Service Steel’s Huntsville, AL facility–home to its heavy duty welding, material handling, and administrative operations—now sports three solar arrays on its pitched trapezoidal sheet metal roof. Ace, LLC Solar, based in Pulaski, TN, selected the rail-less RBI Solar MS system as the mounting solution for Service Steel’s PV system.
The 148.2 kW solar system is expected to reduce Service Steel’s annual utility cost by approximately 90%, bringing their annual energy savings to $35,000. Over the expected thirty-five-year life of the roof mount system, Service Steel will offset over 4,742 metric tons of carbon dioxide—an amount equal to 5,093,383 pounds of coal that will never be burned. Read the rest of this entry »
There are many different factors that go into estimating your solar savings. A few important ones include the following:
The primary requirement for a solar PV system to work is UV light. Direct light works best, but solar modules can still operate with indirect light. Clouds and rain are not opaque barriers through which light cannot get through, meaning sunlight can reflect or partially break through the clouds and reach the rooftop solar energy system. Solar systems are able to operate at night and at other times when the sun is not directly shining on the solar modules because the system harvests and stores unused energy for future use. Read the rest of this entry »
Absolutely! And now more than ever. With the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, hundreds of countries around the world have committed to reducing their carbon emission output. Solar plays a big role in these reduction goals by swapping sources of carbon-emitting energy like coal and other fossil fuels, which contribute to the warming of the planet, with sources of non-carbon emitting energy. Because solar photovoltaic (PV) systems do not emit carbon pollution, they are a great option for meeting our world’s renewable energy goals. Read the rest of this entry »
As the solar industry continues to grow, so do the number of solar companies and installers. You might be looking at your options wondering “how do I choose the right partners?” The good news is you’re asking the right question. Your solar team should be just that—a partnership. Going solar is a big decision, and like any major-league life change, you want the right team at your side. Here are a few tips for selecting the best players for your solar team. Read the rest of this entry »