Types of Solar Panel Installations:Residential Solar Panel InstallationsHomeowners almost anywhere can benefit from a solar panel installation right on their property. Residential installations are typically rooftop or ground-mounted systems and supply electricity to one property.Residential solar panel systems are smaller than commercial/industrial or utility-scale solar installations, and the panels themselves are also smaller in size. A typical residential solar system might be in the range of five to 15 kilowatts (kW), but a residential solar system can be however big or small you need it to be, depending on your electricity usage.
A residential solar system is installed either on top of a roof or on the ground. While rooftop systems are far more common, there are advantages to ground-mounted residential solar systems in specific situations.For residential properties with an ill-suited home roof for solar, there are several other ways to install solar panels.
Commercial and Industrial Solar Panel InstallationsFactory rooftops can be a great place for a solar panel project and are categorized as commercial or industrial installations. Commercial solar projects supply energy to small businesses, factories, and more. These installations can be a powerful source of savings for companies and corporations.The system size for the majority of commercial and industrial installations is usually substantially larger than a typical residential solar system. A commercial solar system can be up to several megawatts (MW) in size, depending on the amount of electricity the facility needs.Some commercial panel arrays even use racking with tracking capabilities, allowing the direction panels face to change and increase the amount of direct sunlight the panels receive.
One of the best reasons to install a commercial or industrial solar panel system is the financial benefit. Offsetting some or all electricity use at a factory or small business with solar reduces electric bills from day one.Solar panels are a visible signal that the company installing them is committed to sustainability and a clean energy future. Installing solar is a great way to generate positive buzz with stakeholders and the local community.Many of the highest quality solar panel installation companies are local businesses, and contracting with them for a large commercial installation increases demand for high-quality, local labor. Additionally, the money spent on installation goes right into the local economy.
Hybrid Solar Panel InstallationsHybrid solar systems combine the best from grid-tied and off-grid solar systems. These systems can either be described as off-grid solar with utility backup power, or grid-tied solar with extra battery storage.Combining energy storage with a grid connection to your property, hybrid systems can provide the flexibility of being able to store the energy you generate during the day instead of feeding it back into the grid - typically at a low feed-in tariff. This energy can then be used in the evening instead of buying power back at a higher price.
Hybrid systems empower you with energy security, self-sufficiency, lock in your future cost of electricity, control when you use your solar power and provide an uninterrupted power supply when others have lost grid power.The maintenance cost of the hybrid solar energy systems is low as compared to the traditional generators which use diesel as fuel. No fuel is used and they do not require frequent servicing. The number of devices you can connect to a hybrid solar energy system is limited and vary from system to system. It allows the use of solar energy during peak evening times (known as self-use or load-shifting).Like all things, hybrid solar energy systems also have few disadvantages like it cannot be used in remote areas where there is no grid power. Also may limit how many appliances you can run at the same time (depending on the type of hybrid inverter and its capability).
Utility-Scale Solar Panel InstallationsThe largest scale of solar installation project is utility-scale solar. Typically sized anywhere from 1 to 5 megawatts (MW), utility-scale solar installations can be massive projects, often spanning multiple acres of land.Electrical utilities have traditionally generated electricity for the grid using fossil fuels like coal, but they can also provide electrical power to their grid customers with a solar panel installation. Utility-scale solar power plants can be massive, and when combined with storage, can effectively support the power grid.
Utility-scale solar can be one of many solar technologies, including concentrating photovoltaics (CPT), concentrating solar power (CSP), or photovoltaics (PV). Photovoltaic installations are the most common type of utility-scale solar solutions. Oftentimes, utility-scale solar installations will include storage capacity to provide power during hours of little or no sunlight.In order for utility-scale solar to be an effective dispatch able energy resource, batteries and other types of storage can be leveraged to accumulate solar energy that can then act as a dispatch able system when the solar panels aren’t producing electricity at night. Utility-scale solar storage makes solar energy much more reliable, and therefore much more attractive to utilities and their stakeholders.Has this sparked your interest towards solar energy? We can help you find your best deal! Simply fill in the contact form and call us for advice. . Take a minute to complete the form and save hours of research!We will be able to assist you in choosing the correct solar system for your requirements.