Renewable Energy Options For Your Business

Climate change concerns, coupled with an alarming rise in energy bills, have made investing in renewable energy a logical choice. Businesses that reduce their reliance on fossil fuels are able to save money in the long term, supported by government schemes that reward businesses for their commitment to green energy.

Solar panels, biomass boilers and green energy procurement are just some of the ways for businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. Let’s take a look at each of these options:

Solar Panels

Solar panel installations generate renewable energy, whilst offering an attractive return on investment. The government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme (FiT) pays solar panel owners for every kWh of electricity you generate, whilst unused electricity can be sold back to the grid. As well as creating an additional source of revenue, you can make huge savings on energy bills, whilst protecting yourself from rising fuel costs. And you’ll be helping the environment.

Solar panels are quick and easy to install; roof mount systems don’t usually require planning permission. Panels need little maintenance and have a lifespan of 20-30 years. However, with FiT rates for new solar panel installations due to drop considerably in 2016, act now if you’re thinking of investing.

Biomass Boilers

Biomass boilers burn fast-growing renewable wood to generate heat, usually wood chips or wood pellets. The fuel releases only as much carbon dioxide as the tree absorbed during growth, making this process sustainable provided new trees are planted and the wood is locally sourced.
Biomass costs approximately 40% less than heating oil or LPC. Even if you use a gas supply, biomass energy can still be worthwhile, due to revenue generated from the RHI subsidy. Many funding options are also available through the RHI. With commercial energy prices set to double over the next five years, investing in biomass will protect your business from price rises.
Biomass boilers are low maintenance and easy to run. Planning permission is not usually required, but business regulations apply. Noise, ventilation and safety must be considered, and your installer should belong to the MCS scheme.

Green Energy Procurement

Buying green energy is a simple way to reduce emissions. Going green is assumed to be expensive, but nowadays commercial rates are very competitive. Business energy suppliers will usually offer a cost-neutral green option, and the CCL has given businesses an incentive to use less energy, waiving this fee for renewable energy purchases.

However, by using a green energy procurement service, you can reach your targets, without increasing your costs. Renewable energy experts can help you secure the best possible rates from your energy provider, exploring both fixed rates and variable options that fit around your business.
Solar panels, biomass boilers and green energy procurement are all cost-effective ways to cut carbon emissions and reduce your energy bills. The best option for your business will depend on your financial situation, energy consumption, and individual needs, but with so many options available, it’s never been a better time to go green.

Author bio:
This article was written by Kelly Gilmour-Grassam with useful information from GMI Energy. Kelly is a freelance copywriter with a penchant for fine dining in amazing places.
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