There’s no question that green energy options have really taken off over the past few years. This isn’t just because of the demand for eco-friendly energy options but also because of how much affordable alternative energy has become.
Aside from the good press and excellent tax savings that come from commercial solar, the utility savings for most companies has been enormous especially as utilities continue to hike up their rates on a frequent basis.
However, these can be very big jobs and it is important to make sure that any company looking to hire for this work finds a very capable professional company to do the work fast, to do it right, and to make sure the entire process runs as smoothly as possible.
An online search is one of the first places to start when looking for commercial solar design and installation specialists. Look for those providers who have a large number of high positive reviews, but also look at any negative reviews.
Google each company name and look for news stories not only on page one, but page two of Google as well. This will give you a full idea of the local provider’s reputation.
Ask for previous work done and references. If they have a long history of commercial solar installation, then there should be no problem with getting a few happy companies willing to give a recommendation based on positive experiences with past work.
What To Expect
Solar panels that are designed for commercial usage do tend to be larger than those that are used for residential homes. These are most often 77 inches by 39 inches and designed with maximum efficiency in mind to give businesses the most bang for their buck.
Installation will take a bit longer as well and can be a few days. If the project is absolutely massive it may take a few weeks but this will be communicated up front so the business owner knows what to expect, what the timeline is, and they can work out any specific issues that might come up during that time frame.
Reasons To Go Solar
Aside from being good for the environment, in most states companies can receive both federal tax credits for going solar as well as federal and sometimes state rebates for going solar.
This also provides massive amounts of free or extremely inexpensive energy while cutting down (or in some small business cases, eliminating) the need to collect energy from a utility. This can add up to serious savings over time even after the initial rebate and tax benefits.
In addition to this because of the battery setup of solar power you may be able to weather through a power outage affecting the rest of the area on stored energy alone. Add in that in some areas you can get a PBI (performance based incentive) where utilities must pay you for excess energy you provide and you can see where the investment in solar can be a smart business move.
Deciding to go with a commercial solar design and installation is a smart move. Not only does this lead to long-term energy security and much more control over utility bills and expenses, but the addition of commercial grade solar panels often adds value to the property and can be a great PR move. The upside here is absolutely incredible.