Investing in solar panels for your building is a smart move today. Not only does this create the potential for making savings on energy costs but it’s also a statement of intent when it comes to making a commitment to a greener future. This can be a proactive way to attract clients and customers to your business and a study also found that greener companies have more productive employees. So, solar panels are a positive investment – but how do you ensure that you make the most of the sun in the summer months?
In 2018 there were 709,000 installations of solar panels in the UK and it’s believed that 10 million homes will be equipped by 2020. Although the UK may not seem like the most obvious choice for widespread solar panel installation it actually ranks fourth in terms of photovoltaic systems installed – even above the suntrap that is Spain. Given the rising popularity of solar panels on homes and businesses in the UK, the issue of keeping them clean is becoming increasingly important. So, how do you care for solar panels to ensure that they look, and function, perfectly?
There are many benefits to having solar panels on an office building. Among these are the opportunities to reduce the costs of energy, as well as minimising the negative impact of office operations on the environment. Solar panels can also send a great message to clients and customers when it comes to reinforcing brand values and social responsibility. However, once they’re on your building, solar panels still need to be maintained and cleaned and that’s not something that can be managed by your in-house cleaning team.
Even though spring has been incredibly slow to arrive this year, we think that we must be due a couple of weeks of sunny weather soon (although perhaps this is wishful thinking). If you have solar panels on your commercial property’s roof, then hopefully it will soon be their time to shine! In order to ensure they can perform as well as possible this summer, and capture plenty of energy from the sun, now’s a good time to get them professionally cleaned. So, come on, don’t let the April showers fool you – the sunshine is on its way…
According to the Energy Institute, solar panels are installed on thousands of British homes. The south of England is the best place in the UK for solar technology deployment.
Solar is not the investment it once was; feed-in tariffs have been reduced substantially to just 6 per cent, and that means less payback for homeowners. It’s critical that solar panels work efficiently to maximise the amount of energy that can be harvested.
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Solar panels efficiently convert daylight to electricity. The photovoltaic cells inside the panel shear electrons away from atoms. The cell itself creates electric field that channels those electrons down wires, forming an electrical current we can use to power our homes.