Solar Panels: Saving the World whilst Saving you money

Why should I switch to Solar?

There is no doubt that solar panels can have multiple advantages to the average homeowner.

Alongside their various positive effects; in helping to provide an alternative to fossil fuels and adding value to homes and commercial properties, another key benefit of using solar power is the potential to save significant amounts on your annual electricity bills.

Size, Space and Savings

A few things to consider when researching how solar panels can best save you money include:

  • the size and space that you have available
  • how much energy the solar system that you install will be able to produce
  • the expected amount

Doing your sums

The unit used for measuring electricity consumption (and production) is kilowatt hours (kWh). Although there are obvious variations with seasons (including factors such as air conditioning or heating) as well as family size, homes generally use approximately 20kWh per day (solar power consumption and approximate wattage cost calculations generously provided by Adelaide solar company, greenlifesolar.com.au)

If you want to do some initial research without consulting a specific engineer, it’s simple to calculate how you can make solar panels work for you by inputting details including your current electricity bill per quarter into an online solar calculator.

You can then gauge an accurate idea of the exact amount of solar panels you’ll need to reduce your bill as well as learning the size of the inverter you will need.

Solar savings chart

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Estimates for savings are usually based on a household consuming 30-70% of the solar produced over a year. However the remaining solar is not wasted, moreover it can in fact be sold back to the grid.

As a rough guide, a 2.0kW system (requiring 8 panels) could produce up to 14kWh per day in Summer – resulting in annual savings of over $500.

If this was increased to a 5.0kW system which would require 20 panels, production could increase to 35kWh per day in Summer months with annual savings rocketing up to over $2000.

The majority of homes would require, and reap the most benefits, from either a 2kW or 4kW system. For larger homes or more commercial properties, this could be increased to up to 6kW.

The Bottom Line:

By harnessing the maximum amount of solar power possible, the amount available is always kept at an optimum level for usage throughout your home.

This will quickly lead to substantial savings and it is likely that solar systems will pay for themselves efficiently longer term.

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Commercial Solar Systems

It’s no longer just newly built residential homes that are increasingly featuring solar panels as their primary energy source.

Alongside the impressive growth in this area, there is also a wide range of solar systems available on the market aimed directly at commercial purposes.

Who needs a Commercial Solar System?

These can be utilised by larger scale organisations ranging from commercial premises, to farms, hospitals and institutions or associations.

In fact, in many countries including the US, grid tie solar electric systems for commercial businesses are actually the fastest growing sector of the solar market worldwide – with businesses, schools and even government agencies reaping the benefits of solar electricity.

Features and Formats:

As with smaller scale use, there are three main types of photovoltaic solar panels – all of which are based on silicon semi conductors.

These are:

  • Monocrystalline
  • Polycrystalline
  • Amorphous Silicon (Thin Film)

For commercial systems, panels can be structured in a variety of formats – dependent on the space and size of the area available. Companies offering commercial solar systems will usually instruct an engineer to work with the organisation to ensure the most effective installation process.

The Clean Energy Regulator of Australia has more information about the different commercial solar options available for businesses.

Options include:

  • Sloped roof
  • Flat roof
  • Ground mount
  • Carport mount

Why should my business install a commercial solar system?

The dual attraction of installing a commercial solar system includes both the financial and the environmental benefit of reducing the amount of fossil fuels consumed. Although there may be start up costs involved, many of these are open to 100% tax deductible leasing, as well as offering a strong Return on Investment longer term.

By installing a commercial solar system, running costs will be reduced and businesses become instantly more protected against rises in fuel costs.

Power costs can be stabilised meaning companies can also budget more efficiently.

The opportunity for “Green Marketing” is also a huge advantage of switching at least a percentage of energy consumption to solar electricity.

By demonstrating proven reductions in carbon emissions, a company’s green credentials can attract favourable attention from customers, suppliers and industry observers.

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