Tips for Increasing Solar Efficiency and Cut Cost On Your Next Building Project

Whether you’re constructing your place of business or moving into a new home in Sacramento, it’s easy to implement solar technologies, save money and help save the planet all at the same time.

Aztec Solar serves the Sacramento region and beyond by delivering residential and commercial solar applications that fit every need and budget. With that in mind, we put together some easy-to-follow solar tips for your next building project. As you’ll see, it’s easy to provide for all your home or business energy needs with solar technology.

Location matters

Solar equipment contains two main components. The solar panels are typically affixed on rooftops. Inverters, on the other hand, can be placed in various locations.

If you decide to install the inverters indoors, it will not need to be under climate control. If they are placed outside however, they will need to be in a shaded area.

Keep this in mind as you envision and plan the project locations.

Cost-effective roofing

Did you know that roof material can have an impact on how much you’ll invest in solar technology?

Not all roof covers are created equal and it can be less expensive to install commercial solar on certain roofing types. The least expensive material to work with is standing seam. As an added bonus, solar panels can be installed without penetrating the roof with standing seam. The next affordable roof type is corrugated metal, followed by asphalt shingle, then flat roofs, slop roofs, shake, metal shingle and slate.

Smart conduit placement

Don’t let the placement of the conduit get lost in the planning of your next commercial solar project. All rooftop systems require one conduit, which needs to run to the interconnection.

When planning for the placement of the conduit, you’ll need to think about aesthetics and how accessible the placement is for ease of installation. One approach is to install the conduit during building construction or upgrade.

Sun exposure

Obviously, the solar panels should be installed at the perfect angle to harvest as much of the Sacramento sun as possible.

Shade, orientation and tilt are all considerations in the perfect placement of solar panel applications. Other outdoor obstacles, such as trees, utility poles and other objects can be a factor as well. To make the most out of your solar project, it’s important to plan around any object that could obstruct any light from hitting the solar panels.

If you want to get started on your commercial solar power project, contact us today!

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