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Are you considering realizing a solar power project on your roof? Solar panels are always a good add-on investment, says General Manager Alex Muhring of Zoncoalitie, the independent platform for solar energy on real estate. Whether a real estate owner invests in a solar power installation himself or if the choice is made to rent out the roof or lease the installation.
“It pays off to see how you can get the most out of it. Which financial model and which solution best suit the situation?"
Zoncoalitie helps real estate owners to find a good answer to these and other relevant questions. The Zoncoalitie team has five tips for real estate owners who want to realize a solar power project: prepare the project well, view different scenarios, apply for a subsidy in your own name, compare the different providers and check the installation after completion.
1. Prepare the project well
“It is important to prepare well for the installation of a solar roof. The realization of a solar power project is not only a matter of: I have a large roof area and I fill it with panels. That is far too short-sighted. Matters such as the load-bearing capacity of the roof, the possibilities of electric coupling – can the generated energy be given a direct destination or be supplied back to the grid and what is the capacity – and the roof maintenance largely determine the starting points and thus ultimately the yield of the installation to be realized. In addition, tenants often have their own wishes and requirements and there are also tax and legal matters that must be taken into account. Good preparation prevents problems from occurring at a later time. Or that an unforeseen bill will be on the table. ”
2. Review different scenarios
“Every roof is different. Every building is different. And each owner has his own intentions with his property. Consider carefully what your priority is and what it means if you choose to rent out your roof or to operate the solar power installation yourself. Also bear in mind that the energy landscape will change significantly in the next fifteen years. As a building owner, do you want to keep the option open to offer users with an electric car charging capacity? Does operating a solar power installation yourself fit the core tasks of an organization? Take a healthcare facility. First and foremost, they must provide good care. If all available liquidity has to be deployed for this, then it makes more sense to lease a solar power installation or rent out the available roof. If you are an investor in real estate with a forward-looking focus on value maximization, it might be better to operate the installation yourself. ”
“Every roof is different. Every building is different. And each owner has his own intentions with his property. Think carefully about your priority and what it means if you choose to rent out your roof or to operate the solar power installation yourself.”
3. Apply for a subsidy in your own name
“At the end of September, the government will again make subsidies available, called SDE ++, which you as a property owner can also claim for the realization of a solar power installation. Building owners can best protect their freedom of choice. Therefore put that application in your own name; that’s only useful later on. Certainly if it is not yet clear at the time of the application which financial or legal structure is best and with which provider the project will be realized, it is important to have freedom of choice. That is also good for your negotiating position. It is very difficult to change the name of an awarded subsidy afterwards. Are you a real estate owner with a large roof in Amsterdam and provided with an SDE + decision? Then we have good news: you can then request project preparation from Zoncoalitie at the expense of the municipality. ”
4. Compare providers for an informed choice
“There are many new entrants in the solar energy sector. Who is the right partner in this fast-growing range? Especially for building owners who are starting to realize solar power projects, it is difficult to choose. It is important to receive well-comparable offers in order to make a correct assessment. Regardless of whether you choose a property, lease or roof rental structure. You can compare on several criteria, such as turn-key watt peak price, the power to be generated, or costs for maintenance. ”
5. Have an independent audit performed after delivery
“After delivery of an installation, it is important to have it inspected by an independent party to know whether the installation has been designed and connected in accordance with the guidelines. Also to prevent a claim from the home insurer in the event of a calamity. Not only home insurers, but also financial institutions find it pleasant to avoid a situation in which the butcher inspects his own meat.”
General Director Alex Muhring (center) is at the helm of Zoncoalitie. After more than ten years as a banker in London and as an investor in Eastern Europe, he has become passionate about solar energy. Due to his background in the financial sector, he knows what it takes to maximize the yield of a solar power project for the real estate owner.
Robert ten Broek (right) is Operational Director. Previously, he was active at Ampelmann Operations and was responsible for various offshore projects in Europe and South America. He heads the feasibility studies and procurement department.
Adriaan Copper (left) is Commercial Director. For over twelve years he was active in managerial positions at ABN Amro and Rabobank in the Netherlands and abroad. He is at home in current climate and sustainability issues.
Zoncoalitie is the independent platform for advice and development of solar power projects on commercial and social real estate. Zoncoalitie informs property owners about the benefits and possibilities of solar power, arranges the SDE + subsidy application, carries out a technical feasibility study and provides independent advice on the choice of the exploitation model. By means of a private tender, Zoncoalitie provides a targeted request to providers of solar power installations, after which the real estate owner can choose the most suitable provider from comparable offers. The real estate owner receives competitive and more suitable offers because Zoncoalitie does the preliminary work.
Zoncoalitie also works together with municipalities to realize more solar power projects. Do you want to speed up sun-on-roof in your municipality, but you are not sure how? Then click here!
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