Since the advent of solar energy, many people have come to appreciate the reason why it is called an alternative form of energy. Many homes that initially stayed in darkness have more reasons to smile. Businesses too are not left behind, for many have managed to considerably reduce their operation costs by moving from the other costly forms of energy to the relatively cheaper solar energy. While solar panels are used both in residential and commercial areas, there is a wide range of differences with regards to the kinds used for each location. The following are some of these differences.
Business solar panels are often larger as compared to the residential ones. They are often a foot wider and feature 96 cells as opposed to the residential ones that feature only 72 cells.
It is important to note that solar panels are sold per kilowatt hour. For this reason, there is no actual cost difference between commercial and residential solar panels. However, given the higher energy demands of commercial areas coupled with the higher number of cells of the solar panels used in these areas, it therefore means that business solar systems are more cost-effective.
Solar panels come in either white or black. The white solar panels are used both for commercial and residential areas. However, due to certain security concerns, the home solar panels can be black. Anyway, this is not a provision for businesses as they are only offered with a white backing.
While both commercial and residential panels can be mounted on a roof with a bolted racking system, solar panels for business often require a non-ballasted mounting system, due to the fact that most of these systems are mounted on flat roofs. This is especially necessary for easier installation, since a business may require more than just one solar panel.