Updated from “5 Ways to Kill Your PACE Project,” January 2017
If you’re thinking about jumping on the bandwagon – good for you! Solar is a great investment in the future of our planet. But before you go solar, it is important to be sure you are ready for it. We’ve seen too many companies get all excited about renewable energy and then spend more money than they need to, or not get as much benefit as they could, because the building is not energy efficient.
So you want to have an energy audit on your building. You have carefully screened your provider (see our document on questions to ask), and you have management buy-in to have an audit done. You also collected all the information the auditor requested. (Note: if the auditor does not ask you for any information in advance, for example, a minimum of three years of utility records, you are not likely to receive a thorough analysis.)