Commercial Solar Panels
There are significant benefits to be had from investing in solar energy, for businesses both large and small. With rising energy costs, putting your roof space to good use can be a sensible decision. Many commercial organisations have already realised the huge potential income stream available from solar energy. Simply by utilising the roof space on your commercial premises, agricultural buildings, factories, warehouses, schools or hospitals, you can install solar power generators and start generating solar energy.
Geo Green Power are specialists in large scale commercial solar panel systems for a wide range of commercial sectors, and our expert team has a clear understanding of the needs of businesses. Whether you are looking to cut costs, reduce your carbon footprint or secure your future energy supply, we offer expert commercial solar installations with proven high yielding solar panels.
Key Benefits of Commercial Solar
- Cost savings
Solar panels generate free, green electricity during daytime hours that can be used on site, lowering your business demand for energy from the grid and potentially saving thousands of pounds on energy bills.
- Solar income
By installing a qualifying system in the UK you will get paid for every kWh of solar energy you generate, regardless of whether you use it yourself or export it to other users. The legislation ensures that the return in FIT payments and energy savings will represent an average return of at least 10% per annum.
- Financial stability
With energy prices predicted to sharply rise in the next 10 years, commercial solar panels allow you to effectively forward buy your electricity at a set price, making financial forecasting much easier.
- Low risk investment
Solar PV is a reliable and safe investment vehicle that provides returns exceeding those of traditional low risk financial products, such as savings accounts, ISAs, gilts etc
- Energy security
With the grid currently struggling to generate significant electricity supply to meet the UK’s growing energy demands, and the government’s recent introduction of mandatory energy audits for large businesses via the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and possible future energy usage regulation, independent solar installations are and excellent backup measure.
- Lower carbon footprint
Generating your own solar energy will significantly reduce your carbon footprint, increase your company’s sustainable credentials and improve your business reputation.
What are the funding options?
Despite the Feed-In-Tariff being heavily cut in January 2016, it is still possible to make good financial returns by investing in a commercial solar PV installation.
A minimum upfront investment of around £10,000 is required for a small commercial system to cover the supply and installation of solar panels, inverter, isolators, cabling, relevant testing, certification and registering with regulatory bodies and your electricity company.
For businesses that choose not to invest capital and are looking for alternative funding options, we can offer advice on your options for financing. While basic grants for solar panels came to an end in 2010 when the FIT scheme was introduced, but some alternative funding options may still be available. Contact us for details.
Some energy suppliers may offer power purchase agreements to businesses who meet qualifying criteria. With this type of agreement, solar panels are installed on your roof at no cost to your business, while the electricity generated in purchased back from the funder at a rate that is substantially cheaper than that offered by your existing supplier, saving you thousands of pounds in electricity bills.
Is Planning Permission Required?
The good news is that planning permission is no longer needed for the installation of solar PV systems on non-domestic buildings including businesses and community buildings. What’s more, these new rules allow small ground-mounted systems to go ahead without planning permission as ‘permitted development’.
However, there are important limits and conditions that must be met in order to benefit from these permitted development rights, including:
- A roof mounted solar installation must not protrude more than 200mm, unless it is a flat roof installation where the solar PV must be less than 1m above the highest part of the flat roof.
- A roof mounted solar installation must be further than 1m away from the edge of the roof or wall joint. For AONB or similarly restricted locations, the panels must not be on the roof slope or wall facing the road.
- Solar installations should be sited so as to minimise their effect on the external appearance of the property and the amenity of the area, while unused equipment should be removed as soon as possible.
Planning permission will be required if your solar PV system is intended for installation on a listed building or a site designated as a scheduled ancient monument or world heritage site.
Geo Green Power will be on hand to advise on any planning requirements for small, large or bespoke installations. If permission does needs to be sought, we can provide full assistance in completing applications and supplying any information requested by the local planning authority to ensure the process is as quick and easy as possible.
Large Scale Commercial Solar Projects
At Geo Green Power, we can take care of large-scale solar panel projects from inception to delivery as part of a turnkey solution. Experience has taught us that large-scale projects demand specific knowledge injection and planning. We would therefore encourage you to involve us as early as possible.
If required, we can also work alongside architects, lead contractors and building consultants. Whether you are considering a single site installation of significant size (e.g. 300+ square metres) or the installation of many smaller systems across a number of sites as part of a rolling project, we will gladly discuss your business solar project and provide ideas and inspiration.
Recently Completed Projects
Nottingham County Council
Customer: Nottingham County Council
Project: Multiple solar photovoltaic systems accross council buildings
Nottingham County Council are dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint accross the county. Through numerous phases they are implementing solar PV systems on their various properties including libraries, children centres and health centres, all of which have a high energy usage during the day.
Customer: Eastgate Care
Project: Multiple Commercial Installations
East Gate Care Homes specialise in providing quality palliative and dementia care to their residents. They offer individual care with attention to detail within their idyllic residential homes. Eastgate Care teamed up with Geo Green Power to reduce their energy bills and take advantage of the valuable feed in tariff payments thus ensuring continued high standards of care without reneging on a fair price.
For further information and advice regarding commercial solar panels and large scale solar power business projects, we would be delighted to be of assistance. Contact Geo Green Power for free on 0800 988 3188 or fill in the online enquiry form to request a quote, survey or a brochure.
At Geo Green Power, we understand the business requirement for a single point of contact to manage and maintain your contract, and we are experienced at delivering a complete service where each step is known, planned for and advised in advance, so that little or no disruption is caused to your operations. We are fully aware that quality and price will be the main drivers in your decision making process.
We found your service efficient and enquiries polite and considerate. I would definitely recommend your services to anyone who is looking for solar, in fact we have another farm building which will be sorted after Christmas, and would think we will be contacting you again. Thank you once again.
I have been very pleased with the speedy and efficient service we have received. Everyone in the Geo Green Power team has been pleasant to deal with and all aspects of the installation were carried out in a timely and effective manner. Many thanks for making our lives easier!
Thank you for all your hard work. Everything was completed efficiently and professionally and I’m now saving and making cash thanks to my solar PV system. I like checking my meter just to see how much money I've made! Solar panels are a great investment and I’m recommending Geo Green Power to everyone I meet.