What is your company doing to “go green?” If your answer is “Nothing,” you may want to reconsider — and the sooner, the better. More and more U.S. businesses are taking energy efficient initiatives. Neglecting to do so can seriously hurt even the most prestigious company’s reputation.
Of course, reputation and public relations are supremely important — but let’s talk about money. Making the shift to solar power, for example, is not only a smart PR move; it can also significantly reduce or sometimes even eliminate company electric and utility bills. Here is a step-by-step guide to kickstarting a “green” business strategy with solar power.
Step One: Deciding What System Is Best For You
There are two basic types of solar systems: rooftop and ground mounted. There really isn’t a clear consensus on which one is truly better; in fact, it’s a topic that industry professionals continue to debate. The best option is to choose the solar panel mounting systems that are the best fit for your business. Ground mounted solar systems, typically fastened in place at a specific angle by fixed mounts, may work more efficiently. If the area is available ground systems can be installed quite easily without having to deal with special equipment to access the roof.. You also don’t need to remove and re-mount them, should rooftops need repairing or replacing. Rooftops, on the other hand, require no extra land or space, and they are considered the more environmentally friendly option.
Step Two: Get Down To The Nitty-Gritty
You may think installing solar panels is a simple process. Buy the panels, buy the mounting materials, and you’re all set. It’s not necessarily that simple. Of course, having a properly installed solar system and installing it the right way the first time pays off handsomely in the long-run. In order for solar systems to run most efficiently, you need to take geographic location and latitude into account. In some cases, it’s as simple as installing panels at the proper sun angle to maximize efficiency. At other times, it can be significantly more involved. When in doubt, bring in a professional.
Step Three: Enjoy!
Whether you choose rooftop or ground mounted solar systems, they will save you money over time. You will pay less for electricity, and you won’t have to worry about the continually fluctuating price of fuel. On top of it all, you can humbly (or not so humbly) sing your own praises, and make sure customers and clientele know that you’re on the green bandwagon.
Protect your company’s reputation and save a great deal of money with solar panels. It’s important to choose the best panels and mounting system, determine latitude and geographic specifications, and, when you’re through, reap the rewards.