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How Going Solar Can Help You Achieve a LEED-Certified Facility

As commercial and industrial property owners, the quest for energy efficiency and sustainability is an ongoing journey. LEED certification is one of the most recognized ways to demonstrate your commitment to these principles. This certification, provided by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. But how can going solar help you achieve this goal, and what are the benefits of LEED certification? Let's delve into it.

What Is LEED Certification?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a globally recognized green building rating system. It provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.

The LEED Rating System and Categories

The LEED rating system evaluates buildings based on several categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design. Each category has specific prerequisites and credits that a project can earn toward its LEED certification. Points are awarded based on meeting these prerequisites and earning credits, leading to one of four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Benefits of LEED Certification

Achieving LEED certification offers numerous benefits:

  • Cost Savings: LEED-certified buildings are designed to save water, energy, and other resources, which can significantly reduce operating costs over time.

  • Marketability: As sustainability becomes a more significant factor in consumers' decisions, having a LEED-certified facility can give your business a competitive edge.

  • Healthier Environments: LEED buildings are designed to have better air quality and access to daylight, promoting a healthier environment for occupants.

  • Greater resale value and quicker lease-up rates: LEED buildings have been shown to have higher resale value and can attract tenants faster due to their sustainable features.

  • Reduced waste: LEED buildings incorporate sustainable practices, such as recycling and waste reduction, helping to minimize environmental impact.

The Role of Onsite Solar in Obtaining LEED Certification

Solar power plays a significant role in achieving LEED certification. Here's how:

  • Optimized Energy Use: One of the key categories in LEED is "Energy & Atmosphere," which focuses on improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Your facility can earn significant points in this category by installing a solar power system.

  • Renewable Energy Production: LEED awards additional points for renewable energy production. A solar photovoltaic (PV) system directly contributes to this, as it generates clean, renewable energy onsite.

  • Reduced Environmental Impact: Solar PV systems produce zero emissions, helping to reduce your facility’s carbon footprint and contribute to the "Sustainable Sites" category.

In conclusion, investing in solar energy reduces your energy costs, increases your sustainability efforts, and brings you closer to achieving a LEED-certified facility. When planning for a new facility or considering upgrades to an existing one, incorporating solar power is an essential step toward sustainability, earning LEED certification, and enjoying all of the benefits that come with it.

Commercial and Industrial Solar Services in Arizona

At Commercial Solar Arizona, we offer turn-key solar solutions customized to your needs, helping you make the transition to solar as seamless as possible. From solar carports to shade structures to garage canopies, we have the expertise to design and install a solar PV system that meets your specific energy needs while helping you achieve LEED certification. We believe that investing in solar is not only an investment in your business but also in the future of our planet. Let's work together toward a brighter future.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your sustainability goals.