Researchers have accomplished great feats using solar energy. Two years ago, the Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane originally designed by Swiss Explorer and Aeronaut Bertrand Piccard, successfully took flight in the U.S. With the history-making Solar Impulse in mind, questions like, “Do we have the know-how for solar power to be a viable commercial energy source?” and “Is it possible for solar power to go mainstream?” seem a ridiculous.
The answer is obvious (yes!). And, as more businesses openly support and convert to solar power systems, the industry is making it easier to do. Here are a just few reasons why it is simpler than ever to install solar panels and solar panel mounting systems.
New Mounting Systems Suit Your Specific Needs
Years ago, large corporations, small businesses, and anyone in the commercial sector pretty much had one option — to install solar panels on rooftops. If rooftop mounting didn’t make sense or did not suit a business’s particular needs, the company was more or less out of luck. A lot has changed over the past few years.
Today, businesses have options when it comes to installing solar panel systems (with an impressive average lifespan of 30 to 40 years each), mounting supports, and brackets. Businesses can install panels on rooftops, on the ground, or even on exterior walls at a 90 degree angle (although it is best to consult a professional about sun exposure and exactly how much energy this will yield). Flexible panels and/or flexible mounting solutions also make it possible to install solar power systems on rooftops or surfaces that aren’t entirely flat.
There Are More Solar Workers
“Last year, solar added nearly 50% more jobs (31,000) than oil and gas pipeline construction (10,529) and crude petroleum and natural gas extraction (8,688) combined,” according to a Feb. 19 GOOD magazine article. This increase benefits companies looking to convert to solar power for several reasons. First, by converting to solar, businesses support their local economy and ultimately help create more jobs. Second, with more solar workers, companies have more professionals to turn to — and that means more professionals to help with installation, more professionals to answer questions, and more professionals to help business properly maintain solar systems.
For small businesses and large corporations alike, it is easier than ever to install solar power systems. Mounting systems are convenient and flexible, there are more workers to speed along the process, and advanced flex mounting panels are available at an installation rate of just one cent per watt.