There’s a lot that goes into running a business. There’s the office set-up, maintaining client relations, office location, even what accounting software you use, with all areas carefully weighed against the impact on the bottom line. But one area that’s worth giving a bit more time and attention to is your roof, and specifically if you can – and should – get some solar panels.
Solar power for residential properties gets plenty of time in the sun, but what about those looking to turn their commercial property into something a bit more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective? Find out all you need to know about commercial solar power with this Canstar Blue guide.
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Solar Power for Businesses
Getting solar power for your business is like getting solar for your house, although just on a bigger scale. While your location and exposure to the sun will be the main contributor as to whether your premises are suitable for solar panels, other factors such as the upfront installation costs and the structural integrity of your roof will also come into play. Below is a deeper dive into what areas businesses should consider when it comes to utilising solar power.
What to consider when getting solar for your business
Before taking the plunge into the solar market, there’s a few areas that your business will have to consider, including:
- Roof Size & Strength: Considering some businesses have plenty of roof space, you might be able to fit plenty of solar panels as a result. However, the structural integrity of your roof may not be able to support it all, meaning you may have to cut back on the number of panels.
- System Size: If you have plenty of space for solar panels, you’ll have to consider the size of your solar power system as well, with larger systems needing specialised installers and additional support to ensure they work with the grid. This can be worked out with your installer, but worth keeping in mind when it comes to the upfront cost.
- Panel Type: Commercial solar panels are generally larger than residential panels as they generally look to cover more roof space, but you’ll also have to consider if you opt for a flat panel, or if you need to put your panel at an angle. And if you can’t install on the roof, ground-mounted systems may be worth considering.
- Council Approval & Permits: Depending on your local and state government requirements, you may need to seek council approval …….