Let’s talk about going green! Solar powered green energy has come a long way in the past decade. The sign industry is finally benefiting from the improved technology with solar powered lighted signs. Is a solar powered sign going to save money, or cost more money in the long run? The are some factors that businesses should consider before buying a solar powered sign.
Where electrical wiring is not present, a solar powered sign is a great option. Installing the wiring to the sign site must be completed by a licensed electrician, and must carry a separate electrical permit. Signs that are solar powered eliminate costly grid-tie installation, while promoting renewable energy solutions. Additionally, businesses will enjoy the benefit of a utility free electrical sign for years.
Solar signs have an additional up-front cost of the solar panels and battery packs, which can cost $2000 or more. However, a business that does not already have a wired storefront can counter that cost by eliminating the need for commercial electrical work and an electrical permit. That being said, the continuing cost of battery replacement is expected every 3 to 5 years. Additionally, the solar panels must be positioned in an area where they can charge the batteries adequately.
It is definitely worth considering a solar powered sign if the building is not already wired for an electric sign, or if the sign is located a long distance from the main power source. Solar signs do have an additional up-front cost of the battery packs and solar panels, but will have no utility costs. The batteries will need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years.