Over the past number of years solar panels have become more and more popular amongst homeowners as a way to save money over time, increase the value of their home substantionally and do their part to try and make the world a better place with less dependency on foreign oil. It is not only homeowners that can benefit from the installation of solar panels though. In fact, it seems that if you look at basic energy consumption and who would have the most to gain from solar power, businesses and apartment complexes would be at the top of the list.
There are of course a number of companies that are making the steps and working to install solar panels on their building. This makes a lot of sense since companies usually have at least one large building if not multiple and with so many people working inside, businesses are usually a huge consumer of electricity. Since companies always have to be aware of their bottom line, using solar panels to reduce the monthly cost of powering the company can be a huge help. The only problem with installing solar panels for a company is that there are usually a number of different people that the idea has to get past before a solid yes or no decision can be made. If someone approaches it right though and works to convince the management how helpful solar panels can be to the company, it is usually not too difficult to sell.
The other place that solar panels are really helpful is apartment buildings. With how many people are packed in a single apartment building and how much electricity is then used to power all of those apartments there is no way that an apartment complex could feasibly collect all of their energy needs purely from solar panels but if all of the solar power was combined from the tops of each of the buildings it could add up to at least power a portion of the whole complexes needs or even be used to power any community spaces like the complex gym or pool. It is not much compared to the whole scope of power that is used in an apartment complex but when running something of that size even a little bit of help can make a big difference. Plus there are so many tax credits and government grants out there right now for any individual or company that wants to install solar panels that realistically there is far more room for savings than expenses. Within no time the company would be on the track to saving money every month with a reduced electricity bill, which we all like to see.
If you own either a business or an apartment complex, call up your local solar power company and ask if the two of you could do a quick run through on the costs and savings analytics of the process to see if solar panels are something that could work to be a huge benefit for your company.