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Pros and Cons Of Using Solar Panels For Your Building

 January 11, 2018  /  Comments Off on Pros and Cons Of Using Solar Panels For Your Building

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The drive to use renewable and clean energy is being pushed worldwide. We all know that fossil fuels are a limited resource and will soon run out. Countries are looking for ways and means to use renewable energy, not only to have an alternative to fossil fuels as an energy source, but to look for resources that are friendlier to the environment.

Pros and Cons Of Using Solar Panels For Your Building

One of the most popular sources of renewable energy is our sun. The sun, after all, is always there, and will continue to be there for many years. Solar energy has become more accessible to many over time, and some homes have adapted its use.

If you are thinking of installing solar panels in your commercial building, you must weigh the pros and cons that come with it. Being informed will help you make the decision to go solar or not.

The Pros

Here are the benefits of installing solar panels in your building.

  • It can decrease your electric bills.

By installing solar panels in your building, you generate your own electricity, using energy from the sun. You become less dependent on your electric utility provider. A typical solar panel system can last up to 30 years, so you can save on your electric bills for a very long time.

  • It reduces your carbon emission footprint.

Solar panels make use of renewable energy from the sun. It makes use of clean energy, which means it does not have any damaging effects to the environment.

On the contrary, by using solar panels as your alternative source of energy, you are helping the environment. You are cutting dependence from fossils fuels produced outside the country, reducing your carbon footprint.

  • It gives you control over rising energy costs.

The cost of solar panels has decreased, making it more accessible to many. The cost of electricity, however, increases over time. By going solar, you gain control over your rising electric utility bills.

  • It can pay you money.

Not only does solar energy help you save money on your electric usage, it also pays you money. In some states, incentives are paid and you are compensated for the electricity that your solar panel system generates.

The Cons

Now, let us go to the negative part. Here are the cons of having solar panels in your building.

  • The initial cost can be intimidating to some.

Installing solar panels will still cost you money. The up-front cost is not something that everyone can afford.

  • Solar panels are not compatible with all roof types.

Solar panels are installed using a mounting system to the roof. If you are still in the construction stage of your building and you are planning to use solar energy, make sure it is incorporated in your building plan. Having skylights and rooftop decks, for example, can make installing solar panels more costly and difficult.

  • If your electricity costs are low, your savings through solar energy will be low too.

Simply put, if your electric bill is low to begin with, the savings you get from using solar energy may not be able to compensate your up-front installation costs.

The cons in installing solar panels should not be a barrier in your initiative to move to the use of renewable and clean energy. Contact a professional commercial builder to help you in your shift to solar energy.

Written by Hubert Builders, a full service commercial construction company in Columbia, MO.

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  • Published: 3 months ago on January 11, 2018
  • Last Modified: January 11, 2018 @ 12:06 pm
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