Solar Panels for Commercial use

Commercial solar energy systems vary much more in size and scope than their residential counterparts. Most commercial solar arrays are much larger, and they aren’t always confined to roofs. Some organizations opt for solar carports, while others install ground-mounted solar panels.

Larger commercial operations may even feature a “power tower,” an array of mirrors that focus the sun’s rays onto the photovoltaic panels below them.  Commercial systems are usually installed on a flat surface and must be built on racks tilted toward the sun at the best angle for the solar panels to capture the most energy during the day.

Some systems even include features that synchronize the panels’ angles with the changing height of the sun. Keeping the cost per panel as low as possible is key to securing the quickest return on investment for larger commercial installations.

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    What Are the Benefits of Commercial Solar PV?

    There are many advantages of solar energy, such as cost, efficiency, and income potential. Below, we break down the 3 key advantages of using solar panels for your business.

    1. Reduced Utility Costs

    Solar Panels Lower Your Utility Costs

    Energy from commercial solar PV will cost a fraction of what you were paying from a utility company. While saving only a few pence per kWh sounds small, it adds up quickly.

    Additionally, solar panel maintenance cost in the UK is relatively low. Therefore, you can enjoy reduced overall expenses for your electricity consumption.

    2. Efficient Energy Production

    Solar Panels Are Efficient for Energy Production

    Commercial solar panels can make your day-to-day operations more efficient. Standard solar panel efficiency levels are 15-20%, but they can reach 42% in some cases.

    Commercial rooftop solar panels are not all created from the same material and therefore have different efficiency ratings.

    Monocrystalline solar panels are made from one silicon piece and are known for being the most efficient solar panel material on the market. As such, they are also the most expensive.

    However, large solar panels made from this material will perform better in low sunlight levels than polycrystalline panels.

    Several pieces of silicon are melted together to produce polycrystalline panels. These are easier to create, which makes them less expensive. While less effective at saving space, these panels still operate with 13-16% efficiency.

    Thin-film solar panels are another popular option that requires even less material. These panels are the cheapest to manufacture, but they also have low energy efficiency, requiring the most space.

    When evaluating commercial solar panel efficiency, remember to examine the materials used in