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A Business’s Guide To Setting Up A Solar Energy System

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For a business, a solar energy system can help lower electricity bills, decrease carbon footprint, and increase business profits. Currently, solar stocks are steadily improving in the market. After all, more people and businesses have already jumped on the bandwagon, which isn’t a bad thing, by the way.

And, as a person who’s already convinced that it’s for you or your business, you want to know how exactly it works and how it’s set up. With this short article, you’ll learn all of those.

Contacting A Professional Contractor

While building your solar energy system might seem like a lovely idea, it’s always recommended that a business’s solar energy system must be designed and constructed by professional contractors. Some of the reasons why you should hire a contractor for the job are the following:

  • They do all the dangerous and odd jobs for you, giving you safety and convenience. Commercial-level solar energy systems can produce vast amounts of electricity, which can seriously threaten you.
  • They have all the tools and equipment to get the job done fast. 
  • They offer a warranty, which can be advantageous if something goes wrong. Note that contractor warranties are often extensive and longer than the warranties you’ll get if you buy the equipment on your own.
  • They can build a solar energy system that people will be impressed with. This can even increase your property’s resale value if that’s important to you.

Click on this link to find more info about how a professional solar energy system contractor is the best choice for getting your solar energy done for your business. 

Evaluate Where The Panels Will Go

Location is critical when setting up your business’s solar energy system. Most solar energy installation companies will often prioritize checking where the panels, batteries, and other related electronics will go. 

Some of the things they will do are the following:

  • Determine if the solar energy you need should be connected to the local grid.
  • Initiate topographical and geological surveys onsite. 
  • Carry out structural evaluations and shadow analyses.
  • Check if a solar system on the site is permitted and backed up with legal documents.

As you may already think, the better the location of the solar energy system, the more efficient it will be. 

Design The Solar Energy System

Once the location is determined and all the necessary checks are done, the solar energy service provider will design your solar energy system. A contractor will consider all the things your system needs to have. For example, they may consider building efficiency and power consumption. 

The design of the solar energy system depends on how large and complex it will be. And once it’s done, they will share the design with the client. The goal here is to give the client an idea of how the system will look on the site, how they will configure it, and how the construction will go. The contractors will also need the design to secure permits, particularly building permits.  

Construct The Solar Energy System

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The site is already approved, and the required documents are secured. The next step will be constructing the solar energy system. And just like the design process, the timetable for the construction will depend on the complexity and size of the solar energy system. For most commercial systems, it may take around two to three months. Of course, depending on the contractor, the process can finish earlier than the usual amount of time.

Also, some contractors may take some time if they are the kind of firm that focuses on sustainable development. Most of them will also prefer to use sustainable materials and avoid any costly material that can be too wasteful for you and the environment.

Start The System

At this point, the contractors should already finish your solar energy system. The testing and commissioning process come next. Some of the things they will check are to know if all the panels are reaching the maximum power they generate. Then they will also make sure that the batteries are also charging. Moreover, if you’re connected to the grid, they will ensure that the excess power can be sent back to the grid to be sold.

Then, the contractor will start finding faults and problems and ensure the system can run independently without any problems.

Conclusion

Those are the steps involved in installing a solar energy system for a business. As you can see, a contractor will do all the work for you. However, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be knowledgeable of the things they need to do for them to install the system for you.


Author’s Bio: Lori O’Donnell is a business consultant and entrepreneur who aims to help female entrepreneurs unlock their business potential. She is also a hands-on mom to twin boys and spends every bit of her free time with them.


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