Discover industrial-scale solar solutions for warehouses, reduce carbon footprint and boost profitability.
Solar panels for warehouses.
Thanks to ample unused roof spaces, warehouses are an ideal base for solar panels. When you consider huge (and increasing!) energy bills and consistent demand, solar panels for warehouses seem like a no-brainer.
That’s where we come in. Solar Fast offer solar panel installation at an industrial scale to meet your demands, reduce your carbon footprint and boost your bottom line.
Read on to discover why you should be investing in solar energy.
The power of warehouse space
Warehouse spaces are a goldmine for renewable energy, specifically solar panels. In fact, the UK warehousing Association (UKWA) commissioned an independent research report to uncover the true potential of solar power for warehouses.
The report found that the UK offers roof space for as much as 15GW of new solar power. This could:
- Double the UK’s solar capacity
- Slash carbon emissions by 2 million tonnes per year
- Save the warehousing sector a staggering £3bn per year
- Reduce warehousing electricity bills from between 40-80%
The result? The warehousing sector would become a net producer of green electricity in the UK. Will you be part of the change?
Transform unused roof space into an asset and slash energy costs.
In addition to the feel-good factor of tackling climate change, installing solar panels can save you a lot of money. By transforming your unused roof space into an asset, you’ll access free electricity for 25 years (the lifespan of your solar panels).
While the initial investment is substantial, you’ll soon reap the benefits. Based on a typical industrial-scale solar panel set-up, you can expect to pay back installation costs within five years!
Forward-thinking businesses are happy to spend now to save significant amounts of money in the future. Plus, with the option to finance your solar set-up with Solar Fast, you don’t need to invest the capital upfront.
Reduce your carbon footprint
We can no longer ignore the climate crisis, and you shouldn’t either. Businesses play a big part if the Government are to reach their Net Zero target and protect our planet. Solar power is one of the cleanest and most sustainable energy sources in the world. Unlike other energy sources, solar power is renewable. If the sun exists, there will be solar power. So, why not make use of it?
So, while saving on energy costs, you’ll also demonstrate your social responsibility. In addition, you might win some new business based on your green credentials.
Boost the benefits with solar battery storage
The benefits go on. If you invest in solar battery storage, you’ll be able to bank energy and power your warehouse around the clock. As a result, you’ll become less reliant on the grid and potentially wholly self-sustained.
Further benefits of solar panels for warehouses
- Solar panels are low maintenance and come with a 25 year warranty.
- You can use solar panels to charge your EV fleet to boost green efforts further.
- Investing in renewable energy can improve your reputation.
Are you ready to harness the power of solar for your warehouse? Get in touch with our team today to kick-start your renewable energy journey.
Why should I install Solar Panels for my Business?
If there is one thing a business needs, it's stability. Being in control of your energy supply means that your productivity and profit isn’t affected by supply issues or erratic pricing. Using renewable energy also future proofs your business by cutting your electricity bill and therefore reducing any green levies or taxes that will inevitably be introduced in the coming years. Plus, going green is a very marketable commodity.
What type of panels is best for commercial use?
There are 2 types of photovoltaic panels generally used in the UK - monocrystalline and polycrystalline. Without going into too much detail, monocrystalline panels tend to be most popular and widely available. The technology is improving within the industry and Solar Fast supply a half-cell monocrystalline panel that is one of the most efficient products on the market.
A good installer will ensure the most cost effective panels are part of your system.
How many solar panels do I need to run my business?
This would be based on the amount of energy you use, how much space you have to install the panels and what kind of panels you opt for.
Also, it’s best to think of your system as a way to reduce, rather than eradicate, electricity bills. But, regardless of whether your system is large enough to produce most of your energy needs or not, it is certainly a worthwhile investment.
Even a relatively small, 18 panel system would save a medium sized business (50 - 250 employees) up to £4000 a year at current energy prices.
Will I pay VAT on solar panels for my business?
While the government has announced a 0% VAT rate on domestic installations, the VAT is still set at 5% for businesses.
Do I Need a Solar Battery Storage System for my business?
Including batteries in your commercial solar power installation isn’t essential but we would recommend it if the premises are used outside of sunlight hours as, if you are overproducing during the day, this can be stored for later. This means you can continue to save money on your energy even when everyone’s working nights.
If you don’t want to include a battery in your system, we would recommend speaking to your supplier about a SEG (Smart Energy Guarantee) to sell any excess electricity back into the grid.
Do I need planning permission for installing solar panels on a commercial building?
In short, no you don’t, but we will have to add a few caveats to that answer.
Roof based solar system must not stick out more than 200mm from the roof/wall surface it is mounted on. If the system is on a flat roof, the panels must be less than 1m in height above the highest part of the flat roof excluding any chimneys. They must also be over 1m away from any external edges of the roof.
If you are lucky enough to have a business in an area of outstanding natural beauty, or land with similar restrictions, then you can’t have anything on a roof slope or wall facing the road.
New planning rules mean ground-mounted solar arrays of up to nine square metres don’t need planning permission if they are less than 4m tall and you can only have one ground mounted system for each building.
If we don’t own our building can we still install solar panels?
You can indeed but you will need the permission from the landlord and you will still need to comply with any regulations and planning rules attached to the building.
Most landlords would be delighted with one of their tenants installing a system that reduces the carbon foot-print of their property.
Do I need permission to install panels on a listed building?
Yes, yes you do.
Any kind of change to a listed building has to be okayed by the local council and you will have to make a case for your ‘LBC’ (Listed Building Consent). The advantage you will have is that renewable energy provision is a very compelling argument for improving both the cost and carbon footprint of an old building.
Panels are also easy to install, remove or replace with minimal disruption to a building.
How do I get planning permission?
Leave it to us!
We handle planning applications on your behalf as part of the install.
We will also handle structural surveys. These are required whenever the panels increase the structural load on the roof by 15% or more - which is pretty much all commercial installs.
Again, we handle this in your name and payment is made outside of your contract. That way, you get to keep the report to use elsewhere if you decide not to continue with the install.
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