More and more businesses are branching out and investing into the world of renewable energy technologies. Forward thinking business owners are considering the future, by catering to more sustainable and responsible prospects. Energy saving is continuing to be more attractive than ever to businesses across the UK.
Should you invest in ground or air source heat pumps? What about a thermal heatbank? With so many options to choose, from Solar PV to Biomass boilers, many SME’s already know about the potential savings and advantages that can be generated from introducing a renewable energy system to your business or properties.
Are savings your priority? Or maybe it’s building a reliable and efficient future? We aim to show just how to fulfill these great ideas for your business. The business sector is actually the largest consumer of power in the country, buying around 56% of all the UK’s electricity.
When you do decide to invest in green energy solutions, you will be paid for every kWh of energy you generate as part of the popular UK Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive schemes. This works in exactly the same way for homeowners and anyone else who has invested in renewable, and therefore reap the benefits from these schemes. For businesses especially, it’s always important to be vigilant with outgoings and your yearly savings add up! The returns outweigh the costs, and this is one of the most important selling factors. It’s said that every kWh produced with renewable energy products is approximately the equivalent to saving half a tonne of greenhouse gasses each year.
A few key factors in taking advantage of renewable energy:
Feed in tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive
Solar for business
Air source Heat Pumps and Ground Source Heat Pumps
Biomass Boilers and Biomass Stoves
Current insulation methods
Lots of businesses invest from an environmental standpoint, going on to understand the knock on effects of gasses and how to do your bit. However, the huge prospect of savings are usually what converts people and their businesses. Even if you use the energy generated, you will still earn from it.
On weekends you will still be producing energy but not using as much, and you’ll still make money on the returns from the national grid. This money saving scheme can really help small businesses who may be especially money conscious but not have a huge output for energy. It also helps promote how worthwhile renewable energy is to the future, and for the future of small to medium business enterprises.
Biomass Boilers and Solar Energy for Businesses
Biomass products like our Green square Biomass Boilers or Biomass stoves are popular choices in supporting your heating needs. Biomass works by burning pellets or wood which is taken from specially grown and managed areas. Eligibility for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) means you can earn even more whilst making a great addition to your business. Biomass boilers, rather than traditional boilers can be a financially viable option, whilst keeping environmentally friendly.
Biomass products can cater to small or large scale, and has helped in reducing carbon emissions for many companies now. It's worthwhile to look up how locally you may be able to source your wood for biomass products from as it could be surprisingly close. Being carbon neutral, and being in close proximity to a responsibly catered to wooded area means that there is minimal carbon impact. Equally importantly to you, it’s a lot cheaper to produce heat this was than via electricity, whilst you are also paid to produce it too.
You will need to ensure that you have your own building and premises, or long-term lease in place to be eligible for renewables. This is to ensure that you are able to get permission for either the solar panels or biomass/heat pumps to be installed. For biomass deliveries, you will need to be set up for a designated time and date, which you can discuss with your local Green Square energy consultant.
Businesses manage to see a noticeably positive impact when they are heavily reliant on electricity and make the switch to renewables. You can actually reduce your consumption up to 50%, without compromising on warmth and efficiency of your heating. Some people may believe that going green means lacking in power, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Social and economical standards in Business
Like most people, you will have considered how renewables cater to your corporate social responsibility. This is back by our Government, and thoroughly encouraged to meet expectations for future sustainability. Who wouldn’t want to be seen and respected as environmentally friendly whilst providing commercial benefits? Businesses will ensure that potential clients, or investors will see your support and it will promote better company valuations too.
Those companies that are opting into renewable products are positively supporting the essential public policies and initiatives addressing the ideal lower carbon economy. Of course, this is what we all aim for. It’s no surprise that UK customers are far more likely to recommend a company or brand that have invested in their own renewable energy solutions or bought its energy from renewable sources, showing support for their environment and the public.
Your reputation as a business is so important. Investing in future proof technologies means you are enhancing corporate reputations too and providing more changes for bigger, larger scale renewable energy projects to be possible. The bigger picture opportunities like the feed in tariffs, and renewable heat incentive, helps millions of people and so many businesses can benefit too. It’s important to remember the large scale effects that your small input can have. The benefits are hard to ignore and we hope that businesses can continue to support renewables.
If you’d like to discuss your future renewables system, get a quote or callback from one of our Green Square renewable energy consultants to talk about your ideal options today.