When Australians think about solar power, generally it’s about getting a solar power system installed for the home. Solar power isn’t restricted to residential use though. Businesses can benefit immensely from having solar power installed if it’s practical. So many businesses consume copious amounts of electricity on a day to day basis, so if your business premises can have solar power installed, it’s definitely worth looking into.
Before going out and hiring a company to install a solar system for your business, you’ll want to know a bit more about commercial solar systems so you can make the right choice.
Let’s look at 5 things to consider when choosing a commercial solar system for your business premises.
#1 – Will Installing Commercial Solar Be Cost-Effective?
When it comes to commercial solar installation, there are a number of things to consider when it comes to money.
Firstly, you have to factor in the cost of each commercial solar panel and how much energy (and savings) it will produce. Then there is the overall cost of the complete solar system, which includes an inverter and solar battery, and its installation.
The best way to determine how cost-effective a commercial solar system for your business would be is to consult with a solar power expert. They can help you work out the sums and explain to you just how much electricity your array will produce on average and what the overall savings will be when it comes to electricity consumption, electricity that you no longer have to purchase from the grid.
#2 – Do You Have the Space for a Solar Panel Array?
Some business premises won’t really have the option of installing solar power, but it’s possible for many. Your premises will need enough roof space (or space somewhere on the lot) to install enough commercial solar panels to effectively power your operation and be cost-effective.
If the building you’re in is only small, is there enough room on the roof to accommodate the number of solar panels required?
Once again, consult with a solar power installer first to work out the details and logistics to determine if solar power is a feasible option for your company.
#3 – Give Consideration To the Best Type of Solar Battery
Having one or more solar batteries is vital if you wish to store power from your solar panel array for use during the evening, if required. Without a solar battery, there is no way of storing this excess electricity produced by your solar array. In other words, solar power would only be operational while the sun is shining. You’ll need a battery if you require power reserves.
The best type of solar battery for your business will likely depend on how much power your system generates and how much reserve power you require. Your local solar power expert will be able to advise you best on this important topic, as well as how many batteries may be required. Modern solar batteries have exceptional storage capacities that can keep your business operational all through the night.
#4 – How Much Maintenance Will Be Required?
Solar panels are highly durable and have been designed to deal with the harsh Australian elements. They don’t really require that much maintenance, although it’s a good idea to have them professionally cleaned on occasion.
As far as the rest of your commercial solar system goes, make sure it comes with monitoring software. This enables you to keep an eye on the system’s performance at all times. Your monitoring software will alert you to any problems the system is encountering. At a glance, you’ll also be able to see how much electricity is being produced.
#5 – How To Find the Right Solar Power Company
Personal recommendations from other business owners with solar power is a great way to find a company that’s reputable and reliable. Other than that, do a search online for solar power companies in your area. When you find some you like the look of, see if you can dig up some positive feedback on them online.
Also, does the company offer you the option of paying off your solar system in instalments?
If your business is suited to solar power, it can actually become a business investment over time, so it’s definitely worth serious consideration.