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Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be stressful. It should be a celebration of all that’s good in the world—love, laughter and solar energy.

Wait, what?

Yup, solar power should be on the Valentine’s Day gift list of every business, school, farm, municipality, electric cooperative in the country. Here’s why:

1. It will improve your standing in the community.

More of your customers, students and residents are concerned about the state of environment than ever before—and for some environmental friendliness is the deciding factor in whether to do business with a company, attend a school or support their agricultural community. Solar arrays are visible, tangible evidence of your commitment to leaving a lasting environmental legacy. It can bring you positive news coverage and will provide your current—and future—customer, student, residents with a good feeling about partnering with you.

2. It saves money.

We all know how hard it is to run an organization—whether it is a business, a school or local government. In all areas, margins and budgets are tight, and smart owners and operators are always looking to save money without cutting corners on quality. Putting a solar array on your warehouse roof, your brownfield or carports in the parking lot can save you serious money on monthly electric bills.

Depending on the size of your organization, you could save thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars annually. The best part is, that money drops right to the bottom line. You could say it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

3. It offers you flexibility.

Utilities are natural monopolies. As such, they are free to charge what the regulating body allows. It often doesn’t reflect the real costs of electricity delivery, but the utilities charge what they charge because they can. Fluctuating rates mean uncertainty in budgeting and worries about how much money you’ll have to spend on power this month.

Solar power can eliminate those concerns. By signing a long-term power-purchase agreement (PPA), you can lock your electricity rates for as long as 25 years. The sun isn’t going anywhere, and the power it produces isn’t subject to the vagaries of the commodities markets.

And, for electric cooperatives solar can help meet RPS requirements—now that is something sweet.

4. Solar is renewable.

According to the NASA website, the sun has at least 5 billion more years in it before it burns out. It doesn’t have a peak like oil. It doesn’t have limited supplies like coal and natural gas. As much as anything is eternal, the sun is. And the earlier you install solar, the better off your organization, school, municipality, electric cooperative will be.

Show your customers and students and residents how much you love them—give them the gift of a solar array. They, and your bottom line, will thank you.