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Common Questions About Solar Energy

Solar offers a limitless supply of clean, safe, and renewable energy. Here are some common questions you should consider about solar energy.

How do solar panels work?  

Solar technology involves using sunlight to create a chemical reaction. A collection of panels is called a solar array. As sunlight reaches the squares, it triggers the release of electrons that are collected by tiny wires built into the cells to form an electrical current. This current is sent to an inverter, which converts it into usable electricity. Any unused energy is stored in a battery or feed into a utility grid system.

Can you install solar panels to an existing building?

Installing solar panels on an existing building is usually quite easy and offers many benefits including the environment and your bottom line.  A solar system can stabilize your utility bill, making it easier to budget expenses.  When the system is paid off, the utility bill is reduced or eliminated, and excess energy can be stored or sold to the utility company.

How much does a solar panel installation cost?

The net installed cost and system payback depends on several factors including: your location, the orientation of your proposed mounting location, the amount of sun you receive, utility rates and how much energy you use. In the Kansas City area, there are financial incentives offered by utility companies and the federal government that may offset your system costs.

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Solar Energy Bright in Benefits

Each month, Worldwide Energy Vice President and COO Gaylen Davenport will publish his thoughts on the latest energy-efficient news, products, and trends.

Solar energy is no longer a technology of the future. In fact, it is the fastest growing energy source in the world, and businesses are taking advantage of this affordable, efficient, and reliable source.

Solar energy is clean, renewable, and generates zero carbon dioxide emissions, so it does not harm ecosystems and reduces our dependence on fossil fuels.

Utilizing the sun’s abundant rays, solar panels capture the sunlight and convert it to electricity that can be used. The sun generates more than 10,000 times the amount of energy the entire world consumes annually, and the vast potential for this “free” energy is enticing.

The power of solar technology is increasingly beneficial to businesses that are looking to reduce their long-term energy bills, while adding to their green communities. The solar panels themselves have no moving parts, make no noise, and need very little maintenance, a benefit to any building owner. And solar panels increase property value.

In the long run, businesses can save a great deal of money since it does not cost anything to harness the power of the sun. In the Kansas City area, the average annual sunshine level is nearly 5 hours a day, above average compared to other parts of the U.S. so utilizing the sun’s energy for electricity uses is very practical and beneficial.

There’s no denying it, solar is a large investment, much like any “new” technology, but available incentives can offset a large part of that investment. As technology and products continue to develop, and as more people adopt renewable energy practices, the costs will continue to drop.

More importantly, adopting renewable, energy-efficient technology not only creates a new standard for business, but a better, greener environment.

-Gaylen

Zoo Fans Lowers Costs

Ideal for grocery stores, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and other large buildings, zoo fans are sure to impress.

These functional and stylish fans gently mix the air, eliminating hot and cold spots. Here are some more benefits:

  • Lower energy consumption by 20-40%
  • Above-average return on investment
  • Improve creature comfort
  • Lower operating costs
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to control
  • Made in the USA

Features:

  • Two sizes available
  • Functional and stylish
  • Easy to angle
  • Axial fan design with 7 serrated blades
  • Variable speed
  • Fire-resistant, UV-treated PC ABS plastic housing

To find out how zoo fans can save you, schedule a complimentary facility review.

Lighting Facts for Building Managers

Any building or office manager who is looking to cut costs (and who isn’t these days) will find these quick facts beneficial:

  • Lighting accounts for the largest portion of a commercial building’s electricity bill
  • It is a significant portion of the total energy bill
  • It consumes about 35 percent of the electricity used in commercial buildings in the U.S.
  • It affects other building systems through its use of elecricty and production of waste heat

 

“An efficient system of lighting sources, fixtures, and controls can reduce energy use, give businesses more flexibility in the sizing of HVAC and electrical systems, and may even improve worker productivity.”

Source: TVA Energy Right Solutions

LED Lighting Increases Productivity

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) provide a longer life, and can reduce energy up to 70 percent compared to HID lights.

The benefits of LED just keep on giving. Sandia researchers recently published an article that showed how LED lighting increases productivity.

In the journal Energy Policy researchers at the Breakthrough Institute in Oakland Calif., showed that increased light availability leads to increased productivity.

LED lights are a definite improvement from outdated lighting fixtures, including the T12. Because of their unique design, light emitting diodes provides a longer life, and can reduce energy up to 70% compared to HID lights.

More importantly, LEDs enhances visibility, and provides better lighting that is often attributed to increased productivity. Ideal for any working environment, LEDs are also maintenance-free up to five years, and provides 50,000 lifetime hours. See what Worldwide Energy has to offer in LED lighting.

Source: Phys.org

Efficiency Benefits Bottom Line, Branding

According to a new Deloitte report, improving energy efficiency at America’s businesses is as important to brand building as it is to growing the bottom line.

The “reSources 2012” study showed that 85% of companies claimed that electricity cost reductions are essential to saving costs, and an 81% of those believe that going green was just as critical to brand building. In fact, more than three-quarters of the organizations surveyed say they are actively promoting their energy efficiency efforts to their customers.

The authors of the report stated how energy efficiency is becoming an important competitive advantage for businesses. Because of this, making the switch to energy efficiency is not just a boost for your bottom line, but for branding as well.

Source: Deloitte reSources 2012

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