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Rooftop gardens and solar plates, is it for you?

accountant37004113.jpgSolar energy is starting to spark more interest among manufacturing plants and other facilities. Should you convert to solar energy? While the costs of installing solar energy are expensive, it can save you more money in the long run as you won't actually have a power bill. However, how can you generate enough energy to power your entire plant? What would happen to the power during a storm? Would you need to switch to alternative power sources during this time?

The use of solar energy has been promoted for a number of years but recently it is seeming to gain more attention as global warming is a growing concern and many people see pollution issues. Since pollution is controllable, it is important for your manufacturing plant to look for ways to limit the amount of pollution you are creating.

To generate solar energy, you will need to install solar panels. Solar panels are made by a variety of glasses and they will be charged when they are in direct contact with the sun. If you have seen the smaller solar lights for your yard, it is essentially the same type of thing as the glass will "grab" the sunlight's energy all day and will charge atoms and convert them to energy for your manufacturing plant. However you need direct contact with the sunlight in order for it to work.

You will then need a connected inverter which will take the sunlight's energy and convert it to DC electricity and AC electricity. Most businesses will install the solar panels right on top of their roof as this is the best place to get in contact with the sun. Make sure you don't have trees that block the sunlight and you only want to use the solar energy if your plant is far away from other buildings that could cast shadows on the solar panels.

How much money can you expect to save? Right now customers that use solar energy in their homes see a savings of about 80 to 100 percent on their utility bills. This is because they completely rely on solar energy only to power their home.

Solar panels are starting to drop in price as they are becoming more popular and there is a greater demand for them. One advantage you will also experience with solar panels is the ability to market your manufacturing plant as a green manufacturing plant. Many customers are choosing only to work with companies that have focused on saving energy and reducing the amount of excess waste and other things that are being contributed to the environment.

The other way to earn more attention in your industry is by installing rooftop gardens. Many companies are using rooftop gardens as a way to give their employees a place to "escape" to when they are in need of a break. Rooftop gardens are a nice way to reduce pollution and many plants are actually using the gardens to grow foods to donate to food shelters or to use the foods in their production process. Make sure installing a rooftop garden is a possibility for your company before you just try to do it. There are several different regulations you need to follow with rooftop gardens. They are a lot of fun for your facility, especially if you are in a populated district where your employees don't have a lot of opportunity to go outside and catch some fresh air in a nice garden environment.

Green manufacturing is the future. What are you doing to reduce pollution and to take your manufacturing plant into the new wave of the future?

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