Non-profit organizations are big consumers of energy. However, the non-profit status makes the process of going solar complex for many reasons:
- Non-profits cannot directly take advantage of federal tax benefits (i.e., the ITC and accelerated depreciation)
- Most nonprofits operate on a consensus model that prolongs decision making, thereby jeopardizing the temporary availability of rebates or price discounts.
- Non-profits often deal with less predictable budgets that can make long term financial obligations more complicated. Commercial loans may be hard to obtain given that lending institutions are risk avert.