3 Steps to Solar

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Site Survey

An energy consultant can visit your facility or virtually perform an analysis to capture your roof or land size, obstructions, and condition.

Energy Use

Provide an energy use profile or utility bills to determine your energy consumption and desired system size. For commercial-scale systems it is desirable to have the 15 minute or hourly ‘Interval’ demand data, often available from your utility.

Incentives

Find out what benefits are provided from the state and federal governments.

Energy Generation Goals

Energy generation goals are an essential part when considering the design of your photovoltaic system. Ideally, your PV system should cover your entire energy consumption. However, some facilities have such high consumption that they look for the PV system to only cover peak hours or a certain percentage of their usage. It is essential to optimize the location and tilt of the panels to ensure the best possible efficiency, especially when space is limited.

Roof Structure

is an important factor when designing your system if you’re looking into a roof-mounted system. To ensure the feasibility of the solar PV system, an engineer should review the condition of your roof and any obstructions to the PV system.

Permits and Code Restrictions

Energy generation goals are an essential part when considering the design of your photovoltaic system. Ideally, your PV system should cover your entire energy consumption. However, some facilities have such high consumption that they look for the PV system to only cover peak hours or a certain percentage of their usage. It is essential to optimize the location and tilt of the panels to ensure the best possible efficiency, especially when space is limited.

Mounting Systems

Your solar PV system must be mounted somewhere for it to properly face the sun and so that it can last you several decades. Whether it’s on the roof, on canopies, or on the ground, there is a myriad of options for mounting your system best suitable for your facility and needs.

Roof Mounts

Ballasted roof mounts do not require penetration to your roof. They rely on weight to hold the system in place. This type of system is ideal for flat roofs. The mechanical structure of roof mounts has greatly improved over the years with features such as wire management, tool-free assembly and better resilience against extreme weather conditions.

Ground Mounts

Traditional ground mounts use metal frames driven into the ground to hold the photovoltaic modules at the specified angle.

Pole mounted

Pole mounted systems support multiple modules on a single pole at a higher height than the traditional ground mounts.

Tracking systems

Tracking systems use motorized tracks to adjust angle according the positioning of the sun.

Canopies

Solar canopies, also known as solar carports, are elevated structures that hold solar modules while providing shade underneath. Canopies are typically installed in parking lots or other paved areas. This option is ideal when there is limited space for your solar array.

Solar Monitoring Systems

Monitoring and controlling your photovoltaic system is critical for maximum yield production. The simplest form of monitoring is through the inverter, which displays the power conversion values.

Some inverter manufacturers offer online portals where you can review the status of your systems operation in more detail. Many times, you will be able to generate reports of your system to ensure its performance.

Solar Monitoring System | Big Shine Energy

Energy Management

Batteries

Energy storage batteries store energy produced by your solar modules, which you can use at a later time. There are several types of batteries on the market. When considering batteries for your solar system, your solar partner should provide you with a unique and engineered solution.

Energy Storage Systems

Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) manage additional energy stored into batteries. The system is usually connected to a mobile or online application where you can access data in real time. The system’s purpose may vary depending on need.

Our Solar Turnkey Solution

 

Designing and optimizing solar modules to reach high levels of efficiency, low degradation rates and long-term endurance.

 

Engineering and configuring solar systems with the proper components for optimal performance and power generation.

Installing, operating and maintaining solar systems for quality assurance and long-term power generation.

Understanding your local Jurisdiction

 

Learn more about your local and state codes for solar projects.

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