Installing commercial solar electric systems is a great way to help your business save money and build a good reputation with people who are concerned about sustainability and environmental health. However, there are some things that you will need to consider about the future relationship between your business and solar energy before you make the leap.
Location, Location, Location!
Solar panels are meant to be bathed in sun in order to help you create energy to run your business. If you live in an area that is habitually rainy, cloudy, or shaded from the sun, you may have a harder time producing the energy that you need to keep your business running because you don't have enough sunlight.
Depending upon where exactly your business is located, you may find that you need to get approval to have solar panels placed on top of your building. Check into this before calling a professional to come and install your panels to avoid trouble with people in the community later on.
Talk to a contractor about how long it would take to install the panels, whether or not there needs to be any downtime for your business, and how noisy the process might be. Installation might be a loud, distracting process that could end up upsetting your neighbors. There could also be a need to empty certain offices while panels are being inserted so that the professionals can complete the install. You may need to make arrangements for people to work from home or work from other parts of the building until installation is complete.
Is your building and roof going to be able to support the weight of the solar panels and the workers installing them? A professional can come and assess your roof to help you answer this question, but you will need to have this information before paying for installation. If your roof isn't going to be able to handle the weight in its current condition, your solar transition budget is going to have to include fortifying your building along with the cost of the panels and the price of installation.
Solar panels are a great way to help your business show its concern for the environment, show its support for sustainable energy, and save money to help lower the prices on its services and products. However, making sure your business is fully prepared to take on solar panels is key to making the transition to solar power for your business easy and successful.