We all know that solar energy is collected from renewable resources that are constantly replenished. Thanks to technology, solar panels are now widely used to convert light from the sun into electricity or heat. With the emerging emphasis on sustainability and renewable energy, solar power is a hot topic nowadays. In 2022, there are 22 million US homes that have solar panels installed.
While solar panels are typically installed on any flat or southerly-facing roof, they are also compatible with metal buildings. Let’s explore why prefabricated steel structures and solar panels go well together:
Installation is easier on metal buildings
Solar panels typically weigh 40 pounds each. Since metal buildings have sturdy roof surfaces, this allows them to carry the weight of solar PV systems. Compared to traditional buildings, the installation process on steel structures is easier and faster. There’s no need to drill holes into the roof that cause wear and tear and leaks. The solar panels can be easily mounted directly to a standing seam roof.
In addition, the reflective properties of metal buildings can help redirect sunlight to the solar panels. reflecting sunlight onto the panels. Here are the types of solar panels that are compatible with steel structures:
- Crystalline Panel Array
- Monocrystalline Solar Panels
- Thin-Film Solar Panels
- Bifacial Solar Panels
- Laminate Solar Panels
Make sure to choose the type of solar panel that’s best for your metal building. A professional metal building supplier can recommend the most suitable and optimal solar panel for your building.
Longer lifespan compared to traditional buildings
A standard solar panel has a lifespan of 25 years. Given its durability, a solar panel system is likely to outlast a building with an asphalt roof. In case of a roof replacement, you need to carefully remove and reinstall the solar panels. This process can be daunting and time-consuming.
That’s why we recommend solar panels on metal structures. In contrast, most steel buildings last anywhere from 50 to 100 years. The durability and long-lasting sturdiness of steel provide a secure surface for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. With prefab metal buildings, your solar panel longevity will increase significantly.
Metal buildings typically have low-pitched roofs
If you have a steep roof, the solar panels won’t be able to generate much energy. Structures with 40-degree pitched roofs are not effective in energy production. As metal buildings tend to have a low roof pitch, they are a great match for solar PV panels.
To maximize exposure to sunlight, the solar panels on your metal building must be installed at an ideal angle. Most experts recommend at least a 30-degree roof pitch. This will allow the solar panels to produce enough energy. The solar panels should be installed facing true south for optimal sunlight and electricity production.
Before starting your solar installation project, consult with a qualified metal building supplier and installers in your area.
Better cost savings
It goes without saying that installing solar panels is very cost-effective. While it’s true that solar panels on metal buildings cost money upfront, they can help you save money in the long run. Depending on the number of panels and your building size, you can save hundreds to thousands in electricity costs.
Over its entire lifespan, a solar panel system can help you save between $20,000 to $75,000. If your electricity bills are mounting, PV panels on your metal building are a great investment. Aside from big savings on utility, you can be eligible for tax credits with solar installations. Many states offer income tax incentives or rebates for homeowners with residential solar panel systems. You can get at least $1,000 to $6,000 worth of tax credits.
Owning a steel building alone can benefit you from 10% tax credits. Check to see if there are federal tax credits that you can take advantage of.
Get a Solar-Ready Metal Building Today
At Texas Custom Metal Buildings of Midland, we can upgrade any steel structure with solar panels. Our company specializes in metal carports, barndominiums, and steel barns. All our prefab metal buildings can be fully customizable to include your preferred features and accessories. These structures can be expanded and reconfigured according to your needs.
We take pride in our installation procedures, workmanship, and industry expertise. Talk to us about getting your metal building project started.