When you begin researching the possibility of installing a commercial solar panel, you’ll quickly realize the future is looking bright. Solar panels provide environmental, social, financial and energy benefits. After you’ve made a commitment to switch to solar, you’re going to wonder what to do next?
The time and installation process will vary on the type of system you’re getting. For instance, a rooftop system on commercial buildings takes much less time to install than a solar carport project.
Irrespective of which system you opt for, you can expect the following steps:
1. Due Diligence
To ensure your commercial solar panels are installed correctly, advanced planning or due diligence is required. This includes:
- A physical evaluation of the site. This can be a structural evaluation of the building, geological or a topographical survey of the proposed location
- Legal evaluation of the reports to confirm whether it’s okay to build.
- Assessment to find a suitable place to hook the system into a power grid.
2. Commercial and Engineering Panel Design
In this phase, initial plans and conceptual ideas are formalized. From early designs, we can determine where to install the panels and to finalize exactly what will occur during the construction phase. You will be expected to evaluate permit drawings that will be needed to obtain several building permits. At the end of this phase, you’ll likely appraise construction drawings including the blueprints for a commercial panel installation.
3. Solar Panel Commissioning and Construction
Although it depends on the type of project, building and installing the commercial panels may take up to five weeks. Complex instalments can take up to three months. You can also expect periodic interruptions in your organization’s routine. For instance, your employees may have to locate alternative parking sports or adjust to temporary power shut-offs. These inconveniences can be reduced with a thought-out plan.
Following construction, commissioning is next. It’s the final go ahead from the solar provider who will confirm that your installation went according to plan and within standard parameters, including the utility permission that is required to operate.
4. Solar Panel Maintenance and Operation
A commercial panel system that is properly serviced and maintained will work for decades and continue to provide reliable and clean energy. In this final step, the terms of the contract are reviewed including the level of involvement moving forward. Your solar panel provider will have a variety of assistance packages available ranging from basic yearly inspections and regular performance reports.
Is your organization ready to go solar? For more information regarding commercial solar panel, please contact OhSolarmio.