Is your small business in debt to its energy supplier or struggling to afford its energy bills? As residential, commercial, and industrial demand for energy increases nationwide and globally, so do energy prices. Luckily, there's a way to reduce or potentially eliminate your commercial energy bills — going solar.
If your primary goal is to generate your own electricity, you'll require commercial solar panel installation.
Solar panels convert sunshine into electricity, which is stored in solar batteries for later use. Since these panels do not rely on the electric grid system to bring electricity into your home, they do not attract monthly utility bills. They're a better choice for the environment because they harness solar power — a clean energy source — rather than use fossil fuels, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, for power generation.
There are several things you should consider to guarantee project success when installing solar panels in your business. Here's a lowdown on what to consider before embarking on your commercial solar panel installation.
Your Commercial Electricity Demand
Although all solar panels generate electricity, their rated capacity can vary widely. The rated capacity of solar panels describes their maximum electric capacity or power output. The higher your business's electric demand, the higher the rated capacity of your panels should be.
Several factors other than panel size will affect the performance and power output of your solar panels. These include panel efficiency, the amount of sunlight your location receives, and panel placement.
Calculate your business's energy demand to determine the size of the solar panel system you need to meet your requirements.
Where You Want To Put Your Solar Panels
Solar panels are often installed on the rooftops of buildings for maximum sun exposure. However, this is not always possible. Some roofs may not support the additional weight, while others may be unsafe to walk on when it is time for panel maintenance and repairs.
Luckily, there are alternatives to rooftop solar panel installation. These include ground- and wall-mounted solar panels. Weigh the pros and cons of each panel installation method to determine their suitability for your needs and requirements.
The Cost Implications
The initial and long-term costs of solar panel system installation can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the type and size of your system, its maintenance requirements, and the brand reputation and warranties.
When choosing your solar panels, consider the upfront and long-term costs and research solar incentives, such as rebates and tax credits, that can help reduce the overall cost of your system.
Solar panels can provide both economic and environmental benefits for your business, but they're not created equal. Contact a local company for more information about a commercial solar panel installation project.