What is Solar Glass?
Solar glass or Photovoltaic Glass is an energy capture device that converts sunlight into electricity. It is made of two or more panes of heat treated, safety glass, and it offers the same thermal, sound insulation, and natural light as conventional window glass. Solar glass can be installed anywhere there’s a window. By providing the same thermal performance as the conventional glass, along with clean, free energy from the sun, buildings can drastically improve their energy efficiency, and reduce their carbon footprint.
How does it work?
Photovoltaic Glass is a solar panel system that is integrated into double glazed panes. It works like a traditional solar collector but the material is transparent and lets the natural light in. The result looks just like a regular window. The installation of PV glass is no less different than regular windows and requires the same handling and lifting machinery.
How is the energy transformed?
The sun’s rays carry photons that are basically bits of light. When a ray of sun hits the solar glass, these photons are absorbed into the silicon in the solar cell and when the photons knock into the cell, they release electrons in the solar cell. This is known as the photoelectric effect. Solar glass are arrays that are a bunch of modules put together, these modules are made of solar cells that are stuck together in a small panel. The solar cells are designed so that one side is positively charged and the other is negatively charged and when the photons loosen up the electrons in the cell, the electrons are connected to the positive side of the cell. When they move from the negative side to the positive side of the cell, they made a current of electricity, which then flows into a wire and powers device.
Why is Photovoltaic Glass an interesting option for commercial buildings?
PV Solar is a reliable and proven technology, according to data from Ontario Wealth Management Corporation, Solar glass as been found to be working at 95% efficiently after 20 years and their lifespan is between 30-40 years. By Installing a PV Solar system your commercial property will benefit from:
Eliminate energy Cost
Reducing your energy costs by using the energy that you generate within your business premises
There are Government Incentive to encourage the installation of PV Solar. You receive a payment for every kWh your PV Solar system generates whether you use it within your business premises or not. The payment rate increases with inflation and payments are received for twenty years. Any energy, which you do not use is transferred back to the grid and you able to claim the export tariff. The combination of feed in tariff payments and energy savings provides excellent returns on investment.
Protect from the future energy cost increases
Save your business from the full effects of future energy cost increases on average electricity has increased 7% per year for the last 10 years.
Increased Property Value
Incorporating solar power into your commercial building can increase the value of your property. Renewable energy systems are known to increase resale value by $20,000 for every $1,000 in annual electricity savings. By investing in PV Solar, you not only boost the economic value of your property but also make it attractive to investors who might be willing to pay a premium for a property that is operationally and economically efficient.