When you’re considering installing Commercial Solar Brisbane for your business, it can be tempting to jump right in and start shopping for equipment. But before you buy a single module, there are some things you need to consider first. Here are the top five common mistakes people make when planning commercial solar installations.
Overlooking Tax Incentives
One of the biggest benefits of solar energy is that it’s a renewable resource. That means you don’t need to worry about using up all the energy available, and you can enjoy the power source for years or even decades without having to worry about running out. Unfortunately, though, when it comes to Commercial Solar Brisbane installations, there’s still a long way to go before these systems become completely cost-effective.
While tax incentives are in place that can help reduce your overall costs for a commercial solar installation, you should be aware of some common mistakes made by businesses that have installed these types of systems on their property before making your decision.
Neglecting The Local Weather Patterns
It’s important to understand the local weather patterns in your area. Different regions experience different seasonal and daily variations, which impact solar panel output. For example, if you live near a coast, you may have more foggy days than someone who lives inland. If you live in an area of high wind speeds or lightning storms, this can also affect your solar panels’ performance.
To determine whether or not solar energy is right for you and your business, it’s important to consult with an expert who can help analyse your local climate and give advice on how to maximise the benefits of installing solar panels on your property.
Forgetting About Shading
Many people don’t realise that shading can reduce solar energy production by up to 50%. Trees, buildings and other structures can all cause shading. To ensure your panels are getting the most direct sunlight possible, they need to be installed in an area that won’t be shaded by anything.
If a new structure is going to be built near your solar panels, make sure it has a roof with a high slope (at least 30 degrees), so the structure doesn’t block the sun from reaching your panels. If you already have trees on your property or another building nearby blocking sunlight from reaching your solar panels, you may consider removing them, so they don’t impact your investment.
Not Factoring In The Cost Of Energy Storage
One other thing to consider is the cost of energy storage. It’s a hot topic in the solar industry right now, and it’s even more important than ever before. The price of batteries is dropping rapidly, so there’s no doubt that they will become an integral part of Commercial Solar Brisbane installations going forward. You can find out more about this trend in our blog post on how energy storage will change the face of commercial solar power.
Not Thinking Long Term
You have to consider the long-term needs of your business. Solar panels are an investment, and you’re going to want them to last. If you don’t plan for future needs and growth, then they could end up being useless or underperforming in just a few short years.
Think about what kind of return on investment (ROI) you can expect from your solar panels. You might be able to get free power now—and possibly even save money—but if those same panels could provide more efficient energy at a lower cost in five years, then it may make sense not only financially but also environmentally as well.
We’re always on the lookout for new opportunities to save our customers money, and we hope that these tips will help you do the same.