Different Kinds Of Solar Installations

Solar power has several applications. Solar panels can be installed almost anywhere, including on rooftops, canopies over parking lots, fields, and floating platforms in the center of lakes and ponds. Residential, commercial/industrial, community and utility-scale solar systems are the four broad categories into which solar energy installations are typically classified.

All of these solar power systems are based on the same fundamental technology; size, location, cost, and function are the main points of differentiation.

Commercial And Industrial Solar

When flying, do you ever look out the window and notice how many buildings have empty, flat roofs? These structures, often factories or warehouses, are ideal for installing solar panels.

Rooftops, parking lot canopies in shopping centers, and open fields on a business’s property are all appropriate locations for solar panel installations, as are small and medium businesses and industrial factories. Businesses nationwide have a fantastic opportunity to reap financial benefits from solar energy.

Residential Solar

Solar panel installations are beneficial for homeowners in almost every climate. Rooftop installations on detached single-family homes are the most common residential solar panel system type.

However, ground-mounted, carport, and pergola installations are also viable options. Any excess energy generated by a home solar power system is fed back into the grid and used to reduce the homeowner’s monthly electricity bill through “net metering.”

Community Solar

If you don’t have adequate space to install solar panels on your roof but still want to take advantage of clean, renewable energy, you may sign up for a subscription to a nearby solar farm and buy some of the power generated there. This is what we call “community solar.”

Utility-Scale Solar

Large power plants are the source of the electricity that feeds into your house and company from your electrical utility. Historically, fossil fuels and nuclear energy have been used to fuel these facilities.

Still, utilities increasingly rely on the widespread expansion of renewable resources like solar and wind to meet their electrical needs. Utility-scale solar panel systems are enormous—often between 500 to 30,000 times larger than a domestic solar installation—and sell their electricity straight to utilities powering tens of thousands of homes and businesses.


There are a wide variety of solar systems, each optimized for a specific task. Whereas commercial and industrial solar systems are designed to supply power for extensive facilities, domestic solar panels are sized to provide electricity for individual homes.

In contrast, community solar is a group effort in which many people can reap the benefits of solar power without each needing to set up individual systems on their properties. The most significant solar projects, utility-scale systems, can provide enough electricity to light entire cities.

Many criteria, including energy demands, geographic location, and financial constraints, should be considered while deciding between the various solar installation types. These various solar projects will play an essential role in the future shift to renewable energy sources, especially as solar technology continues to improve.

At Sun Services USA, we manage the entire process, including site survey, engineering, utility applications, and installation! Even if there are no significant updates, we’ll check in with you once per week to keep you informed. If you have any queries or require assistance, please get in touch with our team.