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Do Solar Panels Work on Commercial Buildings?

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by Stuart Munro

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Nov 28, 2023

Do solar panels work on commercial buildings?

This a question the team at i-Protech is asked daily – and the answer is yes!

Solar PV is currently one of the most reliable investments in a turbulent market, and the installation of large-scale solar on your commercial buildings should be an integral part of your energy strategy.

By generating cost-efficient electricity on-site with no CO2 emissions, you can achieve your business aims by increasing the value of your property and improving your environmental, social, and corporate credentials (ESCs).

You can also:

  • Lower your electricity costs by up to 30% with reduced grid energy consumption
  • Secure predictable power costs by shielding your business from fluctuating market prices
  • Power your organisation with 100% renewable energy and no greenhouse gas emissions
  • Gain budget stability through accurate forecasting of operating expenses
  • Monetise underused assets by installing large-scale Solar on ground or roof space

With a growing expertise installing large-scale solar systems, i-Protech can help transform your unused roof or ground space into a source of renewable energy. To help you understand more about the benefits of solar, we have answered some of your most frequently asked questions:

Are commercial solar panels worth it?

Anything that reduces your energy bills is worth considering, and Solar PV energy for business is one of the best ways to cut costs. Of course, there is an initial outlay which may look expensive, but the mid-to-long-term benefits more than outweigh any commercial solar panel cost.

How much electricity can a commercial solar panel generate?

The higher the rating, the more power the solar panel can produce. A common solar panel might be rated for around 350-400 watts, whereas the more sophisticated models for commercial use can be rated as highly as 600 watts.

Which type of solar panel is best for commercial use?

Typically, there are four types of commercial solar panels: monocrystalline solar panels, polycrystalline solar panels, thin-film solar panels, and PERC solar panels. All solar panels work by converting the sun’s photons into electrons that are then converted from DC to AC power by an inverter. Our preferred option is Monocrystalline Silicon Solar Cells, which are made from a single crystal structure, resulting in higher efficiency and better space usage. Their black or dark appearance is considered aesthetically pleasing.

Is planning permission required for solar panels on commercial buildings?

In many cases the answer is no, you do not need planning permission for solar panels. You can erect them both for residential and commercial use.

What are the benefits of solar panels on commercial buildings?

Commercial buildings fitted with solar panels can significantly reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to mitigating climate change. Solar energy production produces no greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutants, or harmful by-products. 

What is the difference between commercial and domestic solar panels?

Commercial and residential solar panels are made of the same materials, and they work identically. The only differences are scale – commercial panels are usually larger than residential panels, which makes them heavier and requiring more space to install.

Do solar panels work in winter?

Even in below-freezing weather, solar panels turn sunlight into electricity. That’s because solar panels absorb energy from our sun’s abundant light, not the sun’s heat. In fact, cold climates are actually optimal for solar panel efficiency, perfect for the North-east of Scotland!

Do you have a solar project in mind? Contact i-Protech’s team of experts today to find out how you could save up to 30% on your electricity with commercial solar power.

 

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