Residential solar power
Enjoy a snug, energy efficient home while basking in the warmth of electricity generated by your own solar system: yes, it’s possible. If you’re interested in going solar, most homeowners will decide to mount the panels on their roof. Simply cover half a roof in photovoltaic panels, and you can generate 7,500 kWh annually. That is a substantial contribution to meet the average home’s electricity needs.
Agricultural solar power
Solar power offers a high-tech way to supply your own electricity or augment your farm’s income, which helps you to concentrate on your passion for producing food. Why choose to pay for electricity forever when you can replace your power bill with a capital investment that will reduce operating expenses? The opportunity to contribute with clean, sustainable energy is now while rebates are still in effect. Even a small amount of acreage can host a solar panel installation. Use the energy you produce to power your agriculture operations, or sell excess energy back to the electricity company.
Commercial solar power
Businesses and industrial buildings may want to reap the benefits of solar power by mounting photovoltaic panels either on their roof or on the ground.
Warehouses, factories, office buildings, municipal buildings, arenas and other buildings are all excellent locations for solar installations.
- A terrific choice for rural or agricultural areas, ground-mounted panels work well for customers with sufficient land and big electricity bills.
- When placing solar panels on the ground, it’s easy and efficient to point them south, the best direction for sunlight, and orient them to the optimal 45% angle, compared to a roof mount.
- Placing solar panels on the ground may be more energy efficient than a roof mount, however, they can cost more upfront because of power line trenching and piling. The racking typically requires a helical screw or driven piles foundation with c-channel and super purlin construction.
- Depending on the application, micro or string inverters with fixed mount racking will be most suitable for ground mounts.
- A south-facing roof will be the best orientation to catch sunlight. East- and west-facing orientations can also work, while north-facing orientations are not recommended.
- You may wish to replace your shingles before installation, as the output from solar panels is expected to last for 30 years.
- In snowy areas, it’s harder to keep roof-mounted panels clear of snow.
- While the racking depends on the material of your roof, it will often be feet-mounted or use a rail and clamp mounting system. The installation costs may be initially less expensive compared to a ground mount.
- You will use string inverters with smart power point tracking on each individual photovoltaic panel.