Solar Panels for Commercial Use
More and more businesses in the UK and around the world are switching to solar power for many different reasons. The Government is definitely encouraging it, as being kinder to the environment is a top priority right now, with the increase in global warming and climate change in recent years. There are both financial and reputational benefits of a company using solar power to source their energy, so it can be an attractive proposition.
The Financial Benefits of solar Energy for Businesses
If a business sets up a solar panel system, they may become eligible for various grants and rebates. The Government has set up a Feed In Tariff schemes, where the user or business is paid back for every unit of energy that they produce via their solar panels. Any excess may even be able to be sold back to the National Grid, which will help to produce some extra income, as well as not wasting any energy not used. Various tax rebates are also available. These schemes enable a business to earn some extra money back and help maximise their income against expenditures, which is especially important in the current economic climate. Solar panels are also easy and fairly cheap to maintain, meaning they can be very cost effective compared to other sources of energy, which are mainly non-renewable and high in demand, so prices can be expensive. Businesses that use solar energy are seen as more environmentally friendly than those that do not, so may appeal to the public over competitors, meaning a boost in sales.
The Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy for Businesses
There are many environmental benefits of using solar energy, because it does not produce any harmful gases, such as carbon dioxide. It simply uses rays from the sun, which is a natural source, to generate into electricity. This also makes it better for people’s health, as the air is less polluted. Another main advantage is that it is renewable, so for as long as the sun exists in the sky, solar energy will be readily available. It does not even matter that it is a cloudy, cold or rainy day, as the panels will still work in daylight, throughout the year. Non-renewable sources of energy, such as fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) are rapidly being depleted, and soon may not be available any longer. This is why switching to other renewable sources of energy is becoming very important these days.
Some advantages of solar energy don't categorically fit into either financial or environmental benefits, but are definitely worth taking into account. Solar panels can be easy to set up and are widely available these days, with most electricity suppliers offering solar. The energy is produced onsite, making it more convenient.