If you’re running a business and considering the idea of solar energy, it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin. You may notice that a lot of solar energy companies offer large systems under their commercial services. They can range anywhere between 10 kW and 100 kW in size. If you’re running a small business, you may be able to get by with a 5 kW solar panel. Before you dive into getting quotes, it’s worth learning more about whether this is feasible.
5 kW solar systems produce a decent amount of energy
Although 5 kW solar systems are at the smaller end of our product range, they still generate a decent amount of energy. Assuming your business is in an area with at least five hours of sunshine per day, you could produce 350 to 850 kWh per month.
Even if the 5 kW solar panel doesn’t cover all your energy costs, there’s still a chance it could cover most of them. As a result, your business will have lower overheads for the years you depend on solar power.
The size of your business matters
Typical commercial solar systems are created on the assumption that they’ll serve large businesses with significant energy consumption. But as you likely know, not all businesses blast their way through significant amounts of energy. If you’re running a business with low energy consumption, such as a book shop or a small retail outlet, you may use less than a lot of people use in their homes.
Making small changes to how your business uses energy increases your chances of using a 5 kW solar system to cover all or most of your energy usage. For example, you could rely more on natural lighting than bulbs. When you do use bulbs, making sure they’re LED rather than incandescent goes a long way too.
Appealing to the green market
The benefits of adding a 5 kW solar system to your business include more than saving money on your energy bills. They extend to the way you market your business too. A growing number of people are choosing to use businesses that remain environmentally conscious. Even adding a 5 kW solar panel to your building gives you the chance to advertise yourself as an eco-friendly organisation.
In addition to appealing to the green consumer market, you’ll have an easier time networking with other business owners who take the same approach. Over time, becoming a part of the green business niche could help you attract more customers.
Don’t be afraid to go bigger
If a 5 kW solar panel doesn’t cut it or if you’d like to cover more of your energy usage, don’t be afraid to go bigger. At Arise Solar, we install 6.6 kW solar panels throughout Australia too. They’re ideal for busy homes and small businesses. If you find that 6.6 kW produces excess energy, you can always add battery storage and return it to the grid.
At Arise Solar, we help businesses throughout Australia discover the benefits of solar energy. If you want to know more about our products, contact us.