Is Your Business Location Ideal for Off-Grid Power?  

Is Your Business Location Ideal for Off-Grid Power?  

Considering an off-grid power system for your business? The decision largely hinges on your location and what’s available around you. In this blog post, we’ll simplify the key factors discussed in a recent meeting at Off Grid Power Systems and help you understand if your business spot is an ideal fit for an off-grid setup. 

Let’s Break It Down 

1. Sunlight Matters for Solar Power 

When it comes to solar power, having enough open space facing south is crucial. This could mean a south-facing roof or an open area with a clear view of the sky to the south. Businesses need sufficient roof or ground space to generate the power they need. If your business is in a location with a lot of gray winter days, more solar panels might be needed to compensate. 

2. Wind Power: An Alternative? 

Questions often come up about wind power, especially in areas like Central Ohio with cloudy winters. Adding more solar panels can help during low-sun periods, but businesses need a system that can handle electrical loads even on gloomy days. Net metering programs can help. A business could sell excess power production back to the grid during peak times, like early evenings, and use these credits to buy energy from the grid when production is low. The same is true, of course, with solar. 

3. Wind Turbines and Open Spaces 

If you have open spaces or farmland, wind turbines could be an option. Combining wind and solar power is possible, but the engineering involved in installing tall towers for wind turbines can be complex. Off Grid Power Systems collaborates with experienced companies for such setups. 

4. Hydropower: A Less Practical Option 

Hydropower, generated from rivers or streams, might sound appealing but is often less practical. While it provides continuous power, the engineering challenges and permits make it less common, especially in areas like Central Ohio. 

5. Location Matters for Permits 

Installing solar panels or wind turbines might require permits, and the rules vary based on location. For businesses, the permit landscape differs from residential setups. Agricultural and farm customers might have different requirements, and Off Grid Power Systems aims to follow the appropriate codes and best practices. 

6. Permits and Inspections 

The need for permits and inspections depends on the type of installation and whether it’s a dwelling unit. Residential settings might have different rules compared to agricultural or business setups. Safety measures, like rapid shutdown systems, are required for residential roof installations to protect firefighters against potential electrocution dangers during emergencies. 

In summary, the suitability of your business location for an off-grid power system boils down to available sunlight, wind potential, and the practicality of hydropower. Off Grid Power Systems primarily focuses on solar installations due to their practicality and effectiveness in most cases. Before diving in, it’s essential to consider local permits and inspections, ensuring a safe and compliant set-up for your business. And Off-Grid Power Systems can guide you through the process.