eight years of installing solar panels for commercial premises

Solar panels for commercial and business premises
More and more enterprises are benefiting from solar to help reduce energy bills and reduce carbon footprint.

Commercial and Business Solar Panels

With over a decade of experience in installing commercial solar panels across the UK, at Low Carbon Energy, we’ve provided a vast range of energy-saving solutions to business premises large and small.

Supply, Installation & Maintenance Of Solar PV For Businesses

To date, we’ve installed over 12MW (48,000 panels) of commercial solar, and have implemented systems ranging from 10kw much larger 2MW systems – all on various types of roof structures within many challenging environments.

Why Use Commercial Solar Panels For Your Business?

No matter what your sector or industry, rest assured your business can reap huge advantages from commercial solar panels. Whether you’re looking to cut costs, reduce your carbon footprint or futureproof your business energy supply, commercial solar panels can offer the perfect energy solution.

The uptake of commercial solar panels has seen a steady rise in recent years here in the UK, and with good reason. By their nature, most businesses are active primarily during the day, when solar panels will produce the most energy. This is amongst the most pivotal reasons that they can save your business so much money, with costs savings often running into the hundreds or even into the thousands. Particularly energy-intensive industries (such as manufacturing) often see the most considerable gains, but the many advantages that commercial solar panels have to offer can be applied across a huge number of sectors, meaning there’s almost no business or organisation which doesn’t stand to benefit.

The Benefits Of Commercial Solar Panels For Businesses

There’s no shortage of advantages for businesses when it comes to solar panels. At a glance, the main benefits include:

  • Considerable cost savings
  • Financial stability and energy security/flexibility
  • A greatly reduced carbon footprint
  • Improved public perception of your business through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

To expand upon these in a little more detail…

Considerable cost savings for your business

A newfound ability to generate clean, free energy during daytime hours allows you to be less reliant on the National Grid, which is facing increasing pressure to effectively meet UK demand. Though the exact level of savings can shift back and forth over time, many businesses have been able to slash their energy costs by as much as half.

Financial stability and energy security/flexibility

For a little while now energy prices have been steadily on the rise, which means more cost for your business later on down the line. However, by sourcing your energy from commercial solar panels, you’re effectively forward-buying your electricity at a set cost. This gives you a great measure of protection from fluctuating market prices and provides an extra safeguard against the effects of future regulation, making financial forecasting much easier. As well as this energy security, solar panels also give you increased flexibility on whether to use this energy immediately, sell it or store it for use at a later date.

A greatly reduced carbon footprint

Many modern businesses are finding that their energy demand is only increasing over time, as digital processes and automated equipment take more and more traditional roles from humans and manual methods. That makes carbon footprint a major item on our collective agenda, and it’s a concern neatly addressed by the use of commercial solar panels. Installing solar PV can considerably cut down on your business’ carbon emissions, allowing you to optimise your sustainable business strategy.

Improved public perception through CSR

On a related note, growing environmental concern across the globe means that businesses now have more responsibility than ever to make sure their operations are having minimal environmental impact. (This is what Corporate Social Responsibility refers to.)

Today, consumers are more environmentally-aware than ever before, and research continues to show that they’re attracted most towards businesses who are able to prove their commitment to environmental initiatives. Using commercial solar panels to produce your energy is a great public demonstration of this commitment, and can result in improved lead generation and greater sales for your business.

Why Invest In Commercial Solar PV Systems For Your Business?

  • Pay less than 2p per watt for your electricity.
  • Reduce your energy bills by up to 90%.
  • Guaranteed returns & ROI in excess of 20%.
  • 100% Asset finance available.
  • Secured electricity for 25 years.
  • Low maintenance.
  • No disruption to your business.

How Much Do Commercial Solar Panels Cost Businesses?

This depends on a number of factors, including the size of your project and where you plan to install them. As a general rule though, if you’re paying outright for your commercial solar panels, then a small commercial solar panel system will require about £10,000 to install.

This covers:

  • supply and installation of your solar panels
  • Inverter and isolators
  • Cabling
  • Testing and certification
  • Administration costs, including registration with regulators and your supplier

If you can’t afford this though, don’t worry! There’s a wide variety of finance options and ways to pay when it comes to commercial solar panels.

For example, you may be eligible for a power purchase agreement. Essentially, this involves the installation of solar panels on the roof of your premises at no cost to your business. The electricity generated from these is then purchased back from the funder at a greatly reduced rate compared to normal suppliers. This method can easily allow you to save hundreds or even thousands of pounds, while benefitting the funder too. Everyone wins!

We offer a number ourselves here at Low Carbon Energy, which you can find on our Ways To Pay page. These currently include:

  • 100% Finance – our network of finance partners allows us to offer competitive options tailored to suit your business
  • Free Solar – a low-cost, flexible, unsecured loan

Do You Need Planning Permission For Commercial Solar Panels?

Sometimes, but not necessarily. It used to be the case that planning permission was almost always required, but nowadays it’s not necessary for the installation of solar PV systems on non-domestic buildings. In other words, business premises and community buildings are generally exempt, and small ground-mounted systems can also be constructed without planning permission as ‘permitted development’.

However, for this exemption to apply you must make sure to meet a number of conditions:

  • Roof-mounted solar installations are not permitted to protrude by more than 200mm from the roof’s surface. In cases of flat-roof installations, the solar panels must be less than 1m above the highest part of the roof.
  • Roof mounted installations also have to be further than 1m away from the edge of the roof or wall joint, and absolutely cannot protrude over the roof’s lip.
  • In specially-designated areas such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), no solar panels are permitted on the road-facing wall or roof slope.
  • Commercial solar panels also need to be positioned so that they minimise intrusion on the appearance of the building and general area.
  • Any material or equipment that goes unused in the construction or operation of the solar panels should be removed as soon as possible.

You will definitely need planning permission if your solar panels are going to be installed on any sites of historical interest, such as listed buildings, ancient monuments or world heritage sites. Of course, here at Low Carbon Energy we’re always happy to advise on any planning requirements for installations, whatever their size or scale.

How Efficient Are Commercial Solar Panels?

The rate at which solar panels convert sunlight into energy is always measured in percentages. If we say that the sun produces 100% energy, solar panels generally process anywhere between 15% to 22% of that into usable energy. It might not sound like much, but trust us, it’s enough to save you thousands!

What affects commercial solar panel efficiency?

The efficiency of solar panels is obviously their most important performance parameter For that reason, all solar panels that are sold in the UK are subject to extensive testing before they’re released onto the market.

In strictly controlled conditions, they’re tested for their ability to handle:

  • Wind
  • Hail
  • Snow and ice
  • Chemical residue
  • UV degradation
  • Rain and humidity
  • Insulation resistance
  • Thermal cycling

It goes without saying that all the commercial solar panels we supply at Low Carbon Energy are subject to rigorous manufacturing standards, and we provide an ongoing planned maintenance programme to help ensure that your panels maintain optimum efficiency and performance.

Why Choose Low Carbon Energy As Your Solar Panel Installers?

Our specialists have decades of experience installing successful solar panel solutions for businesses in a huge range of sectors across the UK and Ireland. We combine industry-leading equipment with peerless expertise as we tailor our solutions to meet your exact requirements, allowing you to get the very most from your on-site energy generation.

We offer our clients a fully comprehensive turnkey service, right from the initial planning stages all the way through to the final installation. We can work alongside architects, lead contractors and building consultants, co-ordinating our approach with other professionals to get your project completed on budget and on schedule.

Low Carbon Energy also offer a comprehensive service and maintenance programme with a focus on ensuring your solar panels reliably stay at maximum efficiency, so you can continue enjoying peak energy generation and cost savings.

We believe in keeping an open, friendly approach with our customers, and our experts are always happy to answer any questions you might have, no matter how simple or complex they may be.

Give us a call today on 08456 808 963 (or the alternative number above if you’re based in Ireland) to discuss what we can do for your business. Alternatively, take a quick look through our case studies below to see what we’ve achieved for previously satisfied customers.

Why Invest Solar PV?

  • Pay less than 2p per watt for your electricity.
  • Reduce your energy bills by up to 90%
  • Guaranteed returns & ROI in excess of 20%
  • 100% Asset finance available.
  • Meet CSR objective
  • Secured electricity for 25 years
  • Low maintenance
  • No disruption to your business

Case Study

Courtesy Shoes Solar Panel Installation

Having discovered Low Carbon Energy through the Carbon Trust’s accredited supplier list, Courtesy Shoes were quick to meet and discuss their requirements. After exploring their options, the company decided to...

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