Aug 8, 2011

Roof Top Solar Panels and Installations

Roof-top solar installations are essentially solar panels mounted on the roofs of residential or commercial buildings. As mentioned earlier, there are four ways a solar panel may be mounted (fixed rack, ground-level mounting, solar trackers and roof-top installations) and this article deals with the last kind of solar panel mounting. 

Roof-top solar panels offer three benefits to the user:
  • Roof-top solar panels are an easy way to reduce your electricity bill:
Since solar energy generates savings over the long run, your energy bills will see a decline over time. Granted, the installation costs can be rather high, but once the system is up and running, solar energy is much cheaper compared to traditional energy generated by burning fossil fuels. These days, different solar energy leasing and financing schemes help reduce the initial setup cost.
  • Roof-top solar panels help reduce the cooling requirement of your building:
It turns out that buildings with roof-top solar panels have cooler ceilings compared to buildings without such solar panels. This was discovered in a study by UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering (America). As a result, savings in energy bills are compounded.
  • Roof-top solar panels can increase the retail value of your building:
A recent market study states that roof-top solar arrays can add to the value of one’s property by around 3%. Of course, this trend is more pronounced in areas where environmental conservation is a priority, because home buyers are willing to pay a premium for the cause. Read more about this here.