Before you get into any new aspect of business, the best approach is a well-informed one. Investing in a commercial solar energy system is a significant consideration and investment in your company’s future, so it’s essential to understand how it works to lower your energy use and your bill. There are just a few key components, and even though maintenance is typically low, you’ll still be able to generate high returns for your bottom line with solar.
How solar works
The basics for solar are the same for a business as they are for a home-installed rooftop solar system. The photovoltaic solar panels, each made up of several solar cells, grab the sun’s rays and send them to an inverter, where that energy is converted into the kind of current your home or business can use.
The components of a solar energy system
The type of solar panels you select will be based on your needs and your space available. If you have a large open field ready for ground-mounted solar, you can use more affordable panels that may generate slightly less energy each but allow you to have more of them to balance the return you get on your energy bill. More efficient panels can maximize your budget and your space to deliver energy savings for spaces that are tighter or high energy needs.
The solar inverter is the heart of your system. This is where the sun’s energy is converted into usable energy that powers everyday items. There are some kinds of inverters that work best with different types of panels. It’s always a good idea to go with an expert who can explain and understand the compatibility between your equipment to get the most out of your system.
The mounting equipment is a big part of your system. For rooftop solar, this means the brackets that hold the panels to the roof. There are different styles of mounting brackets depending on the roof type. For ground-mounted solar, there are other options that involve whether the panels will track the sun’s movement across the sky or remain fixed. For solar on parking garages or solar parking canopies, panels must be secured properly to ensure safety and efficiency for generating the most solar energy possible.
Going solar is a great way to reduce one of the largest line items on many budgets—the electric utility bill. With low-interest or zero-down financing, you can make solar work for your business. Plus, local and federal programs are available that can help offset the cost of going solar. When you finish paying off your system, you own that energy-free and clear.
Sun4 solar has experience with all types of commercial solar installations. With so many options for different types of buildings or locations, we can help you build a system that makes sense for your business today, and that pays off for years to come. Let the Sun4 experts be your guide to solar success.