Going Green: The Benefits of Solar Roofing for Your Commercial Building
Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” If you have been thinking of going green for your business, you may need to know about the benefits of solar roofing.
There are numerous ways to make your company greener. You can start a recycling program, provide filtered drinking water to reduce waste from bottled water or organize a company carpooling system. To make a really big impact on your environmental footprint, you should consider solar roofing. Learning about the many benefits may make your decision much easier.
What solar roofing can do for your business?
Lower the operating costs
Everyone is looking to save money these days and solar roofing is a smart option. It can significantly lower your electricity bill and could even allow you to eliminate it altogether. Whether your business is large or small, you will pay less for electricity than you are paying now. It also protects you from fluctuating energy prices. The money you save can be used for other areas of your business.
Give you a sound return on your investment
With the instant savings you get from going solar, you will begin to recoup the cost right away. Also, now that the cost of solar panel installation has decreased, it’s more affordable for any business. Over their lifetime, solar panels will produce far more energy than they consume during the manufacturing process. When you add government incentives and potential tax write-offs, this means that there has never been a better time to consider solar roofing. There are not many other investments that can match all the benefits and positive returns of solar panels.
Help reduce your energy consumption
By essentially producing your own energy, you are doing your part to reduce our country’s use and reliance on coal, gas and oil. There is no effect on the environment or global warming from radioactive materials and greenhouse gases. Research shows that even a one kilowatt system will prevent more than a ton of greenhouse gases from reaching the atmosphere over the course of a year. A 10 kilowatt system will purge more than 20,000 pounds of pollution from the air and ground and conserve thousands of gallons of water. With a lifespan of approximately 40 years, this means your solar roof panels will remove almost a million pounds of toxic waste and save half a million gallons of water. Just in case you are counting, that equates to over 4 million bottles of water.
Enhance customer good will
Today’s customers are savvier and more knowledgeable than ever before. They expect to see social consciousness from companies and hold businesses accountable for their actions (or lack of action). Solar roofing is a visible symbol of your commitment to sustainability and a smaller carbon footprint. Companies that have received the “green” label are rewarded with a more positive customer response, increased business and a boost to their reputation. It’s also a smart public relations and marketing tool that will give you a jump on the competition.
Offer a scalable energy system
As your business and needs change, solar roofing panels can change with you. Often, as a business grows, you will require more people and more power. With traditional energy systems, this typically necessitates a major system overhaul. Solar panels use modular components, so you can easily upgrade with additional panels to match your needs.
Provide an energy source that you don’t have to worry about
Solar roofing basically takes care of itself. Once installed, they are virtually maintenance free. Best of all, it’s also silent. You will have clean, worry-free energy that can last for approximately 40 years. Since most solar panels also come with a 25 year warranty, this will reduce any apprehension you may have about costs over benefits.
Make profitable use of available space
If you have a large roof that is not being used for anything, then this is just wasted space. Instead, make it work for you by installing solar panels. Then, not only will you be generating enough power to operate your business now, but you will also be able to harness that energy and store it for future use. On especially sunny days, your panels can contribute additional energy to the power grid. Then, on days when it’s cloudy, you can still use the energy you’ve built up as credit to continue to operate your business. What’s more, if your solar panels produce enough energy, there is the possibility to sell it back to the local utility company, meaning your investment can actually put money back in your pocket.
What you need to know about solar roofing
It’s a long term commitment – you should plan to stay in your building for at least the next 15 years. There is more to it than just the immediate cost per kilowatt savings. When considering the overall costs and savings, you must look at all the different issues in the long term such as environmental effects, reputation, fiscal strategy, sustainability and the lifecycle of your facility.
It’s best to find ways to maximize your investment – since solar power can save you money, you should try to save as much as possible. You may want to get an energy audit before you get started to look for ways to achieve additional savings. This way, your solar panels will provide you with the greatest value.
You should only trust your system to a top quality solar panel company – you wouldn’t choose a mechanic for your car or an attorney for your business that didn’t have the necessary experience and training for your specific needs. Beware of fly-by-night solar panel companies that have no local reputation or connection to the community. Make sure the company you choose has the right credentials and references. Most importantly, look for accreditation from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. It’s vital to find a solar panel installer that will stick around for the long haul.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall