Photovoltaics on commercial properties: Green portfolio without tax disadvantages

Unused commercial roof areas hold great potential - both ecologically and economically. However, as a real estate fund, it is not easy to install and operate photovoltaics on commercial properties, as this constitutes active management and can result in trade tax liability. So how can solar energy and all its benefits still be used?  

The answer: with the ENVIRIA Sale & Lease Back model. You buy a turnkey solar system from us, but we lease it back – for long-term contracts of up to 30 years. While you own the system, we take over all the management tasks as the general contractor. In this model, you as the real estate fund continue to act purely as an asset manager. ENVIRIA is responsible for electricity sales as well as technical and commercial operations management - and so there is no tax risk.  

Affordable and sustainable solar energy for tenants 

This model not only enables us to install solar systems on your commercial properties without tax disadvantages, but you also benefit from additional rental income and your tenants are supplied with unbeatably cheap solar power from your own roof. 

Please note:

This model requires specialized legal know-how. ENVIRIA's experts have the necessary legal knowledge and are therefore qualified to accompany and implement this process.  

The benefits of the Sale & Lease back model

Cost benefits
  • Fixed rental income for a specific term 

  • Unbeatably cheap tenant electricity 

  • Higher property valuation in the long term 

Green benefits
  • Ecological footprint reduced 

  • Visible sign for more sustainability 

  • Real estate is becoming part of the energy transition in Germany

Benefits for your sustainability agenda
  • Higher ESG rating 

  • Strengthening the image as a sustainable company 

  • Proactive implementation of sustainability guidelines, such as the solar obligation 

FAQs: Photovoltaics on commercial real estate through sale & lease back

Gabled roofs and flat roofs with an unshaded area are particularly suitable for a solar energy system. The interesting minimum size for this concept is 1000 m2.


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