According to a recent report, about 40% of the energy used in the U.S. each year is utilized by commercial buildings. It’s why so many American businesses have started to embrace solar energy like never before.
Solar energy can help companies save money. It can also help them reduce their carbon footprint and show people they’re making a strong push to do what’s best for the planet.
Is your commercial property relying on solar technology yet? If not, you should think about having commercial solar panels installed. Building a solar panel pergola might also be something you want to consider.
So, what is a solar panel pergola? How does a solar pergola work? And what are the benefits of sticking solar panel systems on a pergola?
Find out more about solar panel pergolas below, so you can decide if using one for your commercial building would be the best idea.
Why Are They So Useful?
Under normal circumstances, those who choose to put solar panels on their commercial buildings will have them installed on their roofs. But this isn’t always an option for everyone.
Some commercial buildings have roofs that are on the older side and won’t be able to support the weight of solar panels. Others are small buildings that won’t provide enough space for solar panels to go on roofs.
This is where solar panel pergolas can help. A solar panel pergola is a pergola that is designed to hold enough solar panels to provide solar energy to a commercial building.
In some instances, an existing pergola can be used to create a solar-panel pergola. But more often than not, those who wish to set up solar panel pergolas for commercial buildings will create them from scratch. It’ll ensure these structures are able to withstand the weight of the solar panels on top of them.
How Does a Solar Panel Pergola Work?
A solar panel pergola works just like any other solar panel system. The only difference between solar panel pergolas and other solar panel systems is that they’ll feature solar panels on top of pergolas as opposed to on top of buildings.
If a solar panel pergola is built from scratch for a commercial building, the solar company manufacturing it will begin by picking the right spot to put it. Ideally, it’ll be constructed in a place where it’ll be able to get the most sunlight possible.
The solar company will also determine how many solar panels they’ll be able to safely install on the top of the pergola. They’ll need to install enough of them to provide a commercial building with the solar energy it needs without putting the structural integrity of the pergola at risk.
Finally, a solar company will work on putting solar panels on a pergola and connecting them to a commercial building. It’ll enable these solar panels to send solar energy to a commercial building as they collect sunlight and convert it to solar energy.
What Are the Benefits of a Solar Panel Pergola?
There are many benefits that will come along with using a solar panel pergola versus installing solar panels on a commercial building’s roof the traditional way.
For starters, a solar panel pergola will help you avoid having to put the roof of your commercial structure at risk. You won’t have to worry about solar panels causing any complications.
You’ll also love that a solar panel pergola can be strategically positioned to capture more sunlight than solar panels on a roof could. It’ll allow the solar panels to create more solar energy than solar panels on a roof would be able to.
Additionally, you’ll come to appreciate the fact that it will be a little closer to the ground than solar panels on a commercial building’s roof would be. It’ll make it easier to clean, maintain, and repair them over time.
Who Can Help You Install?
Do you like the idea of having a solar panel pergola installed for your commercial building? You should kickstart the process by reaching out to a solar company that can assist you. Just make sure you don’t trust just any solar company to get the job done.
The solar company you call on to assist you should have plenty of experience putting these types of solar panel options together. They should also be able to provide you with photos of their solar installations to show you what they’re capable of doing.
The solar company you hire should be able to provide you with a solar panel pergola at a great price, too. It wouldn’t be a bad idea at all to reach out to at least a few solar companies to see how much they’ll charge you to build one on your commercial property.
By locating the right solar company to build a solar panel pergola for you, you’ll be able to take full advantage of it from the start. You’ll wonder why you didn’t decide to install one sooner after seeing just how useful it can be for your commercial building.
Solar Pergolas: Pioneering the Future of Electric Vehicle Charging
As businesses across America shift their gaze towards renewable energy, the innovative pairing of solar pergolas with electric vehicle (EV) charging stations emerges as a game changer. Consider this: A solar panel pergola, strategically placed in a commercial space, can power a fleet of company EVs, ensuring sustainable transportation that leaves a minimal carbon footprint.
For properties like apartment complexes or public venues, installing these solar pergolas not only bolsters green credentials but can serve as a revenue-generating EV charger for the ever-growing community of electric vehicle enthusiasts.
Our Recent Solar Panel Pergola Installations
At the heart of this renewable revolution in Indiana stands Huston Solar. Visitors to our Lafayette office can witness first-hand the versatility of solar panel pergolas. Our campus showcases two distinct pergola designs. One, a testament to the blend of tradition and innovation, is crafted from wood. The other, a symbol of local craftsmanship and resilience, is constructed by the renowned Steinberger Construction.
SunCharge EV Teaser Alert
In a bid to accelerate the green transportation movement, we’re dropping a hint about our ambitious endeavors. We are in the advanced stages of collaborating with Steinberger Construction to engineer an best in class solar pergola and carport systems. This isn’t just any pergola, but one that arches gracefully over parking spaces, transforming them into EV charging carports tailored for our commercial and industrial clientele.
This step not only exemplifies our commitment to a sustainable future but underlines the adaptability of solar technology. As the saying goes, “Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Huston Solar aims to lead by example, turning visionary ideas into tangible realities.
Contact Us for More Information on Commercial Solar Panel Systems.
Quite a few commercial property owners have begun to install solar panel systems in recent years. But they’ve all taken different approaches to bringing these solar panel systems to life.
Huston Solar can help you choose the best solar panel system for your commercial building in Indiana. Whether it be a solar panel system that sits on your roof or a solar panel pergola, we’ll provide you with the best results possible.
Contact us today to learn more about our commercial solar services.