Tax Depreciation

The printed IRS tax manual is literally more than 73,000 pages.  IRS agents and their teams can’t even keep up with tax changes let alone the volumes of code.  That’s why CPAs are [...]

Section 179D

Do you own or plan to build or remodel 50,000 or more square feet of real estate? Are you looking for additional tax deductions? If so, you could likely benefit from energy efficiency deductions [...]

Grid (un)reliability

US utilities have traditionally been known for high reliability, but all that is changing.  Fast. With power lines causing some of the biggest fires in US history, utilities are learning to cope [...]

Solar Lease vs PPA

What’s the difference between a solar lease and a solar PPA? In short.  Not much.  These days it’s mostly just the name, but here’s the skinny. Solar PPA: In a Power purchase [...]

Urban Wind Making a Comeback?

About 2 years ago, I got a call from a local homeowner asking if we could help troubleshoot why his turbine was not generating electricity.  I said we typically work on commercial only, but he [...]

Managing Energy Costs in Grocery Stores

Energy costs can account for up to 15 percent of a grocery store’s operating budget.  The US average was roughly $4/SF in 2015.  For example, a 40,000 square foot store might spend $160,000 a [...]

Making a better battery – CBS News

Commercial buildings use more electricity than any other building type in the US.  Roughly 65% according to DOE statistics.  But, the problem is WHEN they use energy – daytime and early [...]

Simple Spring Tune-ups

At the start of the new year, many of us set resolutions for things we would like to improve.  For some, trimming our waist is a recurring item on our list.  How do we do that for our buildings? [...]