MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – Dr. Morgan and Associates in Mechanicsville, MD is among the first medical offices in southern Maryland to install solar panels. The solar power generation system comprises 200, 315-watt solar panels for a total size of 63 kilowatts (kW). The system was installed by local solar installer, Energy Select of Leonardtown, MD.
According to Energy Select’s Chris Horstkamp, “The computer simulation models for this ground-mounted solar power system predict 80,225 kilowatt hours (kWh) of annual power.”
To put that in perspective, a typical home with a $200 per month electric bill will consume about 18,500 kWh, making this one of the largest solar installations in St. Mary’s County.
“It’s always great to be able to save money and save the planet,” explains owner, Dr. Luke Morgan, DDS. “As one of the largest dental offices in southern Maryland, we have always practiced safety and conservation with our resources. Now we are able to expand upon that and fully power our practice with zero-emission solar energy.”
The investment for the dental practice represents a growing trend across the country, all of Maryland, and locally here in southern Maryland. “Commercial solar installations represent our largest growth area,” according to Horstkamp who directs the sales efforts for Energy Select.
That makes a lot of sense. While it is widely known that there are generous incentives for residential solar projects, the little-known secret in the solar industry is that the commercial incentives are even better.
While both the residential and commercial solar power systems qualify for a 26% federal tax credit, commercial solar projects qualify for Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS). This allows businesses to accelerate the depreciation schedule to get tax benefits faster.
The Maryland Energy Administration also helps. While every qualifying project gets a $1,000 rebate, commercial projects can get more based on the system’s size. For example an 8 kW commercial solar system would get $1,000, but a 16kW commercial solar system would get $2,200 in rebates from the state.
Commercial projects also receive the same solar incentives as residential projects, such as Solar Renewable Energy Credits, Maryland net metering, and a much-reduced electric bill.
The project is visible from the parking lot of the dental offices at 28095 Three Notch Rd, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.
About Dr. Morgan and Associates
Dr. Morgan and Associates is a family oriented group practice first established in 1980. The general dentists, Drs. Luke Morgan, Joan Emberland, Donald Parker and Joseph Vargas as well as their periodontist, Dr. Ridge Gilley offer comprehensive dental care including, yet not exclusive to, periodontal therapy, tooth restorations, crown and bridge, implants, cosmetic dentistry, extractions, root canals, and Invisalign. To learn more, visit morgandds.com.
About Energy Select
Energy Select is a full-service energy consultant and contractor. We provide solar panel installation, energy audits, lighting retrofits, and other money-saving services for both residential and commercial customers. We specialize in looking at the whole picture to provide the best energy solution with a balanced effort of energy conservation and clean energy production. To learn more, visit energyselectllc.com.