Key issues are currently being debated behind closed doors at the COP27 Climate Conference in Egypt – decisions that will impact citizens around the globe.
Embracing sustainable technologies to reduce carbon emissions and empowering businesses to find alternative streams of energy will continue to be a major focus this decade. Solar PV (Photovoltaic) panels are one such innovation – a free and natural resource that can be installed on the rooftop of businesses or agricultural buildings.
Widespread adoption of solar has gained traction in many other countries, most notably the US. Solar farms – large-scale solar installations using PV panels – convert energy from the sun into electricity that can be directed to the power grid for distribution.
Solar farm incentives are many, not least of which is the projected cost savings generated by the capture, retention and delivery of energy. Various panel installations exist depending on the industry and anticipated energy consumption of each business.
The scarcity and supply issues associated with traditional energy sources have compelled many nations to seek alternative options, and Ireland – an island uniquely placed to leverage solar, wind and tidal power – is at the vanguard of such changes. Already committed to funding solar panels in schools, businesses are acutely aware of rising energy costs and the need to channel more cost-effective options in the medium-longer term, especially with the Government’s current climate roadmap.
At COP27, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan has said:
“Ireland is committed to deliver a 51% reduction in emissions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. The next Climate Action Plan, which will be published in the coming weeks, will set out how we will achieve reductions across key sectors to ensure that we deliver on our commitments under the Paris Agreement.”
Solar panels and solar farms will continue to evolve and integrate into this plan. There are many factors for Irish businesses to consider when deciding whether solar panels are the best choice for your business. These include:
- Roof orientation.
Will the panels be exposed to sun throughout the day, all year long? Will the panels be placed on a rooftop that is durable and can effectively support their functionality for years? Decades?
- Planning Permission.
Currently relevant if over 50% of total roof area is occupied by panels – but currently under review.
Has a cost-benefit analysis been undertaken to evaluate the savings potential from using PV Solar?
- Current energy performance rating of the building.
Buildings with poor insulation and/or BER ratings will continue to lose energy. Such issues need to be addressed.
The good news is that you don’t have to make these decisions alone. Solgrid advises companies on the efficacy and feasibility of adopting renewable energy sources. Our energy audits can reveal insights that help tease out where your business is at today, and how to take advantage of greener technologies to maximise your productivity and output.
You can speak with one of our advisors today to learn more about the power of solar panels and how they can transform your business energy costs.