Commercial solar systems are those which provide power for commercial buildings and applications such as remote traffic controls, telecommunications, oil and gas industries, and municipal facilities.
Each large-watt solar panel is matched with a grid-tie inverter, which converts DC power from the panels to AC power. These inverters range in power levels to serve various types of commercial applications. Power moves from the inverter to the electrical service panel, which is located at the breaker box, and then distributed to electrical loads throughout the building.
One of the benefits of a commercial solar system is the opportunity to gain credit with your utility company. When excess power produced by commercial solar panels flows into the grid through the electric meter, it causes the meter to run backwards, giving you a credit.
Commercial solar power is a smart investment for your business. It can produce a valuable ROI, lead to more predictable and stable energy costs, and establish your business as a leader in green energy. To learn more about commercial solar panels and systems, check out our commercial solar FAQs.
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Support for commercial solar electric power comes in many forms today.
State rebates and state tax incentives, Federal Tax Credits, Business Development Grant Programs and Accelerated Depreciation scheme combine to provide immediate positive cash flow for most commercial solar power installations in the very first year.
Check out your local, state, and federal incentives for commercial and renewable energy applications.
The same principles apply, although with few exceptions, commercial applications are grid-intertied, whereas many residential solar electric systems are off-grid, or totally independent of utility-generated electric power. Commercial solar gridtie inverters matched with arrays of larger wattage solar panels (the same ones that work for residential solar power systems) provide power for all sorts of commercial applications, from remote traffic controls and telecommunications, to oil and gas industry applications, to solar electric systems for large municipal, school and government facilities.