Commercial Solar Panels
solar panels are much larger applications of solar arrays than those
that are found on houses. They are often mounted on the top and sides
of large, multi-storied buildings. Because they are often such large
arrays the price of the panels and installation is astronomically high,
especially since the best places to install the panels are hard to get
to and dangerously exposed.
The high cost of installing commercial solar panels is slightly offset
by tax rebates and government grants, but the majority of these systems
that are being installed are being paid for by large solar panel manufacturing
and installation companies. They pay for the initial cost of the panels
and install them for free, but in return they lease the power back to
the building at a lower rate than the power company charges. This allows
buildings to be converted to solar power at very little, or no cost
to the owner of the building. They don’t own the panels, and the
power is still not free but it is an improvement over coal fired power
plants because there are no emissions.
Commercial solar panels can offset a power bill by over 60% in most
cases. Some arrays are big enough to power entire buildings, but most
only cover a certain portion of power used, the rest still comes from
traditional sources. As solar power increases in popularity and panels
become more efficient, less and less power will have to be generated
at a plant until eventually they will close their doors or convert to
renewable energy sources.