Solar power is perhaps the most innovative of all of the renewable energy solutions, and it is being used in increasingly advanced ways in order to harness the infinite energy source that is the sun. One of the most striking uses of solar thermal collectors can be seen across the Atlantic in the small town of Loanhead in Scotland.
Located just a few miles south of the capital city of Edinburgh stands an arresting solar power system fitted onto a pyramid-shaped office building. The building, which has been shortlisted for a Solar Power Portal Award for “Most Innovative System Design”, is a 48 kilowatt structure and uses 193 solar modules, four inverters and 1,158 clamp bases to generate more than 41,000 kWh annually, enough to cover Survey Solutions’ (the company that uses the building) yearly electric demand. This will mean the company can operate completely off the grid.
Tom King, managing director of the firm behind the innovate project said: “The solar pyramid is the most challenging project that I have planned to date and many companies declared it to be impossible – due to the building’s unusually steep inclination.”
The building uses dummy solar panels to give the impression that the entire surface of the pyramid is covered with solar thermal collectors and King said that designing the scaffold to fit the panels proved to be an immense challenge. “The modules at the top of the pyramid were installed first, making it essential for them to be fixed securely in place.”
Solar power for the future of business
A pyramid is certainly one of the most innovative commercial structures we have seen embracing solar panels, and we wouldn’t expect Solar America’s customers to erect similar structures to install SunQuest 250 solar thermal collectors. However, the project in Scotland and the way solar energy has been used to generate all of the company’s yearly electric demands is a fine example of how solar panels can benefit the long-term existence of businesses.
Energy bills amount to a significant chunk of business overhead. Solar panels have been shown to reduce gas bills by as much as 90% for home and business owners in the U.S. and several projects using Solar America Solutions’ SunQuest 250 system have proven that reliance of fossil and nuclear fuel-producing utility companies can be reduced by up to 100%. If your business was spending $2000 per month on energy, that’s a saving of $24,000 per year!
The installation of solar panels will also enhance a business’s image of being an environmentally friendly. Making a conscious effort to reduce carbon footprint and help protect the planet will place a business high up on the list for customers when looking for a brands that can be trusted.
Survey Solutions’ effort to make their business self-sufficient is a fine example of how businesses can function in the future, in not only the U.K., but also right here in the U.S. as well as the rest of the world. Solar energy is now able to compete with fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, and we are proud that Solar America’s SunQuest 250 solar thermal collectors are at the forefront of its efficiency.