top of page
  • Facebook
Island Community Solar Co-op Logo
A grid of solar panels on a roof

Solar Power For Businesses and Other Organizations

With costs increasing across the board, switching to solar power through ICSC ensures you’ll always pay less than the current BC Hydro rate.

Protect From Rising Costs

Chances are you've thought about how your business can limit its environmental impact. Choosing solar power allows you to show clients and customers how invested you are in your community.

Align With Your Business Values

Reports show that solar panels systems can increase the value of commercial properties and can be an attractive feature when selling.

Increase Property Value

Why Choose Solar for Your Business

A woman stands in front of a large solar panel

How It Works

When you contact Island Solar, we start with a free assessment of your property to see if it suitable for a solar panel system. Some of the things we look at are how much sunlight your property gets, the age and condition of the building(s), and the overall size and shape of the roof or roofs. Once we are confident that a solar power would be the right fit for your organization, we create a quote for a renewable lease.

Each lease is a 20-year term with a variable interest rate and is guaranteed to be less expensive than BC Hydro’s rates. At the end of the lease, you will be able to buy out the system for $1. If you would like to end the lease before the twenty-year mark, you may do so with adequate notice and payment of early termination fees as outlined in the lease agreement and we will remove the solar PV system from your building(s).

  • How can do I sign up for a free property assessment?
    Applying for a free assessment is easy. Fill out the Prospect Project Inquiry Form below and we will contact you to discuss your project in more detail and arrange a site visit. Click below to download the prospect project inquiry form. Email your completed form to info@islandsolarcoop.ca or mail to Island Community Solar Co-op, 353 Seventh Street, Nanaimo BC, V9R 1E3.
  • Who maintains the system after installation?
    ICSC maintains the solar PV system until completion of the lease. This includes routine cleaning or snow removal if required, as well as replacement of any equipment that fails during the lease period. In addition, ICSC monitors the solar PV system output to ensure it is delivering as much electricity as possible at all times.
  • What types of businesses are best for solar?
    Our clients are aligned with the ICSC mission and vision and want to go solar. They are typically long-term BC Hydro residential or small general service business customers that stay in one place and consume in excess of 33,000 kWh of electricity per year. They also have the regular cash flow required to pay their electricity bill in full but don’t have the significant savings set aside to cover the upfront cost of a large solar PV system. Our client outreach includes rural communities, First Nations and businesses/organizations that serve these communities. If this describes you or your business/organization, please contact us; we would love to explore if our solar leasing program would work for you!
  • Is my building suitable for a solar panel system?
    Some of the key factors required for a successful solar panel system include southern roof exposure with no or low shading, long remaining roof lifetime and long remaining building life (solar PV systems typically last for more than 20 years). We will do a free site visit to assess your location to ensure you meet the requirements for a solar PV system.
  • Does each home on a Bulk Buy list need an assessment?
    All interested homeowners will need their home to be assessed to ensure it is a suitable candidate for a solar panel system.
  • Does Vancouver Island get enough sun for solar?
    Surprisingly to some, Vancouver Island is a great choice for solar panel systems. Most of the Island receives enough sunlight to make solar energy a viable and environmentally-conscious choice. Solar technology is also continuously improving, meaning more effective systems and less sunlight needed.
  • Who installs the solar panels?
    We’ve partnered with Viridian Energy Co-operative for the purchase and installation of all solar panel systems. Viridian has been providing consulting and installation services for solar power systems across Vancouver Island since 2012.
  • What are the benefits of solar systems for homeowners?
    Switching to solar energy comes with many benefits, but here are some of the top reasons homeowners make the switch: Protection against rising energy costs Lessening the household’s environmental impact Ability to shift away from relying on energy imported from BC’s mainland Availability of grants to reimburse system costs
  • Will the system need to be cleared in the event of snow?
    In the event of sustained periods of heavy snow, it will be important to ensure your panels are clear and able to receive sunlight.
  • Will solar panels affect the value of my home?
    In most cases, solar panels will increase the value of your home. Many buyers see a solar panel PV system as an added benefit or upgrade to the home.
  • How do I start a Bulk Buy list and how can my friends/family/neighbours join?
    To start a Bulk Buy list, get in touch with us using this form or send an email to info@islandsolarcoop.ca. If you or any of your project partners have questions, please reach out to us at any time.
  • What happens if there's a problem with the system?
    Our partners at Viridian Energy Co-operative, through which panels will be purchased and installed, will provide you with a warranty. For more information about warranty coverage, contact Viridian directly.
  • Is my home suitable for a solar panel system?
    There are many factors to consider when installing a solar panel system, but the starting steps are to look at the location of the home and the age of the roof. Solar panels need to be on a roof that is free of nearby obstacles like trees or other buildings that may cause shade. It is also necessary that the roof has southern exposure to ensure it will receive enough sunlight. As solar panel systems have a long lifespan (25-30 years), ICSC requires the home that the solar PV system is mounted on to last as long, or longer, than the life of the system.

Ready to Get Started with Solar?

If you're ready to schedule a free property assessment and quote, or have questions about the process, use the form to get in touch.

bottom of page