When businesses research moving over to renewable energy, they can often be overwhelmed by all the new information and statistics. The most convincing point usually centers around finding how much of a positive impact solar energy and solar panels can have on the environment.
With the green movement and environmental advocacy being a major topic of concern as of 2022, using solar panels to produce your energy and electricity is a significant step to becoming more sustainable and green.
But what exactly is solar energy, and how will it help you and your business become more sustainable?
Contrary to other solar power providers, Constant Energy doesn’t require you to invest in any of the technology yourself. We achieve this using commercial solar power purchase agreements and large rooftop solar installations.
What is Solar Energy?
Essentially, solar energy is the radiation produced from the sun’s light and heat. The difference between solar energy and solar power is that solar power is the actual conversion of the solar energy generated by the sun into electricity.
As the climate and amount of sunlight in each place on Earth is different, this will also mean that the solar energy you receive in various areas of Earth will obviously vary. But don’t worry if you are in an area with less sunlight than others; solar technologies can still gather enough solar radiation to turn into clean energy.
Solar technologies convert the sun’s energy into electricity using photovoltaic (PV) panels or concentrated mirrors. This renewable energy can be used to generate power or stored in batteries or thermal storage.
How Much Energy Do Solar Panels Produce?
If going green is one of your primary motivators, remember there is more than just looking towards a more sustainable and green future for the planet and your business; producing your own electricity means you will also be saving some extra dollars.
On average, in the United States, one single solar panel could generate about 2 kWh per day, saving an average of 0.36USD (12.01THB) on your electricity costs per day. Bear in mind that this is just for one panel. Now imagine your savings after capitalizing on your industrial rooftop space. After switching to solar power, some of our long-term clients have enjoyed up to 25% savings on their previous electricity bills.
How Many Solar Panels Do I Need To Power a Factory?
It is estimated that the typical home would need 20-25 solar panels to cover 100% of its electricity usage. Even though you would probably need more than this to power a business or a factory, you will save at least a few hundred dollars per month, depending on how many solar panels you install.
As Constant Energy absorbs the cost of solar panels, installation, and construction, we have a minimum rooftop space requirement of 5000sqm. This free installation helps our clients benefit from solar energy from day one of their solar power plant’s launch, using long-term partnership commitments using commercial rooftop solar PPAs.
You can estimate how much money, CO2 emissions, and trees you can save with the interactive slider on our home page.
Why Is It Important to Conserve Energy?
Energy is a massive part of our everyday lives, and it is doubtful that most of us go a day without using any energy.
Some ways we constantly use energy in our everyday lives include:
- Switching on lights
- Cooking food on a stove
- Use of home appliances
- Use of air conditioning and heating
- Operating factory machinery and industrial equipment, and so much more.
However, the sad fact is that using an excessive amount of energy can be very expensive and harmful to the environment. This is why conserving energy and reducing consumption are essential. Using solar energy is a significant way to help save energy and reduce carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels.
Constant Energy focuses on larger industrial businesses and factories as their ample rooftop space allows us to make the most significant short-term impact in our joint fight against global warming.
How Much Energy Do Solar Panels Save?
Producing energy often involves burning coal and fossil fuels, releasing different gasses and toxins into the environment. We release a harmful array of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and more hazardous air pollutants. Excessive amounts of CO2 contribute to the rise of global warming. These pollutants also contaminate the quality of the air we breathe, which can lead to painful infections and diseases across the community.
As producing renewable energy from solar panels doesn’t involve burning fossil fuels, you will help decrease carbon emissions and improve air quality. As an individual or business, installing and using solar panels will reduce your carbon footprint and set you on a path to become greener.
Although manufacturing solar panels will require some water, solar energy requires little to no water to operate. In contrast, burning fossil fuels and coal require a significant amount of water for cooling and will cause water pollution. So, besides not creating harmful air pollution, solar power also won’t strain any local water supplies.
How Long Do Solar Panels Last?
According to SolarPower Europe’s ‘Global Market Outlook for Solar Power’ report, the global solar market is expected to increase by 25% to 203 GW in 2022. This is the first time annual PV installations are forecasted to cross the 200 GW level.
However, these solar panel installs do not last forever. The industry standard is that they will last 25-30 years. This doesn’t necessarily mean they will stop producing energy after 25 years, but the amount of electricity they are able to produce will decrease as the panels degrade. Even if your panels need renewing after 25 years, imagine the highly reduced amount of carbon emissions and electricity costs!
High-quality equipment and installations will absolutely make a difference. Have a look at some of the solar projects led by Constant Energy here.
What Are Solar Panels Made Of?
Solar panels are made up of a few components: frames, silicon cells, conductors, and polymer-based materials. The frames are typically aluminum, and the cells are silicon. Conductors are usually made of copper, and the back sheet and film are either polymer or plastic-based materials.
Even though the manufacturing process can involve some hazardous chemicals, the United States, as an example, has environmental laws that regulate the use and disposal of hazardous materials. This ensures they are handled correctly and aren’t released into the environment.
Join us as more companies aim to become more eco-friendly and work towards a more sustainable future for you and our planet.