Greenhouses and the associated working areas generally have large roof areas. A roof area with solar panels provides an additional function, enabling a company to produce sustainable energy with limited adjustments and significant energy cost savings.
A solar panel, also referred to as a photovoltaic panel or PV panel, comprises around 40-80 solar cells. A solar cell is a miniature power plant that converts the sunlight it receives into electric power. The electric power is converted from direct current into alternating current (230 V) via a converter. This can be connected to a wall socket with a regular plug and transmits its energy to the electricity network. The power can be immediately used and the unused power is returned to the power grid.
Debets Schalke was involved at a very early stage in the application of various solar panel systems. With its many years of experience with greenhouses, the application of solar panels has been well thought out. Debets Schalke can fit greenhouses, stables and working spaces with integrated solar panels. Solar panels can also be integrated into a custom-made roof or a sandwich roof.
Return on in-house generated energy
Given the expected rise in energy prices, investing in in-house managed energy production is becoming increasingly attractive. Many energy providers will offset the power produced by a grower against the electricity consumed, at the same rate as the power purchased, without limitation (netting).
The various investment tax credit opportunities available also make a solar panel installation an interesting proposition.