COMMERCIAL SOLAR FOR ARCHITECTS AND BUILDERS
For Architects and Builders
YOU DO WHAT YOU DO BEST. LEAVE THE SOLAR TO US.
you’re an architect or builder trying to meet code requirements or customer demand for solar, working with a professional, experienced company that specializes in solar installation can save you time, effort, and money.
The 2012 Seattle Energy Code (Secs. C410.1 and C410.2) stipulates that all commercial buildings and additions must have a solar energy system installed, and/or must feature a solar-ready roof. (Specific requirements depend on square footage and number of stories. For more information, see our Code Requirements page. Also, Seattle.gov offers an full explanation of this code in Tip 422, Renewable Energy and Solar-Ready Roofs for Commercial Buildings.)
This requirement can add a layer of complexity and responsibility to your work—but it can also be an opportunity, adding tremendous value to your project. Solar is so effective, and undergoing such a “boom,” that many of your customers may want it—required or not.
Solar is better for the environment, can save building owners money in utility bills, earn them money in production incentives and tax credits, and offer backup power that’s a dramatic improvement over diesel generator systems.
We make doing the right thing easy!
SAVE TIME AND GET IT DONE RIGHT: CHOOSE AN EXPERT PARTNER
You don’t have to become an expert in solar installation to ensure high-quality, beautiful, custom solar design and installation for your projects. You just need to establish a relationship with a highly experienced electrical contractor you trust.
Artisan will make your projects solar-compliant (and beyond, if desired)—easily and affordably, from start to finish. We’ll help you understand your options, choose the right system for your project, design it, AND install it—with impeccable standards that parallel your own.
With our dedicated team of certified journeymen electricians and experienced commercial designers, we’ll ensure that the work performs as well and lasts as long as everything else you build—and is a beautiful complement to your own designs.
That’s why so many architects and builders choose Artisan.
MORE EFFICIENT, MORE AESTHETIC: INTEGRATING SOLAR FROM THE START
It’s a good idea to get a solar specialist involved sooner than later. There are aspects of solar electrical installation that are highly specialized, and mistakes can be costly down the road.
When you get Artisan Electric involved early in the design process, we ensure that:
- The planned infrastructure is adequate and well-thought-out for a future system
- The PV equipment used for installed systems meets code and is the most appropriate for the site
- Installations are optimized for safety and to produce the most power over the life of the system
- The builder is not paying too much for an inadequately sized “token” system
Common mistakes we see include conduit in the wrong spot, the wrong size, or of the wrong type of material; insufficient space in the electrical room or space in the wrong area; roofs not designed for added weight of solar; and panels not optimally installed for sun access and efficiency.
Artisan helps designers and builders with this type of planning. We also ensure that the equipment is most appropriate for the site. There are literally hundreds of solar panels, inverters, racking systems and electrical equipment components to choose from, and only an expert can help you determine the best value for the best performance and warranty.
Learn more about choosing a commercial solar contractor in this special email series we created for our community!