7 Industries That Can Benefit From Solar Power
Even though residential solar power seems to get all the attention, there’s no shortage of the advantages that businesses and corporations can obtain from solar panels. Whether you have room on your business’s roof or have space for a ground-mounted system, there are plenty of reasons to pull the trigger on investing in solar.
Read on to discover seven industries that can benefit from solar power, as well as information on how commercial solar power can work for you. Remember—even if you don’t see your industry on this list, that doesn’t mean solar panels aren’t right for you!
This one might be a little obvious, but we had to mention it! Most of the electricity in the United States today is obtained through outdated methods that are harming the planet—specifically, the burning of fossil fuels.
Fortunately, several states in the country are moving away from these harmful energy generation methods and toward sustainable solutions like hydropower, wind power, and solar power. This makes solar panels a particularly hot commodity right now, as many state and federal organizations are looking to upgrade their power generation methods. For example, NM Solar Group is based in New Mexico, which is one of the states looking to make sweeping changes in how we access electricity.
A huge factor that helps residents determine whether they’re interested in renting or buying a home or apartment is how utilities are dealt with. While many people assume they’ll need to pay for things like water and electricity, you can put your complex above the rest by taking away one set of bills. If you make the switch to solar power, you can bring in new residents by removing the need to pay for electricity!
This works well for everyone—your tenants have one less thing to worry about, and you don’t need to pay a ton of money once you pay off the initial investment. That’s the great thing about solar power: once you’ve paid that initial investment, all future savings are just that—savings.
Plus, residential spaces use large amounts of energy. If you’re concerned with the planet’s health, switching your complex to solar power is a great way to limit the environmental impact of your complex.
Did you know that some of the most successful retail stores in the United States use solar panels to power some—if not most—of their locations? It’s true! Both Target and Walmart make great use of solar energy, and it makes a lot of sense.
These big retail stores require power for the same basic functions that residential complexes do—such as lighting, refrigeration, and computers—just on a larger scale. Because almost all these locations have large roofs with nothing but empty space, solar power is a no-brainer.
Retail stores aren’t the only big companies that use solar power. Computer companies, such as Intel, also do! While Intel isn’t exactly a data storage company, it still needs a lot of power to run computers and computer-adjacent hardware, such as servers and drives. Therefore, companies dedicated to data storage are perfect candidates to benefit from solar power.
This is because data storage facilities have a huge energy expense: temperature maintenance. To safely store data, these centers require a ton of cooling and, therefore, a ton of electricity. Why break the bank paying the local grid when you can dramatically reduce your costs with some on-site solar panels?
Even though you may not think of the agricultural industry as being one with significant power requirements, it is a great industry for solar implementation. Everything from irrigation systems to harvesting equipment can be made sustainable by switching their power source to solar. Furthermore, the flat, open land typical of farms lends itself to plenty of perfect places to install a solar panel system!
Electric cars are the first step—solar-powered cars are the next! Actually, we aren’t quite ready for vehicles that completely run on sunlight. However, one of the best ways to round out a sustainable lifestyle is to power your electric car with a solar-powered source. For example, a home with solar panels on the roof and an electric car in the garage is doing far more for the planet than a house with just one or the other.
The same goes for any business that’s getting in on the electric-car-friendly parking lot trend. You’ve probably seen EV charging stations around large parking lots in your area. If those stations were solar powered, you could provide your customers with the same charging convenience without increasing your monthly energy bill.
Finally, industrial manufacturing facilities are famous for using tons of power. Why not move away from the stereotype that factories are terrible for the environment and be the change you want to see? Switching to solar power is a practical, futuristic, and cost-efficient way to ensure your manufacturing facility stays on top of changing environmental practices and produces fewer emissions.
How Does Commercial Solar Power Work?
If you’re considering commercial solar system installation, you’re probably wondering how it works. Other than scale, commercial solar works very similarly to residential solar power.
It starts with an energy analysis and quote. Some of our highly qualified staff will come to your facility, inspect the area where solar panels make the most sense, and look over your annual power usage. Once we have that information, we can figure out the best panels and the right number for you. After that, it’s a simple matter of obtaining the right permits and installing your system!
Now that you know these seven industries that can benefit from solar power, remember that this isn’t a comprehensive list! As you can hopefully tell by now, there’s no end to the advantages that having a solar-powered business can bring.
Whether your company works in an industry that’s on this list or not, we’re willing to bet that solar power is right for you. Interested in learning more about how this renewable energy source can work for your business?
Don’t hesitate to reach out to NM Solar Group—our team is ready to answer your questions or provide your company with a quote on solar power. Contact us today to find out how much you can save with a solar panel system investment.