As solar grows and becomes less expensive than non-renewable energy sources, more and more people are turning to solar as their main form of electrical power. What are you waiting for?
You are probably thinking that the way to go is to install panels on your roof for your personal consumption. However, there is another option. There are companies out there that will pay you to lease your roof space! It is a great way to make money off an otherwise unused part of your property. Companies lease your roof space to install solar panels and sell the electricity to an organization that wishes to use solar-generated electricity. So, why would you install solar on your roof for someone else’s use? Well, there are three primary reasons. First, you may not need much electricity for your building but you have a lot of property. Second, companies will pay you to lease your roof, turning unused space into a revenue-generating asset. Third, by providing roof space to host a solar array, you are helping the environment for years to come. Whether for personal benefit or as a part of something bigger, installing solar will benefit you in more ways than one.
The roof is the most common place to install a solar array. It provides convenient access for maintenance while keeping the array out of the way of everyday life. Naturally, some roofs are better suited for solar than others. These “better” roofs are either flat or have a south-facing tilt. However, if your roof is compromised or leaking your roof may not be optimal. Unless you have Superior Seamless Roofing spray their popular product Expandothane or a Gaco Roofing product on your roof. They spray a polyurea roof coating that will seal your roof to prevent leaking and essentially gives you a waterproof roof. Typically you can spot a polyurea roof coating because the roof is white, like the photo above. Now that your roof is a suitable structure and won’t be compromised.
Another aspect to consider when choosing a good roof is roof area. Larger roofs are ideal because they can host more solar. This also plays into the supply/demand aspect of solar. If you have a large roof that could fit a one-megawatt solar array, but you only need 20 kilowatts, then installing solar for your personal consumption does not make as much sense. However, installing solar for an organization that uses a megawatt of electricity makes more sense. By allowing a solar company to install solar on your unused roof, you are helping to generate renewable electricity for an organization that really needs the capacity. That is great for the organization who will be using the electricity, but what is in it for you?
Most Solar Companies will pay you to lease your roof. At this point you might be thinking that you want your own solar array that provides electricity for your building, not someone else’s building. The Solar Company handles everything from financing and permitting to installation and maintenance of the array. This creates a risk-free way for you to earn some extra money from an unused part of your building.
Not only are you getting paid for your roof space, but you also get bragging rights to your customers, clients, and competitors. You are able to show the community that you have made the choice to “go green” and are making a positive impact on the environment. Advertising that you have installed solar is a great marketing tool to attract customers/clients who are environmentally conscious. It also gives you an edge over your competitors in that regard. Additionally, solar is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, even if your footprint is small to begin with.
Solar panels do not produce or emit any greenhouse gasses. They are noise-less and can be easily hidden from view on your roof. Probably the best benefit of solar panels, is that solar is a renewable form of energy. The sun is constantly outputting energy in the form of sunlight, and taking advantage of this natural resource does not deplete it. So, not only will installing solar panels on your roof benefit the organization using the electricity, it will benefit you and it will benefit the environment.
Leasing your roof to a solar company is a wonderful way to get involved with solar. It sounds like a no brainer to turn an unused area into a risk-free, revenue-generating asset. Your surrounding community and environment will thank you for taking a step towards a greener world. Now is the time to look at solar as a profitable form of renewable energy generation. If you would like to get more information specific to your roof, please give us a call at (860) 238.3113 or fill out the form on this page.