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Financial Realities Of Renewable Energy For Toursim Businesses

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Financial Realities Of Renewable Energy For Toursim Businesses

  1. 1. Proven Solar Performance Financial Realities of Renewable Energy for Sustainable Tourism Joanna Malcolm joanna@flsenergy.com www.flsenergy.com
  2. 2. The Solar Age Has Dawned 2
  3. 3. Solar Light Levels Solar PV Market 3
  4. 4. National Renewable Portfolio Standards State RPS Solar water heating eligible 4
  5. 5. Market Opportunity Hotels Restaurants Military Bases Dormitories Hospitals Laundries Health Clubs Fire stations Car Washes Data Sources: US Energy information Administration & NC Utilities Commission; graph generated by FLS Energy. 5
  6. 6. Benefits of Solar Energy Reduction in Utility Bills Cost-effective investment - 3 - 10 year ROI - 25+ year system life Tax incentives - 30% federal tax credit; 35% NC - Accelerated depreciation Earn LEED Points - As many as 5 points Marketing Opportunities The Market Place Restaurant, Asheville, NC Environmental Benefits - Reduces fossil fuel consumption - Emits no pollution Improved energy security 6
  7. 7. Solar Energy Options for Attractions & Accommodations Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, NC Natural Science Center of Greensboro, NC Solar Thermal Photovoltaic (Hot Water) (Electric “PV”) 7
  8. 8. How Solar Thermal Works 8
  9. 9. Solar Thermal Flat Plate Collectors 9
  10. 10. Solar Hot Water System Costs Avg. Cost: $90K - $450K, 1000 gallon – 5000 gallon Federal Grant Program: 30% of project. No more than 50% of your total tax liability. Can take over 5 years. NC State Tax Incentives: 35% of project. No more than 50% of your total tax liability. Must be taken in 20% increments over 5 years. Accelerated Depreciation: Total apx. 25% of system cost, over 5 years www.dsireusa.org 10
  11. 11. Return on Investment: 100 panel, 5000 gallon Solar Energy System Cash Flow 800,000 600,000 400,000 200,000 Dollars Annual Cash Flow 0 Cumlative 200,000 400,000 600,000 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Year 11
  12. 12. Guilford College, Shore Hall, 600 Gallons 250 200 Therms of Natural Gas 150 Before SDHW 2004 - 2006 100 After SDHW 2007 - 2008 50 0 12
  13. 13. Purchase Model Tax Credits Client Solar Company RECs 13
  14. 14. Solar Energy Purchase Agreement (SEPA) Tax Credits Client Solar Company RECs 14
  15. 15. Solar Energy Purchase Agreement (SEPA) Tax Credits Client FLS Energy Advantages Low upfront cost Minimal Risk RECs Maintenance Low, predictable energy cost 15
  16. 16. Lock in Low, Predictable Solar Energy Prices Savings of Solar vs Natural Gas Based on Given Amount of Hot Water $16,000 $14,000 $12,000 Annul Cost ($) $10,000 $8,000 natural gas (@ 5% annual increase) natural gas (@ 3% annual increase) $6,000 solar $4,000 $2,000 $- 1 6 11 16 Year 16
  17. 17. Proximity Hotel Greensboro, NC LEED Platinum Certified 17
  18. 18. Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC 1st for Hilton Brand 18
  19. 19. Courtyard Marriott Downtown Greenville, SC Largest solar thermal system in SC 19
  20. 20. How Solar PV Works What is a kWh? Watts * time = kWh 100 watt CFL * 10 hours = 1kWh 20
  21. 21. PV System Costs Avg. Cost: $50K - $1.25M, 10 kW system – 250 kW system Federal Grant Program: 30% of project. No more than 50% of your total tax liability. Can take over 5 years. NC State Tax Incentives: 35% of project. No more than 50% of your total tax liability. Must be taken in 20% increments over 5 years. Accelerated Depreciation: Total apx. 20-25% of system cost, over several years Progress Territory customers: Tie-in to grid and receive $0.18 per kWh Deducion in Deduction in bill or check for overage. 21
  22. 22. PV System Financing State and Federal Incentives Power Purchase Agreements: PPAs - Through private companies - Utility Companies Site Lease Agreements – 3rd party financing 22
  23. 23. Renewable Energy Certificates RECs RECs are : the environmental attributes of clean energy. the premium value of renewable energy beyond the market value of conventional fuels such as coal and nuclear. desired by utility companies. added value. 23
  24. 24. Committed to Making Solar Mainstream “Proximity’s solar energy system serves as a business- minded, tangible expression of the company’s commitment to the community and the environment. It attracts a clientele that values this commitment.” Dennis Quaintance, Developer Proximity Hotel, 2008 24
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  26. 26. Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come -- Victor Hugo Want more information about renewable energy for your attraction or accommodation? Joanna Malcolm FLS Energy, Inc. www.eere.energy.gov joanna@flsenergy.com www.dsireusa.org 828-350-3993 www.flsenergy.com 26

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