Commercial solar panels are becoming an increasingly popular option for Irish businesses looking to reduce their energy costs and become more environmentally friendly.
However, before choosing to install commercial solar panels, it is important to first assess whether they are suitable for your business. There are several factors to consider, including the size of your business premises, the amount of sunlight they receive, and your energy needs.
With this information to hand, you can make an informed decision about whether commercial solar panels are right for your business, and in this article, we aim to help you do just that.
Solar panels allow your business to generate its own electricity, which can provide considerable savings on your energy bills. Solar panels are a relatively low-risk investment, and, in certain circumstances, can even make you money by producing electricity for the grid.
Increasingly important, however, is that commercial solar panels also help to reduce your business’s carbon footprint.
With the world moving towards renewables in the face of the climate crisis, many customers are increasingly interested in doing business with environmentally responsible companies. So investing in solar panels is a great way to make your business more attractive to potential customers and to establish it as a leader in the green revolution.
The Irish government has ambitious plans for the country’s future energy needs, aiming to have 80% of electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. In 2020, 42% of electricity already came from renewable sources, with the majority of this being generated by wind power.
The Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) has called for the government to remove the red tape barriers around the renewable energy process. This includes taking immediate measures to finance insulation, draught-proofing, and installing heating controls in homes. Doing so will help to bring down the rising costs of energy.
There is strong public support for increasing the amount of renewable energy generated by the country. With both wind and solar power being widely available and relatively low-cost options for generating renewable energy, Ireland is well-placed to meet its targets and lead the way in transitioning to a low-carbon economy.
If you’re not sold on commercial solar panels for your business, you might consider some of the benefits:
Commercial solar panels can be installed on any business premises that have a south-facing roof. The roof must also be large enough to accommodate the number of panels required to meet your energy needs.
Your business may need to seek planning permission to install commercial solar panels by applying to your local planning authority.
Under revised regulations for solar panel installations on rooftops of industrial, light industrial and business premises, installations covering the entire roof are exempt from requiring planning permission.
Under the new regulations for businesses, the exemption of 50 square metres or less for the entire development has also been increased to a rooftop limit of 300 square metres.
At Alternative Energy Ireland, our team will carry out a comprehensive survey to ensure that solar panels are the right choice for your business, but here are some of the considerations to keep in mind:
The Non-Domestic Microgeneration Grant scheme can provide grant aid of up to €2,400 for the installation of microgeneration technologies such as solar photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, and biomass boilers. The scheme is open to businesses, farms, not-for-profit organisations, and public sector bodies.
The amount you’ll receive from the grant depends on the standard output from your PV installation. At a minimum, €900 is available for businesses producing 1kWp up to €2,400 for those producing 6kWp maximum. The grant is paid after the system has been installed and all evidence has been submitted.
Once the system is installed, businesses can expect average annual savings of between €2000 and €3000, depending on the size and type of system installed.
Installing solar panels is just one-way businesses can save on energy costs. There are many other products available that can help you to make your business more energy-efficient and reduce your carbon footprint.
Some of the products that can help you save energy include:
At Alternative Energy Ireland, we believe that renewable energy is the key to a sustainable future. We offer our customers a broad range of renewable energy technologies, including solar PV, lighting upgrades and electric car charging.
Our team of experts is committed to providing the highest quality workmanship and customer care, and we are proud to be an Irish-owned company.
We provide solutions to help your business save money and make a difference in the fight against climate change.