Solar at Aikido of Maine Fitness Gym - Portland, Maine

The owner of Aikido of Maine on the roof of his dojo, which sports an 8kW solar electric system. Read the story.

Fitness and health facilities can be energy hungry, but that doesn’t mean they need to be expensive to operate or bad for the environment. Solar technology has both improved in performance and dropped in price, meaning you can power a modern state-of-the-art facility using solar energy.

Going solar is not only great for the environment, but it’s great for business. It’s a way to show your customers that you are not just interested in their health, but also in the health of the planet.

Solar Options for Gyms, Fitness, and Health Facilities

Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology produces electricity for a business. It allows a business to generate clean electricity on its rooftop (or land) at a very predictable cost-per-kilowatt-hour – generally less than 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, locked in for 25+ years.

When the sun is out, the panels make power.  When the sun goes down, the business consumes electricity from the grid.  Grid consumption versus production is reconciled monthly and credits carry forward up to a year.

Solar hot water (SHW) technology, rather than converting solar energy into electricity, captures the thermal energy in the sun and transfers it to a building’s domestic hot water supply. As fitness facilities tend to have strong, year-round domestic hot water needs, they are an excellent fit for these types of systems.

Solar hot water offers:

  • Up to 80% of year-round hot water needs for a facility.
  • Integrates with any existing water heating solution: oil, electric, propane, or natural gas.
  • A guaranteed ROI for building owners,sometimes in as little as 3-5 years to ‘simple payback’

Heating with Air Source Heat Pumps

Reduce your business’s operational costs by switching to efficient, all-electric air source heat pumps to heat and cool your business.

Air source heat pumps used advanced technology to heat and cool using electricity 2-3x more efficiently than standard ‘resistive’ electric heat. By pairing air source heat pumps with solar, you can lock in a rate for heating the equivalent of under $1/gallon for oil!

Cost of Common Forms of Heating, Compared

Based on relative efficient of various heating appliances, at average 2016 prices. Efficiency of your appliance and prices may vary.

Fuel Source Cost per Unit Cost per Million BTUs Cost to Heat Typical Home
Resistive Electric Powered by Grid $0.14 / kWh $44 $4,489
Heating Oil (2010 prices) $3.70 / gallon $41 $3,938
Heating Oil (2015 prices) $2.70 / gallon $30 $2,790
Propane $2.50 / gallon $35 $3,404
Natural Gas $2.00 / therm $26 $2,587
Resistive Electric Powered by Solar $0.09 / kWh $26 $2,418
Heat Pump Powered by Grid $0.14 / kWh $18 $1,706
Heat Pump Powered by Solar $0.09 / kWh $11 $1,023

Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric vehicle charging station installed at Eastman's Corner Farm Stand in Kensington, NH

Electric vehicle charging station installed at Eastman’s Corner Farm Stand in Kensington, NH. ReVision’s in-house graphics team worked on the wrap as a complementary co-branding effort to thank Eastman’s Corner for their strong efforts to be environmentally responsible.

Electric vehicle sales are rising and one way businesses can distinguish themselves among competitors is to offer electric vehicle charging stations, which are still somewhat uncommon in the Northeast, which has lagged behind Western and Mid-Atlantic states in the adoption of electric vehicles.

Businesses that invest in electric vehicle charging not only garner more customers, but they tend to garner great press. Much like solar, investments in electric vehicle charging are a way to show conscientious consumers that your business is committed towards the transition to a clean energy economy.

Available Incentives

There are a variety of federal, state, and local incentives depending on your type of business and geographic location.

  • Federal 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
  • 5-year MACRS depreciation.
  • State rebates, which vary.
  • REAP Grants (for certain qualifying businesses).
  • REC revenues available in some areas.

Partnering with ReVision Energy

We are a full service design, engineering, and installation company with an unmatched depth of experience in Northern New England.  Our company has been ranked #25 in the country in rooftop solar installers and our work has been featured in industry magazines such as Solar Pro, Renewable Energy World, Home Power, and Photon.  With over 4,500 successful installations across the region, we have refined our design and installation practices such that our renewable energy systems are as dependable (or moreso) than the conventional systems they replace.  We install and service mature technologies that are ready to suffer through 35+ years of harsh New England winters.

revision energy professional solar installersWe streamline system installation, and eliminate the confusion and difficulty of working with multiple subcontractors, by using our own highly trained team of professional solar technicians on every project.  In addition to NABCEP certification (the industry’s highest level of traning and accreditation), our technicians carry state solar installer certification. ReVision Energy’s project supervisors also hold master electrician and master plumber licenses to ensure that every completed system is code-compliant and qualifies for government financial incentives.

Due to the volume of solar we install, and thanks to relationships such as our part in the AMICUS solar cooperative, we have long-term purchasing relationships with manufacturers of high quality system components. This enables us to source the very best components at a significant discount and pass the savings on to you, keeping our prices competitive without compromising in component selection.

ReVision Energy backs every system with a promise to deliver exceptional customer service. Our technicians perform regularly scheduled preventative maintenance to ensure your system is operating at peak performance over the long haul. In addition, should you need assistance any time, day or night, our technicians are on call for you.