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How Commercial Solar Differs From Residential

The largest difference between commercial and residential solar panel systems is the scope. Since a single home requires far less energy than a commercial building, homeowners can get much smaller systems.

Roof Restrictions

Additionally, while most residential solar panel owners keep their systems on the roof, commercial systems don’t share the same limitation.  While the roof is usually the first place that installers think to put solar panels, commercial buildings often have carports or lots with excess space for solar panels.  Depending on your operation, you may even use a “power tower,” which is an array of mirrors designed to focus rays onto your solar panels for better energy production.  The angle of the roof also restricts residential solar owners.  While it’s ideal to set up your solar panels so that they face south, you can’t do anything to change your home’s orientation.  Commercial buildings typically have flat roofs, which means installers can easily orient solar panels to be in an optimal position.

Benefits of Commercial Solar

If you’re familiar with the benefits of solar panels for residential settings, you also know how incredible solar power can be for commercial applications.  The only difference is that the scale of the benefits is much larger.  Average residential energy production with solar panels is between five and 10 kW, while many commercial solar panel systems can easily produce 50kW; your business may produce 10 times more energy than a residential system.

What Value Do Solar Panels Give?

Solar panels are an invaluable asset for any business. They can help you offset huge chunks (if not all) of your energy costs while fostering an image of sustainability for your company.   With all the governmental incentives to get into solar power, there’s no better time than now to make the investment for your company.

How Many Panels Will You Need?

Your solar panel needs will vary greatly from other businesses.  There are a few ways to calculate the number of solar panels you will need.  You may need to maximize space with fewer high-efficiency panels, or you may have all the space in the world and want to opt for less expensive options.  Usually, businesses purchase only the panels they need to offset their energy costs-to determine this magic number, you should reach out to us and get a proposal.

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