Introduction to commercial applications – why go solar?

by | Jan 20, 2015 | Blog posts, Did You Know?

There is no denying that grid requirements and demand costs of electricity continue to increase.  In commercial applications there are critical loads (component that consumes power – e.g. appliances and lights) that may need to be supported during grid outages.  A number of solutions are available to make up for the loss or unpredictability experienced during these outages. This can include a PV (photovoltaic) or solar solution, where energy from the sun is turned into energy that can be consumed. In addition to making up for outages, there are peak demand charges and peak demand rates that can be expensive to a commercial operation, making alternative forms of energy more attractive to business owners.

In essence, commercial businesses choose alternative energy systems, like solar energy, to address any or all of the following:

  1. Deliver high quality and reliable power to meet the requirement of critical and non-critical loads, especially during grid outages.
  2. Reduce operational cost by reducing the cost of energy use, especially during peak utility demand.
  3. Sell access power back to the utility in locations where utilities will pay for it.

Commercial PV systems vary in size and application, and are subject to regional and national regulations.  Typical applications can include inverters only, or inverters with storage. Very large scale systems may not support energy storage. Smaller systems, on the other hand, can be designed with energy storage.

When it comes to equipment, the combinations can vary from large centralized power plants to smaller localized applications. Different kinds of applications include centralized grid-tie, decentralized, self-consumption, off-grid, and backup power. (Stay tuned for our blog later this week, where we explain the differences between these applications!)

Any commercial business can benefit from the integration of a PV system that is designed and installed to meet solution requirements and applicable regulations.

Power integrity, a reduction in costs, and positive effects on the environment are just some of the benefits of installing a solar solution.