Shining Light on Savings: How Much Energy Will Your Customer Save?

As U.S. electricity prices continue to increase and outstrip the broader inflation rate, the demand for alternative power sources that save on energy and energy-associated expenses is on the rise.

Traditional power supply systems like coal-powered energy grids are becoming more costly with every passing year. However, clean energy systems like Brooklyn Solar Canopy Co.’s solar canopies can produce a consistent supply of energy using renewable resources. These easy-to-install solar canopies save your customers money without compromising their standards of living.

Energy savings are also important in reducing residential and industrial carbon footprints and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Customers who opt for aluminum solar canopy and solar carport solutions can expect to save financially and reduce their emissions, maintaining compliance with evolving environmental regulations and lending a hand in the fight against global warming.

For installers, the energy savings of a solar canopy are an excellent selling point, as is knowing how best to maximize a solar structure’s energy generation capacity for the best possible ROI.

Solar Canopy Energy Generation Explained

Our lightweight aluminum solar canopies are one of the best systems available to produce clean, renewable energy for your customers. Not only do they generate power, but their unique solar structure can also provide solar shade and weather protection for other purposes, such as solar carports and solar pool covers.

But how much power can a solar canopy generate, and will it be enough to meet your customers’ needs? The amount of energy that a solar canopy can generate depends on a few critical factors, including:

The location of the canopy and panels

Parts of the United States with more sunshine hours per day on average will enable a solar canopy to generate more energy. For example, a canopy in Arizona where there’s about 300 sunny days a year may produce more energy on average than one in New York City where 234 days with some sunshine are the norm.

The physical location of the canopy on a property can also influence its energy production capacity. The panels need to be installed in a position that gets as many hours of bright, direct sunlight as possible to produce maximum power and provide your customers with a consistent supply of electricity.

The efficiency of the solar panels

Solar panels come in a range of different capacities and models, and some are more efficient at converting sunlight into clean power than others. The higher the efficiency of the panels you install, the more energy a solar canopy will generate per square meter. The panels your customers select should be based on their available budget and estimated power usage requirements to provide sufficient power for their demands.

Your customers may opt for solar canopies with battery storage and inverters to store their solar power for around-the-clock use. A professional solar installer will need to install this equipment to create a robust and personalized system that ensures optimal efficiency.

The size of the solar system

The size of a system refers to its total capacity in kilowatts (kW). This is calculated by using the number of solar panels installed, and their individual wattage ranges to assess how much power the complete system can produce and store. On average, a solar panel produces about 2 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity daily, and a 1 kW solar panel system can generate around 850 kWh of electricity annually.

Brooklyn Solar Canopy Co.’s solar canopies are designed to support solar panels of all sizes and specifications. The canopy designs are panel agnostic, making it easier for installers to select the ideal power generation system for each customer. Additionally, all our canopies come with a plan set stamped by a professional engineer (PE), ensuring easy constructability regardless of a project’s scale.

Greener Savings for Customers

As a solar canopy installer, you aim to provide your customers with the best solar solutions to meet their needs and keep their monthly energy expenses low. The factors listed above indicate that the amount of energy a system can produce will vary widely according to a number of different criteria. However, generally speaking, all correctly installed residential and commercial solar canopies can pass on significant electricity cost savings to your customers.

When your customers use an aluminum solar canopy or solar carport to produce their own clean energy, they will naturally rely less on the traditional power grid, thereby reducing their electricity consumption. This reduced consumption can significantly lower their monthly electricity expenses while providing them access to all the power they need to maintain their lifestyles and homes.

Some utility providers also offer specialized programs that incentivize homeowners to produce excess solar energy and feed it back into the traditional power grid. If your customers choose to take advantage of one of these programs, they can increase their savings even further without compromising on their power usage.

Solar canopies are a long-term investment, so they do carry up-front costs. Yet, this investment has proven to pay off in the long term. Market Watch estimates that homeowners who install a solar system can save an average of $1,530 on their annual energy bills, which increases if the local electricity rates are higher. Overall, the average homeowner should save anywhere between $20,000 and $96,000 over the duration of a solar panel’s lifetime. Most panels last between 20 and 30 years, with some lasting even longer.

Customers’ accumulated energy cost savings will quickly outstrip the initial cost of the solar pergola and its installation, especially if you install a system with an appropriate size and energy generation capacity.

Some regions and states even offer tax credits for solar canopies or government rebates to offset the expenses of solar canopy and solar panel installations, offering further savings for your customers. The Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit allows individuals to claim 30% of the total cost of their system, including installation costs. In New York, the state tax credit is capped at $5,000 for solar energy systems, highlighting just how much money going solar can save.

These incentives can be a great tool in promoting the adoption and use of solar systems, even among customers and communities with limited budgets. And for those with commercial solar projects the aluminum solar canopies qualify for the Inflation Reduction Acts (IRA) 10% Domestic Content Adder to further reduce material costs.

How Brooklyn Solar Canopy Co. Can Help

Brooklyn Solar Canopy Co. can assist you in estimating the potential energy generation capacity of each of your customers’ solar systems, helping to meet their exact needs with custom-fabricated solar pergolas.

We consider a wide range of factors when making recommendations for canopy solar systems, including your customer’s anticipated energy usage. This helps determine the appropriate system size needed to meet their electricity demands. As an installer, you will also need to assess the planned location of the system, as nearby buildings, trees, or shaded areas can impact the amount of sun exposure your customer’s aluminum solar carport panels will receive.

Our lightweight, easy-to-install solar canopy can accommodate all types of photovoltaic modules, including bifacial modules that produce solar power from both sides of the panel, maximizing the potential for energy generation. This ensures that you can meet or exceed your customers’ electricity generation goals. Additionally, our solar canopies are designed to keep your customers’ panels secure at all times, thanks to patented aluminum structures with robust stainless-steel fasteners.  Their robust design can withstand local snow and wind loads across the United States, making them a safe choice for rooftops, carports, or parking lots.

Last but not least, we offer comprehensive 30-year solar canopy warranties, providing your customers with a long-term power generation solution that promises significant solar canopy ROI on their initial investment.

Extensive Support for Installers

You want to provide your customers with the very best in easy-to-install solar canopy solutions and energy savings, and our process is designed to support your installation process for smooth and streamlined project fulfillment. To get started with Brooklyn Solar Canopy Co., create a new account, and submit your Project Proposal. While we do not provide solar panels or electrical equipment, we can provide product engineering reports for engineer review, along with 3D models of your planned installation.

We provide fabrication services for our residential and commercial solar canopy products, as well as installation manuals for solar canopy designs that lay out every step of construction to simplify the process. We can also review the installation with your team, helping you provide your customers with exceptional experiences and robust solar energy generation systems that will effectively reduce their grid energy usage and associated expenses.

Our Solar Canopy Products

We offer two primary solar canopy product designs to support your customers’ cost-saving solar energy systems: A-Frame canopies and Post-Truss canopies. The A-Frame modern solar canopy design provides the ideal solar canopy for building rooftop use. This design can also be used as a solar carport, swimming pool solar canopy, or solar awning to create shaded seating and communal spaces beneath it.

The Post-Truss solar canopies are the best choice for a customer parking solar canopy system, as well as for commercial solar carports, solar parking lots, and even EV-charging solar carport systems.

Both types of canopies are crafted from durable all-aluminum, engineered to meet wind and snow loads while providing ample opportunity for customization.

Solar: Saving Money & The Planet

Solar canopy systems come in a wide range of different specifications and power generation capacities, depending on the efficiency of the solar panels used, the placement of the panels and the canopy, and the size and capacity of the complete solar system being installed. This does mean that customers’ energy savings can vary widely, but when the correctly sized system is installed, significant energy and cost savings are almost certain to result.

Brooklyn Solar Canopy Co.’s solar canopies are designed to maximize your customers’ solar panels’ sun exposure, providing them with a generous source of clean power to reduce their reliance on the grid. This reduced reliance can translate into notable cost savings over time while still giving customers access to the power they need to meet their individual demands.

If your customer is looking to buy a solar canopy or an aluminum solar carport, consult a BSCC representative today. We’ll help you with a quotation, personalized professional solar canopy installation advice, and answers to any questions you may have about selecting and installing an award-winning solar canopy for your customers.