This is a article all about power, solar power that is… I want to talk about businesses and commercial premises, and their potential as proponents of solar energy.
The business world doesn’t seem to regard solar energy as highly as the domestic world – with many more homes having solar paneling than businesses.
It’s fair to say that larger businesses have made use of solar energy technologies, or at least some of them have. But smaller businesses don’t seem to be up to speed, which is a shame – because the savings a small business can make would have more of an impact on their overall costs than a huge corporation that can make up the losses somewhere else. Savings from commercial solar panels mean more to a smaller business, so it stands to reason that they should be more keen to get some.
It’s also about everybody playing their part, I think all businesses should strive to install solar paneling – as it’s fair to say they have more of a responsibility to the general public than individual households, because we keep them afloat. A business should make the same effort to protect the environment as a household, and should also make the same effort to make ethical economic choices – which is what solar paneling is.
How do Solar Panels Actually Work?
Is the sun such a good source of energy?
Please take a look at this great video, it gives a really good explanation of what solar power is and how solar panels work.
Hopefully, you’re already convinced of the merits of solar energy – but if not then take a look, and even if you are then it gives a good overview and you might learn something new.
Business Choices, and Economic Incentives:
Solar panels are a sound business choice, and there are numerous government incentives to give businesses an extra push. Solar energy technologies have been researched for decades, and as a result very efficient panels are being manufactured cheaply.
This saving in manufacture means that purchasing and installing solar panels is a very cost-effective method of saving money, it’s a business choice that makes financial sense. Unlike in the past, the one-off cost of purchasing solar panels is relatively low – and will be recouped much sooner by the savings made through generating electricity. It’s now an economic choice, invest now and save in the future – or don’t and ultimately save nothing, and possibly face increased energy costs from outside suppliers.
It’s a sign of the times that there are so many government schemes that incentivize solar panels. There are a few available, in the UK the Feed in Tarrif (FiT) scheme allows you to contribute electricity you don’t use to the electricity network – which you are paid for.
This is a fantastic scheme, and one heck of an incentive for businesses and homes alike, because the more electricity you generate – the more money you will be paid. It’s just another reason why businesses should opt for solar energy, because they usually operate in premises that are larger than the average house – and will therefore generate comparatively more electricity, and receive more money!
It doesn’t make business sense NOT to do it, and I hope businesses realize the initial investment is now much cheaper than recent years. It’s baffling that the government realizes the potential, whilst the commercial sector lags behind.
New buildings creatively incorporate sustainable technologies, whilst existing buildings lag behind.
This mall in Japan incorporates solar panels into it’s facade.In many new building projects, renewable energy systems are incorporated into the overall design. Overall, new constructions are much more energy efficient than existing ones. However it is reasonable to say that the construction trade is an industry where solar paneling, and other sustainable technologies, are thriving – many people are put off by the aesthetics of solar panels on existing buildings that lack this level of design.
It’s a bit shortsighted to say that existing buildings can’t incorporate this level of design into installing solar panels in a creative way. In any case, they don’t look especially gawdy when installed in the standard way.
What I’m trying to say is that the level of design in new commercial buildings is transferable onto existing ones, and the aesthetic case against solar paneling is quite simply avoided with a small amount of creative thinking. The level of aesthetics achievable is the same, so it’s all about getting the juices flowing – not necessarily constructing a new building.
All In All:
I think it’s clear to see that the business world needs to lead the way in the proliferation of solar paneling, as well as other eco-friendly technologies. The level of responsibility businesses have to the planet should reflect the level of reward they have, that is to say the bigger the reward the bigger the responsibility to ethically and efficiently manage their own impact on the environment.
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