The most frequently asked questions
What type of system should I invest in?
This is dependent upon many factors: how much sun or wind you have in your area, the orientation of your building, the amount of energy you will need, and the amount of space you have available for equipment. There are also zoning laws for your area to consider.
Beginning with your needs, you should first determine whether you want to generate electricity, or to heat water for your building.
Are there disadvantages to using solar energy?
Solar energy technologies often have a higher "first cost." This means that a person is likely to pay more money up front to purchase and install a solar system. Still, in nearly all cases, the high initial cost is recovered through substantial fuel savings over the life of the product (15-30 years).
Can I use photovoltaics (PV) to power my business?
PV systems can be blended into virtually every conceivable structure for commercial buildings. You will find PV being used outdoors for security lighting as well as in structures that serve as covers for parking lots and bus shelters, generating power at the same time. Indoors, PV systems are used to offset and operate all kinds of electrical systems, including lights, cooling systems, and appliances.
Today's modules can be built into glass skylights and walls. Some resemble traditional roof shingles. Architects can use building-integrated PV to design buildings that are environmentally responsive, aesthetically pleasing, and produce their own power. Building-integrated PV provides a dual-use building material, reduces PV system costs by using the building as the mounting or support structure, and reduces utility bills through on-site power production.