution centers these companies operate are naturally ideal candidates for solar installations. They’re typically big, boxy, flat, open and unobstructed from sunlight.

Environmental advocacy organization Environment America calculated that, as of 2022, the U.S. has more than 450,000 medium and large warehouses that cover over 16 billion square feet of space, and those figures are rapidly expanding. That represents immense potential for solar power — the fastest-growing source of renewable energy source in the U.S.

According to a 2023 study by Environment America, U.S. warehouses could produce, on average, 176% of their annual electricity use by fully building out their rooftop with solar. The group adds that such installations reduce energy loss that happens during electricity transmission and distribution — losses that totaled 5.2% of gross electricity generation in 2020.

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