Increased awareness about rising energy costs in the last decade has brought about a renewed interest in harnessing solar energy. Solar technology has greatly improved since the original solar panels of the 1970’s, and panel prices have plummeted. Energy companies are working with innovators and scientists to create even more efficient technologies. Some of these technologies will prove reliable and be installed correctly, while other systems will fail prematurely.
Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. brings 33 years of experience in roofing, waterproofing and building envelope engineering to the field of solar installations. Our extensive engineering expertise, bidding services and construction management will ensure a reliable solar power system and installation that is properly integrated into your building’s roof and exterior walls at the lowest possible cost.
Should You Install Solar?
The price of traditional energy from the grid has historically increased 5% per year or more. Therefore, solar power needs to be evaluated first as a financial decision, since it allows you to lock in a 30 year power supply for a low, fixed cost that is lower than your existing utility rate.
Many projects can be financed, requiring minimal or no up-front capital. Federal and state grant programs provide rebates which enable some projects to achieve as high as 65% payback or more in the first year! The period for recovery of the original investment typically range from two to seven years.
Once the decision has been made to add photovoltaic panels to the roof of your property, the two major questions that need to be answered are ‘Which type of solar panel is best for my roof?’ and ‘What needs to be done to ensure my building is in the right condition for a solar energy installation?’
The age and condition of your roof plays a vital role in successfully using solar energy. Good solar panels will last 30-40 years and the cost to remove them to replace a faulty roof can quickly erode any financial savings you may have made. Savings calculations estimated by solar companies are typically based on a 30 year period of constant use. Therefore your roof must be assured of having a life of at least 30 years, including all flashings and penetrations, and be structurally able to handle the increased weight and wind-loading from the panels.
ABB will select the proper panels based on geographic region, amount of shading the roof gets, roof type and the building’s orientation to the sun.