Tax relief, savings in operating costs and reduced carbon footprint are just some of the reasons why implementing solar energy can be a great option.
Aware of their social responsibility and the need to reduce their carbon footprint, companies are increasingly talking about sustainable development, concentrating on fine-tuning their methods and implementing technologies that allow a more planet-friendly production. In this process, the use of solar energy is a decision that translates into environmental and economic benefits.
On the one hand, it does not generate greenhouse gases, does not pollute and does not cause irreversible environmental impacts. On the other hand, tax breaks, the possibility of selling surpluses and the reduction of operating costs represent greater growth for companies.
Solar energy: a government bet
The boom around the implementation of solar energy is in line with the intention of the National Government to bet on an energy transition, in which we depend less and less on fossil fuels and give way to renewable energy sources.
A bet with a future, especially because Colombia has a privileged location that allows it to have an average potential of 4 to 4.5 kilowatt hours per square meter (kWh / m 2) of solar radiation every day.
Through the Energy and Gas Regulation Commission, the Government issued Resolution 030 of 2018, which promotes benefits for those who implement solar energy in their homes or companies as a means of supply. Among the main benefits are the reduction in rates and permits to sell surpluses to network operators such as EPM, Celsia and EEB, among others, in those cases in which not all of the energy generated is consumed.
Benefits of implementing solar energy
- Exclusion of VAT payment for equipment that is part of the system.
- Exemption from payment of customs duties on imported equipment for renewable energy.
- Incentive for accelerated depreciation of assets to power generators that make investments in machinery, equipment and civil works for pre-investment, investment and operation of renewable energy sources.
- Savings in the payment of the energy bill, since you replace the consumption by your own generating source that, in addition, allows you to sell the surplus energy to the network operator.
- Profits, because although it is estimated that the return on investment is obtained from the fourth or fifth year of installation, the useful life of these systems reaches up to 25 years.
- The law contemplates reductions in income tax of up to 50% of the total investment made in a period not exceeding fifteen years.
- Improvement of corporate reputation, because from marketing you can communicate to stakeholders that yours is an environmentally responsible company, which reduces its carbon footprint with renewable energy.