Solar energy is produced by the sun and can be harnessed like other types of energy to run homes, businesses and public agencies. The best part about solar energy is that it is free, renewable, and environmentally-friendly. Solar energy has always been vital to our planet – humans, plants, and animals all use solar energy in one way or another. As costs come down and savings are realized, homeowners and businesses owners alike are using solar power in new and bigger ways.
Reasons to Consider Solar Power for your Business
Solar Power can Reduce or Eliminate Electricity Bills
Electricity bills are ongoing, unpredictable and will rise with inflation. Solar power is free. With solar power, your electricity bill can be reduced or eliminated as the solar power system offsets the grid power that you use. The meter runs forward when you use electricity, and backward when you generate electricity. The more electricity that your solar panels generate, the more your electricity bill will be reduced.
Solar Power Generates a Good Return on Investment
The cost of solar panels have decreased 70% since 2009 and some are predicting they will keep dropping on a smaller scale. Even with the decreasing costs, installation of solar panels can still be expensive. But often there are federal tax credits, state incentives, and rebates available to help offset the cost. With the decreased solar panel costs and the government incentives and rebates often available, it doesn’t take long to see an ROI with solar panels.
Solar Power Helps your Company to be “Green”
Unlike gas and coal, solar energy is renewable, clean and sustainable. Solar power does not pollute our air or contribute to global warming. For many businesses, being “green” and making environmentally-friendly decisions is important to their business goals. The Bardessono Hotel and Spa, located in Yountville, California, in the heart of the Napa Valley region, is LEED Certified. As part of their LEED Certification, they have installed a solar powered trash compactor and cardboard baler as part of their sustainable practices. The Bardessono Hotel knows that having an environmentally-friendly plan and image is not only good for the environment but great for business, too.
Solar Power is Low-Maintenance
Solar panels are very reliable and require little maintenance once they are installed and optimized. Unlike other energy sources, solar panels are not loud or obtrusive. Many solar panels carry a 25-year warranty and many companies say to expect a 30-year lifespan. Even though solar power can be affected by night, location, and weather, solar energy is abundant.
Renewable Energy For Your Business?
If you are thinking about utilizing renewable energy sources for your small business, including solar, consider reading this helpful post, entitled, “Guide To Renewable Energy For Small Businesses” at bionic.co.uk.
Harmony Enterprises, Inc. makes trash compactors and balers for waste and recycling, some which are powered by solar panels! Our balers are used to compact recyclables: everything from aluminum cans to cardboard and textiles. We also provide industry leading customer service and warranty options as part of a total global solutions approach. We care about the environment and are always working toward making the earth a greener, more sustainable place for generations to come. If you are interested in learning more about our waste management and recycling products and solar power integration, please contact us here or call us at (507) 886-6666.