Photovoltaic Solar Panels for Community Buildings
PV Solar Community Buildings
Community buildings such as village halls, recreation centres, schools and churches could gain from the installation of solar PV panels. The panels can help decrease the cost of energy bills as they are a source of revenue through the Feed-in Tariff and the income could be used in the upkeep of that building. For example, through the Feed-in Tariff, there are community buildings that have managed to make over £2,300 a year due to generating a total of 5,252 kWh each year and they could continue making the same amount for 25 years. Solar PV panels make a statement that a community is socially responsible and that they are keen on cutting their carbon emissions by creating their own clean energy. Solar panels have proven their efficiency over the past few years, plus they have an estimated life span of up to 25 years or more.
Solar Panel Community Projects
It may be difficult for only one individual to install a solar PV panel system on their own, either because they do not have enough sun exposure or the cost may be too high for them. However, there are people in the UK who have come together with their community to create a solar panel community project that will produce enough electric power for all. By doing so the community can share the costs needed to cover the acquisition of the solar panels, they can also decide on the best location or building on which to install the solar panel system with the help of a solar energy professional. The community will also gain from a reduction in their energy bills by 10-40% subject to the number of households involved.
Installation of Solar Panels
Before PV solar panels are installed, there are a several tasks that a solar panel surveyor should carry out, such as, assessing the structural integrity of the building and roof where the solar panels are to be placed. They should also identify the most appropriate system components for the specific installation and perform an electrical survey. Solar PV panels work at their optimum efficiency when installed facing the sun so it is often suggested that they be mounted on a roof that is south facing.
Benefits of Solar Panels to Community Buildings
Photovoltaic panels are a clever way to generate electricity for school buildings and earn them needed cash from Feed-in Tariffs. They can even be used to generate electricity when the school or community building is closed during holidays and any unused energy can be sold to the national grid for up to 46.4p p/kWh. Government grants or loans can be used to help cover the initial cost of installation and schools can also use solar panels to help students appreciate and understand the importance of renewable energy in society.