HOW IT WORKS: Photovoltaic (PV) cells are made of special materials such as polysilicon. When sunlight hits a solar cell, some is absorbed within the semiconductor material. As light energy transfers to the semiconductor it breaks electrons loose, allowing them to flow freely and efficiently convert direct sunlight into electricity for DC power generation.
There are many companies throughout the U.S. which specialize in utility-grade solar power for commercial buildings of all types. For many small to mid-size manufacturers, this technology is a great opportunity to generate your own electricity, eliminate utility costs, take advantage of numerous subsidies and help save the environment. In many states, like in California, in 2013 manufacturers will have to comply with reducing wastes and energy consumption at a substantial level.
The first step, when considering a commercial solar system, is to perform a utility spend and cost/benefit analysis. The Energy Audit is a value assessment and technology road map to evaluate if implementing a solar, or any Green Tech energy saving system, makes financial sense for a facility and then later consider taking large-scale facilities entirely off the grid, or remain grid connected. The goals of the energy audit are to verify each site’s ability to produce power, set the logical order of proposed energy solutions and prove the overall financial viability of the project. The audit may indicate that a solar system is not right for your needs at the current moment but at least you will know where you stand.
Many projects are now making financial sense and with our 5, 7 and extended 20 year lease financing programs, for companies that qualify, letting your rooftop sit empty is a complete waste of a potentially valuable resource.