Commercial Solar Panels

Did you know solar panels can help you save money on your commercial property by:

  • Cutting running costs
  • Entitling you to pay outs from the government
  • Reducing carbon emissions

About solar panels

How do solar panels actually work?

The solar cells within the panel absorb sunlight and convert it into safe, usable electricity. This clean energy can be used to power your office or outbuilding.

Does it cost me to use it?

Solar power is the sun's energy and so is absolutely free. Your panel should require little or no maintenance once its been professionally installed.

Will they benefit me as a business owner?

Yes. Solar panels help UK businesses make huge savings on their energy bills. They also significantly lower your carbon footprint, helping you do you bit for the world around you.

How they are used in commercial application

Solar panels can create massive installations capable of supplying electricity for a wide range of commercial uses. Here are some examples:

The large commercial building

Solar panels on The Wolsey National Distribution Centre in Leamington Spa have saved it 1,280 tonnes or carbon a year. This is a huge energy bill saving.

The small business installation

The 15th Century, Grade II listed St Alkmunds Church in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, is an excellent example of a smaller solar project. The 3.96 kWp system has an expected output of around 3,500 kW hours per annum to be used to offset current electricity bills. It’s expected to give an annual saving of £163.68, a payback frame of 6.8 years and a profit of almost £20,000 over 20 years.

The solar farm

The project at Wymeswold Airfield, near Loughborough, cost a staggering £35mfor more than 130,000 panels. However, it is also expected to produce emission free energy for 8-9,000 homes for 25 years.

If you are interested in a solar installation, you can get up to four quotes from trusted MCS accredited installers for you to compare.

Making money from commercial solar panels

But just how much money can you actually make?

Well, the Wolsey project, with a payback period of just 6.8 years, is expected to generate £6.5 million over 20 years with the Government’s Feed In Tariff (FiT) for commercial buildings. This might be a bigger project than you had in mind, but it certainly gives you an idea of how great an investment solar panels can be.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) introduced FiTs in April 2010 to encourage businesses and households to invest in solar panels. Not only will your energy supplier pay you a set rate for each unit (or kWh) of electricity you generate, but you will get a further 4.77p/kWh for each unit you export back to the electricity grid. Basically, you can sell any electricity you create, but don't use.

Note that in the future, smart meters will be installed for systems above 30kWp to measure exactly what you export, but until then it is estimated as 50% of the electricity you generate.

The cost of your commercial solar system

Commercial solar panel systems in the UK can range in price, depending on the power and configuration requirements.

Commercial solar panels will usually be set up as a solar panel system with anything up to and above 1000 solar modules interconnected to achieve a specified power output. In the UK it will cost as little as £10,000 for a small business, up to and above £100,000 for larger installation applications.

However, the recuperation of these costs can be well worth the investment and that’s on top of the huge energy bill savings you’ll gain by producing free solar power.

If you are interested and would like some more information, read Commercial Solar Panel Systems or complete the form at the top of the page.

If you want to find out more, then get in touch with our experts, who are happy to discuss all the options, benefits and information available to you. You can do this by completing the form at the top of the page.

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