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Renewable energy is the future. To reduce our global carbon footprint, we must make use of natural resources such as solar, wind and geothermal energy. The environmental, economic and social benefits of green energy will allow businesses to future-proof themselves, as we move towards net zero.
What’s more, utilising natural resources will guarantee a steady flow of energy for businesses. This is in contrast to fossil fuel power, which will eventually run dry.
By far the biggest benefit of renewables is the reduced impact on the environment. In comparison to fossil fuel energy, renewables produce little to no harmful emissions. This means that, along with benefits for the businesses that install them, renewables will put an end to further pollution of the environment.
We take a look at the other social, economic and environmental benefits for the businesses that are making use of solar energy.
Air pollution, in proportion with industrial energy demand, has reduced significantly as solar power has grown in popularity. The faltering resilience of fossil fuels and its detrimental impact on the environment has given solar generation the opportunity to enjoy a moment in the sun.
According to a report by Solar Energy UK, the country has expanded its total solar PV capacity to 14GW. This was achieved by installing up to 175MW of capacity during the first quarter of 2021. Sourcing wind or solar energy requires next to no water, saving water supplies from pollution. In contrast, fossil fuel energy sources have a huge impact on global water supplies. Coal mining and natural gas drilling have been big pollutants of water over the years.
The use of onsite photovoltaics (PV) can also improve a company’s carbon profile, while providing protection over their energy supply.
Working with solar power allows you to generate and secure energy on your own terms. Generating energy through onsite generation means that businesses can save significant money, secure energy independence and boost their corporate social responsibility credentials.
As fossil fuel resources continue to dwindle, their prices have risen considerably. And they will only continue to increase as these resources decrease further. This could mean falling behind those competitors that have already made the transition to renewable energy. On average, between 3-5% of energy is lost on the way to its destination, between transportation and distribution. Switching to solar means there is less distance between production and supply, and as a result, less electricity would be lost through transportation.
Onsite generation can be a sensible and sustainable solution for organisations that are seeking certainty and control of their energy costs. While solar PV has been largely overlooked in recent government plans, it remains an innovative tool for businesses. Its benefits include cutting costs, reducing carbon emissions and boosting an organisation’s green credentials.
To stay competitive, businesses will have to adopt clean energy strategies. In order to put sustainable guidelines in place, they must shift their focus towards finding a green energy management plan. By procuring green energy or through the use of onsite generation, businesses can take control of their impact on the planet. The reputational benefits of this, as the UK transitions to a net zero economy, cannot be overlooked.
Other than providing clients with the best possible service or product, a business should be transparent about its sustainable achievements and goals. Assuring clients and investors that your values align with environmental issues is a great way to boost public relations and secure future funding.
EIC manages around 12TWH each year, and with over 40 years of industry experience, we are able to create bespoke energy solutions for your needs. We can help you engage with onsite generation, saving you as much as 20% on your energy usage, or even 40% when combined with onsite battery storage.
Get in touch today to find out how EIC’s solar solutions could help your business move towards a more sustainable future.