I know… my normal posts on this blog are recipes, or interesting tips and tricks on the different veggies that we grow. Recently however our company has gotten solar panels installed across 4 roofs on our Canadian site, and there’s a lot of very interesting facts about the reasoning behind why we did this, so I thought I’d share it with you folks!
We had installed a total of 882 of these solar panels. Each panel is 6 ½ by 3 ½ feet, and cover a total square footage of just over 18,300 on top of a number of our roofs
The specific kind of solar panel we had installed is called the Q.Plus L-G4.1 -and though that title means relatively nothing to those of us who aren’t super familiar with solar panel lingo- this specific panel is the strongest module of its type on the market globally. It was specially designed for large solar power plants to reduce BOS costs. For those of you who don’t know what BOS costs are *achem me* , here’s a photo and description to help you follow along:
The Balance of System components of a photovoltaic system can be understood as balancing the DC power-generating subsystem of the solar array (left side) with the power-using side of the AC-household appliances and the utility grid (right side).
Here are some of the benefits that come with installing solar panels:
First, solar panels are more friendly to the environment. They reduce air pollution by eliminating harmful carbon dioxide and methane emissions from fossil fuels. Continuing to eliminate these traditional energy sources is a huge step in the right direction for affecting climate change. They also are a huge aid to the environment by eliminating water pollution. While traditional energy sources require large amounts of water to power their cooling requirements, solar panels requires exactly ZERO gallons of water. Another benefit of installing these panels is that while energy is non-renewable, solar panels are infinitely renewable, being powered by the worlds most abundant energy source- the sun.
In conclusion, not only will these panels save our company money that we would otherwise be spending on copious amounts of energy, they are a huge asset to protecting our environment from potential excessive air, water, and resource waste.