VENICE, FL-SEPT. 20, 2012-The sun continues to shine on Blue Sky Solar Group. Based in Venice, FL. Blue Sky Solar has just recently completed a 2 million watt (2MW) ground mounted installation on the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk VA.
Blue Sky teamed with Bay Electric Company to complete the work started this past spring. The system consists of over 8000 solar panels and will power a significant portion of the base housing. Blue Sky has also recently secured another contract with the Navy to inspect and maintain their solar facilities in Corpus Christi, TX., Patuxent, MD., and at Anacostia in the District of Columbia.
The Blue Sky team has been active in Maryland and Pennsylvania as well. Just this past summer, they completed a 400,000 watt system in Worton, MD., and a 130,000 watt system on a convent in Elkton, MD.
David Schroeders, the President and Founder of Blue Sky Solar Group, started the company 5 years ago. His office building in Venice had the largest solar array in the FPL territory until he beat his own record by installing a larger system in Naples. These systems and others were installed under the old state rebate program signed into law by Governor Bush. Once the funds from these programs where exhausted, David concentrated on out of state work where the incentives where more generous.
“In the last 6 months, solar module and balance of system costs have come down dramatically. We no longer need rebates to make the financials work”, explains David. “The lower costs paired with our manufacturers financing program, have made Florida commercial systems very attractive. In FPL territory our clients can achieve a 3 year payback and a +20% return. Due to higher electrical rates in Progress Energy and Piece River Cooperative territories, clients can achieve a 2 year payback and a 28% return.”
Blue Sky also has a solar carport option if roof space is limited or shading is an issue. The company has installed several million dollars worth of solar carports for apartment complex developers, shopping centers, storage facilities and manufacturers.
One of the biggest advantages of solar is that it is scalable. “Depending on our clients budget, roof space, or electrical needs, we can design the perfect system for them.” says David “Whether their bill is $300 per month or $30,000, the payback and returns are the same.”