Answers to the Questions You Were Always too Afraid to Ask About Solar Energy

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Just admit it.

You’ve got a couple of burning questions about solar that you’ve been too embarrassed to ask. Or maybe, you’ve just never had the opportunity to sit down with a solar expert to discuss the nitty-gritty details of solar for business.

Well, today you’re in luck.

I’ve found myself a solar expert to answer all of those questions you’ve been dying to ask! Kyle Scott, solar extraordinaire, entrepreneur and founder of Centre Star Solar sat down with me to provide a bit of insight about solar and the importance of renewable energy for business.

Here’s what he had to say:

CSRtist: What’s the incentive–for companies in particular–to invest in solar energy?

Kyle: Typically, the largest incentive relates to monetary gains. Depending on where your company is located, you can often make money back. I’ve seen a lot of small business owners invest in solar to save for their retirement or to make long-term business investments.

Of course, solar is a lot more than just a good monetary investment. Going solar contributes to a more sustainable environment and all the while it enhances your company’s reputation. The marketing and PR perks of going solar cannot be overstated.

It’s not only good for the planet, but it’s also good for your bottom line!

CSRtist: Does my business need a building permit?

Kyle: Yes. The requirements will vary dependant on where your business is located, so make sure you do your research before any installation begins.

CSRtist: What about roof maintenance?

Kyle: It’s recommended that you replace any shingles or roofing that may be aging or in disrepair. I typically recommend installing a 50-year shingle (a metal roof is best) to ensure that you don’t run into problems down the road.

The good news is that solar panels actually provide a lot of protection to your roof once installed.

CSRtist: What about solar panel maintenance?

Kyle: Preparation is key. Making sure that a certified professional is installing your panels is extremely important. It’s also recommended that you have a certified professional perform an inspection at least once every two years.

CSRtist: My business is located in a cold region and it snows a lot during the winter. Is it still worth my while to invest in solar?

Kyle: Absolutely! Snow coverage will cause a dip in energy generation, but the snow will melt quickly on the system and you’ll be back to full operating capacity once the panels are clear. In fact, solar panels work optimally in cooler climates.

CSRtist: Do you have any tips on how to choose the right solar energy installation company?

Kyle: You have to be careful and do your research. We’ve seen a lot of people who have jumped onto the solar industry bandwagon–who’ve started companies and hired staff who lack prior training or experience.

It’s important to hire a certified professional to get the job done safely and correctly.

CSRtist: What’s next for solar?

Kyle: BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics) are the next big thing for solar. Photovoltaics will actually be imbedded into your shingles and windows–it’s super cool!

We’ll also see more things like solar powered charging stations for electric vehicles.

And of course, battery technologies will improve–something we’re already seeing with the new Tesla battery that just came onto the market.

CSRtist: Are you optimistic about the future of solar energy?

Kyle: I am. Solar energy isn’t just trendy–it’s clean, it’s sustainable and it’s effective.

Power is all around us, we just need to harness that energy in a clean way.

That’s the key.

Hopefully our interview provided you with a bit of insight and answered some of the questions you’ve been waiting to have answered!

Has your company installed solar panels? What advice would you give companies looking to make the move over to clean energy?

I welcome you to leave your comments in the reply section below or Tweet to me about them @CSRtist! Don’t forget to follow the blog for more inspiring posts on all-things relating to corporate good.

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