Solar Power in Manufacturing Industry
Commercial enterprises are looking for new ways to use clean, renewable energy sources like solar power that can help their businesses reduce costs and become more independent of energy.
Companies in almost every sector of all shapes and sizes have made some big moves and installed solar systems to get their energy bills down.
Manufacturers embracing solar energy
Manufacturing is one industry that can significantly benefit from solar power. Companies in this sector utilize a considerable amount of electricity during times of production. All this energy creates a massive overhead cost for the company, besides contributing to pollution in the power plant.
While the amount of electricity used will vary from one manufacturing company to the next, we know that they will eventually be using a significant amount of juice – and are constantly paying for it.
According to the data retrieved from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, preliminary estimates between 2010 to 2014, manufacturing energy consumption increased by around 3.7%. This is the first time since 2002 showing this number of growth within a four-year time frame.
The increase in energy consumption and the expected rise in retail electricity prices in the commercial sector may significantly affect the industry. This can result in manufacturers facing higher overhead operational costs, which will take a significant chunk of their budget. Even though engineers will continue to improve solar technologies and boost panel and cell efficiency, manufacturers should immediately take part in the cost-cutting solutions that accompany grand-scale commercial solar panel installations.
Advantages of adopting solar power in the manufacturing industry
Here are some of the biggest benefits of using solar power in factories.
- They provide energy during peak hours – Peak manufacturing hours usually take place during the day, along with the timing of maximum solar exposure. Thus, factories can shift to solar power instead of relying on the grid, which saves costs in overhead charges. With powerful backup facilities, factories can also partly power their operations after the sun sets with the energy stored in battery packs.
- Easy maintenance – Solar power doesn’t include moving parts or complex mechanical components. There is only little maintenance required for solar power as they are far less liable to any breakdown and equipment fault. In addition, solar power is noise-free which scores another point for environmental friendliness.
- Easy customization and flexibility – Using the power from the primary grid may also come with restrictions placed by the grid operators. Factories don’t usually have the freedom to manage their power supply and optimize energy consumption. However, solar power offers this freedom. In-house solar panel companies can regulate the power supply and gain more control in their shifts.
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Besides creating sustainable materials for our products (including packaging, labeling and printing), the power in manufacturing these products is now mainly derived from the sun. Whether you’re our long time partner or are new to us, rest assured that your products are made with the world in mind.
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