Commercial jobs are a part of what we do here at Baseline Solar. Our experienced team of designers, engineers, and installers have installed numerous solar arrays on office buildings, breweries, farm properties, and factories over the years.
Alongside great partners like Bell Electric, Baseline is ready to design, install, and service commercial solar projects across Southwest and Central Virginia.
Commercial entities may have the opportunity to take advantage of USDA grants, depreciation, and Federal tax credits that make commercial solar arrays an excellent investment for companies both large and small.
Commercial projects may be eligible for the following incentives:
- 25% USDA REAP grant (eligibility requirements apply)
Virginia Tech Perry Street Garage
102 kW system
The Virginia Tech Perry Street parking garage received a 102 kW solar carport. 436 US made Sharp panels cover both access ramps on the top deck providing power for the garage and shade for parked cars. Over the course of a year, the panels will produce over 135,000 kWh's of clean electricity, enough to power almost 13 homes. They will also offset the burning of more than 5 tons of coal each month. This is the first major solar project to be completed on the Virgina Tech campus.
Baseline Solar partnered with Altenergy Inc. of Charlottesville and Bell Electric Inc. of Blacksburg to complete the project. Federal funding and project management came through Siemens. One of the biggest challenges this installation presented was rooftop equipment access. The height and weight limits of the existing structure precluded the use of all but the smallest construction equipment. Even without the use of an overhead crane, we were able to complete the project on time.
The panels are mounted at a 35 degree tilt (optimal for our region) on custom steel framework. The grid of steel supports allows otherwise wasted space to become a clean source of energy for the garage. One central inverter transforms the DC power from the panels into AC power that can be used by the garage or sent back onto the grid. With minimal maintenance required, the system should produce electricity for the next 25+ years. We're proud to have integrated one of the largest PV projects in Southwest Virginia.
Eastern Divide Brewery
81 kW system
Eastern Divide Brewery, located in Blacksburg’s industrial park, is the area’s premier brewery and event venue for corporate retreats, weddings, and networking opportunities for the town.
The brewery’s solar installation was completed in two phases, now boasting an array over 80kW in size. 225 panels were roof-mounted to the west slope of the building’s metal roof.
Baseline Solar also installed a detailed and comprehensive consumption monitoring system for the brewery so that they can monitor their electrical usage circuit-by-circuit. The solar array helps offset the manufacturing facilities and day-to-day operations at Eastern Divide Brewery.
42 kW system
Student housing and apartment complexes make up a huge percentage of Blacksburg’s housing infrastructure. In 2019, developers reached out to Baseline Solar about adding net-metered solar to two buildings they were completing off of Giles Road in Blacksburg.
Baseline installed a 42kW roof-mounted array in 2019, utilizing 110 solar panels. This net metered array helps to offset energy consumption for the building, both in shared spaces as well as each individual tenant’s residences. By doing so, tenants have a way to consciously reduce their environmental impact while living near downtown Blacksburg and campus amenities. During a planned expansion, we will install a larger array on the adjacent building after necessary planning and development goals are met. This project is projected to be completed in 2020.
30 kW system
It’s always exciting to add more solar capacity here in the New River Valley! The Brandon Ridge project added net-metered solar to two office buildings in Christiansburg, acting as a visible example of solar in the community.
Mr. Bob Poff, a local entrepreneur, added two arrays to his office buildings in downtown Christiansburg, creating 30kW of solar capacity across two roofs. Alongside Mr. Poff’s investment, a successful USDA REAP grant contributed a 25% reimbursement of the project cost.
With 100 panels installed, we know that these two arrays will help offset these building’s electrical use for decades to come!