Solar power is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after forms of renewable energy as the global community works toward a greener and more environmentally responsible future. Businesses that decide to make the investment in commercial solar installation stand to gain a variety of advantages from utilizing solar energy, in addition to the positive effects that solar power has on the natural world.
In this blog article, we will discuss the beneficial effects that commercial solar energy can have on the surrounding environment, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which companies can make a difference by switching to solar power.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
One of the most significant environmental benefits of commercial solar energy is that it helps to reduce a business’s carbon footprint. The combustion of fossil fuels results in the emission of carbon dioxide as well as a number of other compounds that contribute to the warming of the planet. These emissions are the primary cause of climate change. By generating electricity from the sun, businesses can reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and, in turn, decrease their carbon emissions.
By installing solar panels on commercial buildings, businesses can generate their electricity and reduce their reliance on the grid. This means that less energy is being generated from fossil fuels, which results in fewer carbon emissions. Additionally, commercial solar installations often have a long lifespan and require minimal maintenance, which means that they continue to provide clean energy for many years.
Lowering Energy Costs
In addition to reducing carbon emissions, commercial solar energy can also help businesses save money on their energy bills. While the initial cost of installing solar panels can be high, the long-term benefits of commercial solar can be significant. Businesses have the ability to generate their own electricity by having solar panels installed on their property, which lowers their reliance on the grid and the expenses associated with that dependence.
Another way that commercial solar installations can help businesses cut costs of electricity is by selling excess energy back to the grid through energy riders (formerly called net metering). APS has a few energy rider options including EPR-6, EPR-2, and E-56R. With the help of energy riders, companies are able to receive credits for the surplus electricity that is generated by their solar panels. When the solar panels are not generating enough energy, these credits will offset the cost of the power being drawn from the grid at that time.
Furthermore, many states and municipalities offer tax incentives and rebates for businesses that invest in renewable energy, such as solar. These incentives can help to offset the initial cost of solar installation and provide a faster return on investment.
Improving Public Image
Investing in commercial solar energy can also help to improve a business’s public image. Consumers are increasingly interested in conducting business with companies that are actively working to lessen the negative effects of their operations on the surrounding environment as environmental consciousness spreads around the globe. Businesses that make investments in solar energy are able to demonstrate their dedication to sustainability and attract customers who place a value on being responsible stewards of the environment.
In the photo below, you can see a commercial solar carport installation in Phoenix at a Target shopping center. These are becoming increasingly popular for businesses throughout Arizona. The business benefits from the offset in energy costs and the customer gets shade and protection for their vehicles – a win-win!
Furthermore, businesses that invest in renewable energy are often viewed as forward-thinking and innovative, which has the potential to set them apart from their rivals in the market. In today’s competitive market, a positive public image can be a significant advantage for businesses of all sizes.
Supporting Sustainable Energy
Finally, investing in commercial solar energy supports the growth of sustainable energy. As more businesses invest in solar energy, the demand for renewable energy sources increases, which drives innovation and growth in the solar industry. This, in turn, helps to make solar energy more affordable and accessible for businesses and consumers alike.
In addition, businesses can contribute to the reduction of the demand for fossil fuels and the promotion of the use of energy sources that are cleaner and more sustainable if they engage in environmentally friendly forms of energy. This has far-reaching environmental benefits, including improved air quality and reduced dependence on finite resources.
How Solar Helps Reduce the Environmental Impact of Fossil Fuels
By replacing fossil fuels with solar energy, we can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases are a major contributor to global warming, and their reduction is critical in combating climate change.
When looking at the chart below, you’ll see that 27% of greenhouse gas emissions are from producing power. Imagine how much cleaner our air and healthier our earth would be if we could reduce or even eliminate that!
The traditional electricity generation methods that contribute to making up that 27% are by coal power plants. In order to generate electricity, a power plants burns coal. Not only are there tons of emissions produced by burning the coal, but the train cars that bring in the coal are also producing emissions. Did you know, the average coal power plant uses 90 train cars of coal every single day? That is SO MUCH carbon emissions!
Unlike coal power plants, solar energy does not produce any emissions that can harm air quality, unlike fossil fuels. This is why solar energy is often referred to as “clean energy”. Burning coal, oil, and natural gas can release sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and other pollutants into the air. These pollutants can contribute to smog, acid rain, and respiratory problems. This pollution is very harmful to our health, and it can even travel over a hundred miles downwind!
Commercial solar panel systems can help offset a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. To put it into perspective, a 1 Megawatt Solar Panel system (Watt Masters has installed several multi-megawatt solar panel systems) offsets 190 metric tons of carbon dioxide in a year, the equivalent of removing 80 cars worth of emissions each year!
In conclusion, businesses that are interested in lowering their negative effect on the environment and saving money on their monthly energy bills can take advantage of the many benefits that commercial solar energy has to offer.
By investing in solar energy, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint, lower their energy costs, improve their public image, and support the growth of sustainable energy. Solar power for commercial use is an excellent choice to take into consideration if you own a company and want to reduce your company’s negative effect on the environment while simultaneously lowering your monthly energy costs.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about installing commercial solar at your place of business, Watt Masters is one of the first and most experienced commercial solar companies in Arizona – give us a ring, we’d love to help you!