Are Commercial Solar Panels the Technology of The Future?

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The solar electric system is the modern source of energy that helps in providing opportunities for social and economic development. These systems are being commercialized and preferred over fossil-fired energy generation due to affordability, financing, and ease of access. Businesses and industries have always been vulnerable to changing trends in the energy sector. In addition to this, economic fluctuations and environmental crises also have a major impact such as how the novel Covid-19 pandemic has gravely impacted industries all over the world.

One of the major impacts observed was the rise in electricity prices and the downfall of major economies due to the shutdown of major commercialized industries. These pertinent issues have posed hindrances to the potential of businesses to grow and expand in the market. To minimize the damage caused by these unprecedented circumstances and ensure the successful growth of industries in the coming decade, the booming technology of solar panels is highly reliable.

By utilizing commercial solar panels, industries and businesses can benefit greatly. In this regard, roof solar panel systems serve as an extraordinary method to cut energy costs and generate electricity from a sustainable power source. Solar power has changed the game for electricity generation in the past couple of decades. The question on our minds here is if solar panels are the technology of the future? By this we mean if solar panels can work even in a power outage? Let’s explore this dilemma together:

How does Solar Power Work?

There are two kinds of solar power systems. One is called the on-grid system meanwhile the other is referred to as the off-grid system. The difference between the two is the on-grid solar power system is attached to a grid system that regulates the electricity generation meanwhile the off-grid system functions on its own without the grid’s connection. Most of the house owners with solar power connections tend to opt for the on-grid solar system instead of the off-grid solar system primarily due to the low installation costs, consistently clean and free energy supply.

An on-grid system takes the grid power during the night and transmits the excess solar power into the grid during the day. This proves to be highly beneficial given the inconsistency of solar power in a day. There could be days where more electricity is generated in a day meanwhile on other days it could be highly inadequate. By installing the on-grid system, this issue of inconsistency is tackled. Due to this reason, on a wider scale, commercialized corporations and industries tend to choose on-grid solar power systems.

Solar Power System in a Power Outage

Now, if there is a power outage, then that is a story on its own. With an off-grid system, it wouldn’t be that much of an issue as there are no grids involved but the unreliability of consistent electricity generation makes the off-grid system an unlikely option. With an on-grid system, however, there are still ways that can allow for the solar power system to function in a power outage as enlisted below:

1. Solar Batteries

With advanced technologies today, solar batteries have become the ultimate solution for the generation of electricity in regions where there are poor grid infrastructures or regular power outages.

A solar system that has a battery backup can power some of the appliances when there is a power outage. The functioning of appliances through these batteries depends on the strength of the wiring and the size of the battery back. Although most of the batteries being sold today do offer the option of providing power in a power outage, the downside is that they are highly expensive.

The less expensive options are the traditional solar batteries that cannot power large appliances or even the whole household. Expanding this on a commercial level, then it would be really hard for a business to run in a power outage solely dependent on these batteries. The business would have to incur major costs just to install large enough batteries that can power their structure.

2. Special Inverters

If solar batteries are not a cost-friendly option, then there must be some other way that we could utilize the solar power system in a blackout. Well, to our surprise, yes there is a way! By installing special inverters that allow for there to be a transfer of energy even without access to power grids, we see the ray of sunshine, figuratively and realistically.

Multiple companies offer inverters that have the technology of working in a power outage environment. A single small outlet is made as part of the inverter that provides energy through the sun without the grid.

We see examples of this all over, like SMA calls their special inverter the Secure Power Supply (SPS), while Enphase likes the term ‘Grid Agnostic’ inverters. Another good example of the same is the ‘PV Point’ on the Fronius Primo Gen24 Plus.

To Sum it Up

These inverters are relatively cost-friendly in comparison to solar batteries but the drawback, in this case, is that they can supply energy only during sunlight hours.

For commercialized purposes, it could be beneficial as during the day business hours they can help the structures to function efficiently. In normal circumstances, although outages of larger magnitude are not usually a regular phenomenon, planned and unplanned power cuts of a few hours can always be expected. Thus, in such situations, having a reliable power source like solar makes total sense. Not only this, but the use of solar power also actually attracts business so on a commercial level it can prove to be highly beneficial.

Commercial Solar Panels could be the gateway for businesses to attract new customers that are environmentally conscious and tend to care for the climate. With the rapid climate change and its impact, lessening carbon impressions has become extremely important. By utilizing solar panels on a commercial level, businesses could pull in customers, clients, inhabitants, and representatives who are conscious of the environment and wish to accomplish business or work for organizations that view the wellbeing of the planet appropriately by lessening their dependence on non-sustainable power sources.

Some businesses even utilize the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as one of their missions to further expand their business by partnering with international corporations that hold similar stances concerning climate change. This helps them expand their customer base even more and thus provides them with a larger revenue-generating platform.

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Trilect Solar is a division of Trilect Services, New Zealand’s master electrician since 1997.

We are members of the Sustainable Energy Association of New Zealand (SEANZ) which offers additional peace of mind to our customers.

Trilect Electrical Services is a large electrical service company which is a member of the Master Electricians & Mastercraft network with 40 employees and a 20+ years history of customer satisfaction.

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