Removing and Replacing Solar Panels on a Commercial Roof

Installing solar panels on a commercial roof is a great way to generate clean energy and reduce bills. However, over time, solar panels may need to be removed and replaced due to a variety of reasons. These often include needing a new roof or performing a major repair. The first step in the process is to assess the condition of the current panels. This includes evaluating the age and condition of the current panels, as well as the structures on which they are mounted. Additionally, if any of the components have deteriorated, such as wiring or mounting brackets, these should be replaced as well.

The second step is to safely remove the current panels from the roof. This requires the use of specialized tools, such as a ladder, hoisting equipment, and protective gear. It is also important to ensure that the roof is not damaged during this process. The process described require a professional contractor with solar and electric experience. Next is replacing the old solar panels with new ones. Depending on the size of the solar array, this process can be done quickly or may require several days. Additionally, the new panels
should be connected to the existing wiring and mounting brackets, and should be properly sealed and grounded.

Finally, the last step is to test the new solar array to ensure that it is working properly. This includes setting the desired levels of energy production, making sure the system is properly connected to the grid, and ensuring that the solar panels are correctly connected to the batteries.

Removing and replacing solar panels on a commercial roof can be a time-consuming and costly process. However, when done correctly, it can result in a more efficient and reliable source of clean energy. By following the steps outlined above, businesses can ensure that their solar array is up-to-date and properly maintained.

The time has come to remove and replace the solar array on a commercial building. There are several reasons why this is a necessary measure, some of which include:

1. Age of the Array: The life of a solar array varies, but the average is between 20-25 years. If the solar array in question has been in place for a long time, it’s likely due for replacement.
2. Technology Upgrades: Technology advances rapidly, and it’s important for a commercial building to keep up with the times. Installing a newer, more efficient solar array will improve the building’s energy efficiency, leading to lower energy
3. Financial Incentives: Governments and utility companies often offer financial incentives for solar power installation and upgrades. This can be a great way to offset the cost of the new solar array.
4. Safety: Solar panels can become damaged over time, leading to a risk of electric shock or fire. Replacing any damaged panels with new, up-to-date ones can reduce these risks.

5. Improved Efficiency: Solar technology is constantly improving, and newer models are more efficient than those from the past. By installing a newer, more efficient solar array, the building can take advantage of this improved efficiency and generate more
energy from the same amount of sunlight.

In summary, there are many reasons why it’s important to remove and replace the solar array on a commercial building. Doing so can improve energy efficiency, take advantage of financial incentives, and improve safety. Additionally, it can ensure the building is up to date with the latest technology and generate more energy. As such, it’s important to assess the state of the array periodically to ensure it’s in good condition and up to date.

How does commercial rooftop solar save a business money?

A solar array can turn your facility into a profit contributor!

  1. Reduced Electricity Bills: Once a commercial rooftop solar system is installed, it generates electricity from the sun at no cost. This means businesses can use the energy generated by their solar panels to power their operations, reducing the amount of electricity they need to purchase from the grid. This can result in significant cost savings on their electricity bills, particularly for businesses that use a lot of energy during the daytime when the sun is shining.
  2. Tax Credits and Incentives: Many governments offer tax credits and other incentives to businesses that invest in solar energy. These incentives can help to reduce the upfront cost of installing a commercial rooftop solar system, making it a more affordable option for businesses. Additionally, some utilities offer net metering programs, which allow companies to sell excess solar energy back to the grid, further reducing their electricity bills.
  3. Fixed Electricity Costs: Traditional electricity prices are subject to fluctuations based on supply and demand, fuel prices, and other market factors. By contrast, the cost of solar energy is predictable and stable over the long term. This means that businesses that invest in commercial rooftop solar can lock in a fixed electricity rate for the life of their solar system, helping them to budget and plan their energy costs more effectively.

Overall, commercial rooftop solar can help businesses to reduce their energy costs, increase their energy independence, and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Gas Bills Are Going Wild

As The Wall Street Journal stated, “Homeowners and Businesses have seen their gas bills go wild,”….” and the turbulence isn’t going to end anytime soon.”

Shouldn’t you be looking at solar and other renewable sources for your commercial facilities?

There are many reasons why a building owner or facility manager should consider commercial solar for their rooftops,
parking areas, and available ground areas. Incentives, environmental impact, and positive brand are just a few. Over
Gordian’s nearly 15 years in the commercial solar industry, utility costs were not as critical in the solar decision; both
inflation and utility rates have remained mostly stable and low. That’s all changed.

Consider solar as a w strategy to hold a significant cost center of our facility, both lower and predictable.

With nearly 15 years of solar experience and over 100 years of commercial roofing experience, Gordian Energy Systems
is the partner that will help you navigate the complexity of designing, financing, and building the right system.


The Increasing Need for EV Battery Minerals

The world is rapidly shifting towards electric vehicles (EVs) as an alternative to traditional cars powered by gasoline. This shift is being driven by a variety of factors, including a focus on tackling climate change, reducing air pollution, and improving energy security.

At the heart of EVs is the battery, and this battery is made up of a variety of minerals and elements. Currently, lithium-ion batteries are the most commonly used for EVs, and these batteries require lithium, cobalt, nickel, and graphite as their primary components. The
massive global increase in demand for EVs has created an unprecedented need for these minerals, leading to challenges in securing a steady and reliable source. And from areas of the world that are politically reliable

The challenge is increasing securing the minerals with demand rising. Many companies are trying to find innovations, such as recycling used batteries. Additionally, many countries and companies are exploring the possibility of using other battery technologies that don’t rely on cobalt, such as lithium-iron-phosphate or lithium-metal-polymer batteries.

Recent reports are that the U.S. and Europeans are considering a cooperative group that would work together to procure minerals, relying less on China and Congo. This “buyers’ club” could advance the industry toward reducing dependency on one source.

The shift to EVs is a major step forward in tackling climate change, but it’s essential that the minerals used in these batteries come from a reliable, ethical, and sustainable source.

Advantages Of Solar Energy

During my time at Gordian Energy, I have had the pleasure of witnessing firsthand the tremendous benefits that solar energy can bring to businesses. Whether you’re a small business or a multinational corporation, solar energy has the potential to transform the way you do business.

One of the most significant advantages of solar energy is cost savings. A recently installed Gordian-built solar array realized a 22.4% IRR on the investment and had a payback period of less than 5 years!   By installing solar panels, businesses can drastically reduce their energy bills and save money on electricity costs. Over time, this can add up to significant savings, allowing businesses to reinvest in their operations and grow their businesses.

But it’s not just about the cost savings. There are intangible benefits that come with being a business that uses solar energy. By adopting solar energy, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, positioning themselves as environmentally conscious and socially responsible. This can be a powerful marketing tool, attracting customers who share these values and helping to build a strong brand reputation.  To illustrate real world implications, a 2022 PwC survey of consumers and employees found that 83% of consumers believe renewable energy is a priority, with 86% of employees preferring to work for companies whose beliefs align with their own.  Even more significantly, 76% of consumers reported they would discontinue relationships with organizations that treated, communities, or the environment poorly.  By using solar energy, businesses can significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrating their commitment to sustainability and helping to protect the planet for future generations.

Of course, installing solar panels requires an upfront investment. However, there are incentives and tax incentives for businesses that invest in renewable energy. In addition, there are many financing options available that can make solar energy more accessible for businesses of all sizes.

In conclusion, the advantages of solar energy for businesses are numerous and compelling. From cost savings to environmental responsibility, solar energy has the potential to transform the way businesses operate, while also providing a powerful marketing tool. If you’re a business looking to make a positive impact on the planet and your bottom line, investing in solar energy is a smart choice.

AJ Armstrong was promoted to the position of Vice President!

Gordian Energy Systems congratulates AJ Armstrong, who was recently promoted to the position of Vice President! We’re all delighted and very proud of him and have been thrilled to witness his success over the years. AJ has been with Gordian Energy Systems organization for over a decade.

AJ has been instrumental in the development of sales and projects for the company, providing creative ideas and solutions to benefit our organization. He had a knack for understanding customer needs and matching them with the energy, finance, and operations choices available in today’s complex renewables environment.

AJ is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he received a Bachelor’s and also played Lacrosse.

His promotion to Vice President reflects the appreciation for his success and hard work, and for being a great teammate and coach.

We know he will continue to excel now in his role and lead a group of motivated teammates to success. Congratulations again to AJ Armstrong, our very own Vice President!

The commercial solar business – The Gordian Knot gets tighter

When the Gordian Energy Systems brand was created, we recognized the complexity of solar projects for our clients, particularly private, commercial clients.

But what’s in a name?

Our job is to cut through the Gordian knot challenges of commercial solar projects and solve complex issues for our clients and partners.

Recently, the commercial solar opportunity, and the complexity that comes with it, has only intensified. The Inflation Reduction Act has provided more incentives and opportunities for renewable energy projects, perhaps even more opportunities than can be implemented.

At the same time, our team needs to monitor supply chain challenges, pricing variations, unclear incentives with new regulations attached, tariffs, and import trade regulations. All are elements that are vastly more complicated today.

At Gordian, our job is to keep pace with all the changes and “cut the Gordian Knot” to make things easier for our clients.

Know that as the expansion of renewables continues, your team at Gordian Energy Systems will be there to deliver a great project of clean, renewable energy.

Will Jawish appointed Vice-President

Gordian Energy Systems is excited to announce that Will Jawish has been appointed to the position of Vice-President.

In 2010, Will became our first employee. He has participated in every phase of the company during its development, including sales and design. Will’s passion for learning and figuring things out produced a variety of successful projects for our clients during our first decade in the commercial solar business. Rooftop, parking canopies and ground mounts all present new challenges and learning. Will leads a team of professionals that has been up to the challenge.

Will is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

Gordian Energy Donates a 10-panel roof array for Piedmont Learning Center

Gordian Energy Systems is proud to announce the completion of a solar project for the Piedmont Learning Center. The project, including a 10-panel roof array, installation and commissioning, was installed at no charge to PLC. PLC will buy the electricity produced at a discounted rate ensuring long-term savings for the organization.  Gordian Energy Systems firmly supports Piedmont Learning Center’s mission of connecting students to the environment and helping to develop the skills to become self-sufficient and community serving adults.

This project will provide clean energy to the site and enable them to realize a stable cost for electricity. The impetus for the project was the founder’s desire to make the Center’s array available as an educational tool to teach visitors about the true potential of solar energy and the environment and the installation will lower the operating costs and the property’s energy bills for over 25 years.

The donation will further PLC’s vision to provide the community with an environmentally friendly space that will engage an outdoor learning experience, particularly for Baltimore area students. Students experience learning opportunities including bee keeping, the honey making process and natural gardening.

About Piedmont Learning Center:

Piedmont Learning Center is a 501C (3) Maryland nonprofit, located at Gwynn Falls Watershed, that has a mission to “connect environment, education, and community in an interactive and outdoor learning space.” PLC is a historic site, just a short hike away from where the Gwynn Oak Amusement park stood in the 1960s. With over 2 acres of beautiful land, PLC is a wonderful destination full of beautiful foliage, hiking trails, and even a honey bee apiary, PLC is the host of many outdoor retreats for students, professionals, and all walks of life.


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About Gordian Energy Systems:

Gordian Energy Systems is a solar PV Engineering, Procurement, and Construction company servicing developer and commercial customers from inception through commissioning them into full-term operations and maintenance.  Providing these services nationally on Rooftops, Canopies, and Ground installations, Gordian is the trusted company bringing quality solar projects to life. 

Gordian Energy Systems has been delighting clients by delivering projects on time and on budget. Our heritage emanates from Cole Roofing, a 100-year-old Maryland commercial roofing company. Gordian Energy excels at the critical aspects of project development and delivery. From planning to implementation, from delivery to commissioning and with a constant commitment to site safety, Gordian provides exceptional value to its developer and client partners.