The Business Owner’s Guide To Going Solar
Solar panels and backup batteries have become an attractive source of renewable energy for businesses looking to save money on their electricity bills. The trend of solar has been going on for some years, especially with the gradual drop in prices and the increasing amount of solar incentives and rebates. However, going solar is a big decision to make and there are many factors to take into account before going solar.
Read this guide to going solar find out how to determine if solar is right for you and where to make your purchase.
1. How do solar panels work?
Solar panels or photovoltaic (PV) panels are used to generate electricity from the sun’s rays. Solar panels are made up of 60-72 solar cells consisting of monocrystalline or polycrystalline silicon. When the photons in sunlight hit solar cells, they knock electrons off the silicon atoms that make up the solar cells. The energy generated is a direct current and converted into a usable alternate current with a solar inverter. When purchasing solar panels, you can choose between monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels, which differ in color and efficiency rate.
2. Is my business ready for solar?
Whether or not your business is ready for solar panel installation depends on a variety of factors. You will have to take into account available roof space and roof type. Some roofs are not best for solar panels, such as slate tiles or wood. Make sure your roof receives enough sunlight and isn’t damaged before installation, and talk to experts to get it fixed. We recommend replacing your roof before solar installation if it has ten years or less remaining of its expected lifespan.
A solar installation service can help you determine the best direction for your solar panels, consult you on whether to choose traditional roof-mounted solar panels or ground-mounted solar panels and take into account limitations on space created by shade or obstructions when creating your solar quote.
As long as you have enough space to install the number of solar panels you need to achieve your desired offset, your building is ready to go solar and opt to install ground-mounted solar panels or carports.
3. Do I need battery storage?
Solar batteries are an excellent way to ensure your business keeps running during storms, blackouts, and brownouts and during the night when your solar panels are not producing any energy. During hours of peak sunlight, your solar panels will produce excess energy which you can either immediately send back into the grid through net metering or store in solar batteries. With the new NEM 3.0 net billing policy being implemented in California from April 15th, 2023, solar batteries can help businesses enjoy better time-of-use rates when releasing stored energy back into the grid at night.
4. Is solar energy reliable?
Solar energy is one of the most reliable sources of energy in the world. Since solar power relies on the sun instead of the burning of fast-depleting fossil fuels, your solar panels will provide you with energy every day, even on cloudy days. Solar panels are stress-tested so that they can withstand extreme weather conditions, from rain to hail or snow, and even branches. If your business is located in an area prone to severe storms, you have experienced power cuts at inconvenient times. With solar panels, you can keep your business up and running during or immediately after a storm instead of having to wait for your local utility company to sort things out. To ensure the reliability of your solar panels, IE Construction offers business owners a 25-year warranty on their solar panels, so you’ll never have to worry about purchasing or replacing faulty equipment out of pocket.
5. How do businesses benefit from solar?
Businesses that choose solar can save thousands on their electricity bills. You can offset up to 100% of your electricity bills and save a ton of money. With volatile energy inflation and skyrocketing fossil fuel prices, now is the time to make the switch to solar energy.
Businesses that install solar panels also benefit from an environmentally-conscious image. Research shows that consumers care about the environmental practices of the businesses they choose to purchase from. Solar energy is a great way to boost the sustainability of your business and help reduce harmful emissions.
6. Can you DIY solar?
Yes, but without being well-versed in solar construction, it is extremely difficult and time-consuming with a large margin of possible error. Worst of all, installing solar yourself is objectively dangerous. Roof-mounted solar panels require you to climb to the top of your property to install them, which brings height risks into the picture. By installing your solar panels you risk structural damage to your roof and the building’s electrical wiring. So it is best to look for a commercial solar installation service and get a quote from a professional.
Choose IE Construction
If you would like some advice regarding solar installation for your business or would like to purchase a solar installation, contact Infinity Energy Instruction. IE Construction is committed to providing high-quality, seamless solar installations. IE Construction is ready to handle your installation and make your solar dreams a reality.
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