Solar Panels | A Perfect Match For Commercial Buildings

Industrial Roof Solar


When re-roofing a commercial property, we always advise our clients to consider the installation of solar panels. As frequent readers of our technical articles can attest, Maguire Brothers are great advocates of solar; we have seen countless clients utilise this abundant, cost-effective energy resource.

Occasionally, due to the initial outlay, our suggestions may be met with a degree of hesitancy. This soon dissipates once clients become fully aware of the numerous advantages of solar. It is always wise to view the installation of solar panels as an investment, as opposed to an expense.

The advantages of solar have been discussed for some time, and seeing solar panels on buildings no longer holds an air of intrigue. Both the residential and commercial sectors reap significant benefits, but as commercial roofing contractors, we will focus on the advantages to the commercial sector.

Can my commercial building benefit from solar panels?

As previously discussed, the sheer variety of commercial roof types, such as slate, metal, and flat roofing systems, all offer opportunities for the installation of solar panels.

All commercial buildings can benefit.  Solar panels are bespoke to your premises, and can be installed on nearly all building types within all sectors, from churches to schools. There are, however, some building types where the installation of solar panels can see a quicker solar payback.

Which commercial buildings benefit most from solar panels?

Solar panels on buildings such as warehouses and industrial premises are particularly recommended – the sheer amount of available roof space offers ample opportunity to install solar panels. These types of roofs are unused, as opposed to other roof types, where there may be a degree of footfall. This footfall, however, should not deter the installation of solar panels, as a bespoke system will be designed for your roof.

Countless buildings, ranging from office blocks to hospitals, also offer ideal opportunities for the installation of PV panels. As always, we recommend speaking with a competent commercial roofing specialist to survey your roof and design a system accordingly.

Why do commercial benefits benefit from solar?

Commercial buildings, in particular warehouses, distribution centres and factories, are energy-intensive buildings. The much-discussed energy crisis is a significant worry to all, but due to the sheer amount of energy used, commercial buildings may well bear the brunt of costs.

The installation of solar panels enables the commercial sector to become somewhat ‘energy independent’ by self-generating energy, thus becoming free from the sky-high bills most are facing. Further to this, any unused power can either be stored on-site via batteries, or exported back to the grid, enabling you to profit from excess energy.

Do solar panels on commercial buildings require maintenance?

Solar panels are both resilient and reliable, and as such require little maintenance, which is particularly advantageous to buildings where the roof isn’t easily accessible.

Do solar panels affect the property price of my commercial building?

Solar panels are often a great draw to prospective buyers, especially within the commercial sector. For a new occupant, a solar panel installation reaps immediate financial benefits. Furthermore, sustainability is something which all businesses are keen to project, and a building equipped with solar panels certainly illustrates green credentials.

As commercial roofing contractors, Maguire Brothers are well-versed in the installation of solar panels. Established for over 40 years and working throughout London, Surrey and the wider South of England, we are well placed to assist with the roofing and external refurbishment of your commercial building.

This article, as with all other articles we produce, is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute formal advice and should not be relied upon as such. For bespoke, unbiased advice relating to your commercial roofing project please contact us and we would be pleased to assist.

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