Academy Inc Offers Solar Panel Awning Installation, Reducing Energy Bills and Increasing Profit

Academy Inc. of Los Angeles will begin installing green awnings, or commercial awnings with solar panels.

Online PR News – 30-June-2012 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles, CA, 30 June 2012: Los Angeles, California – Academy Inc., a California awning company with mass market business clients, hospitality sites, and small town brick-and-mortar storefronts from Malibu to Maine, known for its leadership in the design and distribution of commercial shade products including awnings, cabanas, and canopies, today announced that it would begin production and sale of custom green awnings in which solar panels are installed directly on commercial awnings. Academy’s latest offering enhances the Company’s continuing commitment to the on-going green revolution, which is as much an environmental necessity as it is a cost-effective and energy saving business decision.

The green awnings release coincides with the coming first day of summer, June 21, and was done so deliberately considering that summertime is when all businesses regardless of size are eager to: extend their commercial sidewalk footprint with minimal cost and also save on their electric bills – bills that can be exceedingly high, cutting into a large percentage of a commercial businesses’ profits and operating costs when temperatures are highest and the sun is at its greatest intensity. And even though the price of crude has fallen to a moderate low of $84.34 a barrel and winter 2011-2012 a mild one, many businesses are still recouping their expenses from a season that brought $100-plus-dollar barrels of oil. While nearly half of U.S. electrical generation comes from abundant coal supplies, the distribution of goods and services from a business is nearly entirely pent up in the price at the pump.

“If traditional commercial awnings were all about energy savings, cutting direct noontime solar gain by as much as 90 percent, and extending a businesses’ shaded sidewalk appeal, then an awning equipped with solar panels puts the green revolution in overdrive,” said CEO Jim Richman. “

Solar panels are groupings of photovoltaic cells that collect the suns radiant energy and convert that energy into usable electricity. There’s no extra processing, no third-party intermediary, and no added costs, only safe electric power. Very often solar cells work in concert with on-site storage batteries that can be switched on after sunset, further enhancing their energy-savings benefit. Perhaps the best part of all is when business owners and homeowners alike generate an excess of power and they see their property’s electric meter run backwards as their solar system automatically sends unneeded power back to the local grid.

Speaking to solar panels’ growing efficiency and price parity to traditional fossil fuels Tim Anderson, the director of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) at the University of Florida said in an April 2012 news article that for every doubling of installed solar capacity (the number of solar cells in a given space) prices decreased 22 percent.

“Right now, the cost of (solar) electricity is competitive with the residential (electricity) prices we pay,” he said.

Combined with the energy savings common with traditional awnings that can reduce air conditioning bills by as much as 25 percent, while lowering your indoor temperature by 8 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit solar panels are a vital next-step in earning government-approved LEED certification, which can often be applied to specific tax exemptions, providing further incentive. No matter the size of your existing awning or one that’s slated to be installed, Academy Inc. experts are eager to sit down with business owners to show them how these awnings work, what would be an appropriate size, their optimal location on the property as well as any additional outstanding technical details.

“Too often the green revolution has meant that people had to take sides – those who wanted a cleaner, greener planet, and those who wanted to preserve profits,” added, Jim Richman. “At Academy we believe that to be a false scenario. Business owners don’t have to choose between a green planet and green dollars signs. Solar-cell awnings meet both of those challenges simultaneously.”

About Academy Inc.:

Academy Inc. is a Los Angeles based awning company, with more than 100 years of industry experience in custom manufacturing and installation of canvas awnings, canopies, cabanas, and a variety of commercial shade structures. They are a fully licensed and insured organization which has earned a reputation for blending quality products with excellent customer service. Operating from a 30,000 square foot facility, Academy Inc. employs a knowledgeable staff, who are equipped to produce custom designed commercial shade structures to suit their clients' requirements.

Contact Information:

Academy Inc.
2510 Malt Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90040
Phone: 800-422-9646
Fax: 323-721-2924