The Benefits of Solar Panels

solar panelsCrystalline photovoltaic (PV) modules are the first generation of solar electricity technology.  With a proven track record, Crystalline is the most widely-adopted PV product in the market because it offers the highest sunlight conversion efficiencies, has demonstrated reliability over several decades, is offered at an increasingly competitive price point, and is ideal for roof-mount applications, carports, sunshades, ground-mounts, trackers, and more.  Furthermore, Crystalline panels have rigid, anodized frames with hail-resistant tempered glass, weigh less than 3lbs/sq.ft., and maintain power ratings between 175 and 400 watts.

The benefits of solar panels for your building are undeniable.  Adding Crystalline modules to your building will allow business owners and property managers to take advantage of:

–          Federal income tax credits

–          Utility and state rebates

–          Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)

–          Accelerated depreciation

–          Hedge against future energy price increases

–          Market your building as green and energy efficient

–          Lower your carbon footprint and other environmental attributes

–          Obtain LEED points and increase energy star score

The benefits of solar panels, when used in conjunction with white, reflective roofing are further amplified.  When installed together, solar PV and reflective roofing options:

–          Are more cost efficient than roof-only or solar-only options

–          Maximize all solar rebates and new tax rebates for roof replacements

–          Increase your EnergyStar score

–          Lower utility bills and hedge against rising utility rates

–          Reduce the carbon footprint of your building

Installing solar PV allows you to produce your own power, thus significantly reducing your energy bill.  The amount you save is dependent upon the size of your solar PV system and the electricity used by your business.  Although you will still draw some power from the utility grid, it will be at a lower rate tier.  Solar installers will determine the optimal system based on your utility rate structure to serve your energy needs.  If your solar system produces more electricity than your building can use immediately, your excess power is transferred back to the utility grid and your meter actually spins backwards.  When this occurs, utility companies will pay or credit you for the excess electricity.

Your solar system will be most productive during the peak hours of the day (10am-2pm), when utility rates are at their highest.  However, this is certainly advantageous for building owners as they can sell excess electricity at high peak rates in the afternoon and buy it back during low, off-peak hours at night.  This action is commonly referred to as net metering.

Installing solar PV reduces your electricity bill, conserves natural resources, and lowers the carbon footprint of your building.  Solar panels are low maintenance, very reliable, and highly effective.

Douglass Colony, a company that does commercial roofing in Denver, is pleased to bring you this article on the benefits of solar panels. If you are interested in commercial solar in Denver, be sure to check out their website today.

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