Solar panels have been installed on the roof of Buist Byars & Taylor’s Mt. Pleasant office, in an effort to be more environmentally conscious and reduce energy costs. Charleston-based solar energy company Southern Current handled the installation of 64 panels in November. The set-up was tested then implemented at the end of the year, and is now fully operational.
Gray Taylor, managing partner of the firm, expects the solar panels to be beneficial in several ways. “While the actual amount of energy collected by the solar panels will vary day to day, our firm will save money on the cost of the electricity we use in the long run and be part of a more sustainable clean energy usage model. It is our hope that more businesses and residences will consider implementing solar power,” said Taylor.
Individual solar electricity systems are given a kilowatts peak (kWp) rating, which indicate the amount at which the panels generate energy at peak performance. Buist Byars & Taylor’s system is estimated at 20.79 kWp. In the first two months of use, the energy collected measures 3.54 MWh, which translates to environmental benefits equal to nearly 5500 lbs of CO2 emission saved, or 138 trees planted or 10,721 light bulbs powered for a day.