With attractive tax incentives and lower utility bills, more and more businesses are installing commercial solar panels. In recent years, the commercial adoption of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has grown rapidly. In the U.S. there are over 1.8 Million solar energy systems installed nationwide. Given that heating and cooling represent approximately 70% of a commercial buildings’ energy usage, the potential savings, in both terms of dollars and carbon emissions, is enormous.
When commercial solar panels are installed at your facility, the panels, via photovoltaic cells, convert sunlight into DC electricity. This DC electricity is then sent to an inverter converting it to AC electricity that can be used by your business.
While producing solar energy, your facility will directly use the solar power produced, and in many cases, you typically generate more power than you actually need. When this occurs, your utility meter will actually spin backward. This excess power offsets the energy you may use at night or when the sun isn’t shining.
Due to higher electricity needs, commercial solar panels and the system sizes are often larger than residential systems. With energy consumption typically highest during the day for businesses, and at peak times for utility rates, solar makes perfect sense for businesses.
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