With the ever-changing needs of your business on a year-to-year basis, there is always the desire to reduce costs of operation and usage in certain areas, which may lead you to wonder how to invest in solar panels. Usually, these would come in the form of company cutbacks to save money where possible, but there are areas where you can invest in your business and reduce costs to prevent cutbacks.
In the current climate, the drive for more renewable energy and sustainable practice within businesses has seen a drive to implement commercial solar as an energy alternative.
It is not sector-specific, as every kind of business from farming to manufacturing to education has accepted that they can reap huge advantages from adopting commercial solar panels.
Naturally, you will have questions circling around the notion which will factor in solar panel cost, time and if it can be beneficial.
How Much Will This Cost the Business?
Money is always going to be key to every decision you buy into, even in areas designed to save you money in the long run.
The cost of commercial solar depends on a few factors, ranging from the size of the project to how you plan to have the system installed. Generally, small-sized systems can circle around the arena of £10k to install. This usually covers supply and installation, inverters and isolators, cabling, testing, certification and other aspects. However, this obviously will differ on each project as some will require larger systems or specialist installations if not a straightforward job.
It is always best to talk with a specialist for a realistic estimate based on your circumstances and business.
Will I Need Planning Permission?
Occasionally but not in a lot of cases. In earlier times you would have had to have planning permission in nearly all instances, but in today’s world, it is not a necessity to get permission for the installation of solar PV systems on commercial premises.
When it comes to business premises and community buildings you find yourself generally exempt, as well as small ground systems. You must stick to some guidelines with your solar in order to remain exempt.
Roof-mounted solar cannot protrude by more than 200mm from the roof surface, as with the case of flat-roof installations solar panels must be less than 1m above the roof’s highest part, remaining over 1m from the edge of the roof or wall. Obviously, they are not permitted to protrude over the side of the roof in any instance.
Considerations also need to be made for planning permission if your building has historical interest such as listed buildings, monuments or heritage sites.
Will it Work in All Conditions?
Naturally, a business operating in the UK sees every kind of unpredictable weather pattern known to man, which makes the consideration of commercial solar subject to questions over whether the system can handle the weather shifts.
Every solar panel sold in the UK has been extensively tested to be able to handle the UK’s variety of conditions such as wind, hail, snow, ice, rain and humidity. Commercial solar is not a solution that only works when the sun is in full glow.
As a business owner, the decision to pull the trigger on making your business more energy efficient will rest on a number of these factors, and the team at Positive Energy Solutions are ready to answer all queries and provide a system that provides a green energy solution on costs, time and benefits for your business. Contact us today for more information.