Plenty of people want to go green and reduce their carbon footprint, both at home and at the office.
One way to do this is to invest in a solar energy system.
However, installing a solar energy system in a home is quite different than adding one at a place of business. And if you’ve been thinking about commercial solar installation, there are a few key differences you need to be aware of.
While residential and commercial solar systems effectively reduce energy costs and save the planet, the installation and implementation processes are not the same. Here at Star Enrg, we work on both residential and commercial solar system installations, so we’re happy to help answer any questions you may have about this. If you already have solar energy in your home and want to use solar at your business, here are some things you should keep in mind.
Commercial solar installation takes more time
While most residential solar energy installation takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, commercial installation takes much longer. Most commercial solar energy installation plans take about six months to a year to complete, depending on the size of the business and construction plans. That said, it’s often well worth the wait.
Residential solar installation costs less but offers less value per watt
Even though residential solar systems can go in more quickly and for less money, they offer less value per watt of energy. This cost difference is due to the electrical panel needed for solar energy conversion. Since homes may vary in size and location, there is a bit more customization required. Most commercial businesses have similar electric panels, so finding this replacement and recouping costs is easier and faster.
Commercial solar installations have more technical aspects
Commercial buildings often have quite a bit more involved than residential buildings. Between layout, ventilation, plumbing, and electrical, finding the right placement for the solar panels and energy converters can get quite complicated. And you will likely need permits in order to build these out. This will vary depending on your city and state, so check with a professional installer before you get started.
Residential solar systems qualify for more financial programs
Even though commercial installation recoups costs more quickly, they qualify for less financial support from financial institutions. That said, there are more green-initiative programs available for businesses than ever before, and depending on where you live, you could potentially qualify for tax credits and other incentives.
Both residential and commercial solar energy can help cut costs
While installation time and cost may vary, both residential and commercial solar energy systems will help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint. And a qualified professional can examine your building to ensure you have the right setup for optimal energy absorption.
If you’re curious to learn more about commercial solar energy options, Star Enrg would love to connect with you. We have years of experience and are dedicated to helping businesses and homeowners alike save money and the planet. Contact us today to learn more!