Solar power provides energy to offices, schools, and municipal buildings. New advances in solar technology, along with reduced costs for solar materials and federal and state tax credits and rebates are making solar a popular choice for alternative and sustainable energy. It has become a desirable option for meeting energy needs in both the private and commercial sectors. Solar power is quickly making its way onto traditional power grids. And, with the growth of sustainable construction on the horizon, more people are looking to source their energy from solar power.
What Is Solar Power?
Solar power systems harness the sun's energy and convert it into usable energy. Because sunlight is a renewable resource, solar power is sustainable and does little harm to the environment.
Converting the sun's rays into electricity is cost-effective. Many countries, along with the U.S., embrace solar power to reduce reliance on expensive fossil fuels and to reduce pollutants.
Solar Power in Construction
Solar panels, which trap and convert sunlight into usable energy, can be fitted onto existing structures and, more increasingly, are incorporated into new structures from the design phase. Most new solar construction projects in the Upper Midwest feature a hybrid system that employs some solar with traditional energy sources.
The Benefits of Sustainable Construction
The major benefit of installing solar power in construction is for the associated cost-savings. When relying on solar power, businesses can forgo electricity bills. In some instances, businesses receive payment from the power company by selling their surplus energy to the grid.
Employing solar power in any type of construction is ideal for the environment. Many are likely aware of the issues surrounding global warming and its ongoing debate. The use of fossil fuels pollutes the air and is not sustainable; unlike the sun's rays, oil can’t be renewed. Additionally, using solar power in your construction plans qualifies you for government incentives that offset the initial investment of solar systems.
A decade ago, it was more expensive to purchase and install solar materials and solar had a tougher time competing with the efficiency of traditional energy sources. Now, solar power technology has grown into a highly efficient and effective way to supply power.
At Winkelman Building Corp. sustainability is one of our core values. We embrace sustainable building practices, and the use of solar materials in new construction.