The installation of solar panels is becoming more common as homeowners and businesses alike are on a mission to address high energy costs and find ways to deal with environmental damage.
Solar panels for offices, or large buildings are a great way to reduce costs, control consumption, and join this new green wave.
Where to install solar panels?
Photovoltaic panels can be installed in any type of building with a roof or open space that allows it. Offices, shopping centers, libraries or single-family buildings and houses have been shifting to this more sustainable consumption.
Below we describe particular types of solar panel installation:
- House Installations: These installations have a 20 year lifetime. It is ideal to install a self-consumption system so as to not depend on the electrical system, or suffer the high costs of energy.
- Apartment building Installations: Solar panels in buildings are ideal to help power staircase lighting, elevators, and common areas. In addition, if there is enough space on the roof and there is energy left over, it can be shared among the neighbors of the building.
- Corporate Installations: For businesses, there are self-consumption systems that will benefit the company in addition to providing a positive branding story for going green.
- Public building Installations: In public buildings, the possibilities of installing solar panels can be effective given that they usually have large roof spaces perfectly suited for solar production.
What are the types of solar panels available on the market?
Not all photovoltaic panels are the same. Let us take a look at the different types of solar panels:
- Photovoltaic solar panels: These types of panels are made up of cells which transform photons of light into energy, thus converting solar energy into electricity.
- Thermal solar panels: These panels convert solar energy into thermal energy. They are mainly used to cover domestic needs to warm water.
- Hybrid solar panels: These types of panels combine both types (photovoltaic and thermoelectric) to obtain electricity and thermal energy. Thus, one installation to cover all energy needs.
Solar panels in the office
We can all contribute to a better planet, and as a business owner, you can make a major difference by transitioning to solar power.
The transition could help you to reduce energy costs, carbon emissions, and the process can be seamless. Before converting to solar energy, however, we recommend that you improve your company’s energy efficiency. We advise you to carefully study the current use of electrical devices in your office spaces.
By optimizing your energy consumption, you can ensure that the cost of installing a solar power generation system is as low as possible.
By investing in solar energy, you will have a significant return on your savings within five years, allowing you to eliminate the dependence on private electricity.
Aspects to take into account regarding the profitability of solar panel installations:
- The revaluation of the property.
- Discounts in institutions.
- The combination of several elements which help to save energy.
- The contribution to the green sector in terms of emission reduction and low consumption.
Any installation of a sustainable photovoltaic solar energy system implies optimizing the resources to use. It is the basis for the design, and installation of solar panels; to improve the production of renewable energy.
Where to install solar panels?
To maximize the most from solar radiation, it is essential to know the solar trajectory, the objective energy needs, and the conditions of the location of the solar panels.
It is crucial to determine the orientation and inclination of the solar panels in fixed installations to achieve the minimum cost per kilowatt-hour of this type of renewable energy.
Solar modules are usually on rooftops; even if this is not the closest area to the storage system. For safety and architectural integration reasons, the roof of the building is usually determined as the area to install the photovoltaic solar panels.
The requirements of the location and inclination of the photovoltaic solar panels are common to solar collectors used to obtain solar thermal energy.
The available surface will be determined by the roof space on which the property chooses to locate the photovoltaic panels. This area should be easily accessible for maintenance operations and should be protected from vandalism or falling objects.
If you would like to receive a detailed evaluation, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can help you take a step into the future.