A good time to embrace renewable energy?

The motivation for green solutions is not just about climate change – as traditional sources of power, like fossil fuels appear to be in decline, it’s likely that wholesale business energy prices will continue to fluctuate in the longer term. The most prepared businesses will be the ones that have put in place working alternatives, so they are less reliant on traditional energy in the future.

Government legislation, like the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) for all businesses using more than 6,000MWh of electricity per year, has also kept renewable energy firmly on the agenda. Not only are a business’ energy use and emissions going to be published (due to new rules set in July 2013), there are also clear financial incentives to perform well in the CRC.

The cost of implementing renewable energy solutions has been a deciding factor for many businesses in the past. But as energy infrastructure becomes smarter and the technology improves, going green is becoming a more viable and cost-effective solution.

With government incentives like the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), it’s even possible to earn additional income as well as cutting your bills.

For example, incorporating energy-saving systems in British Gas Business headquarters in Oxford will reduce the building’s energy consumption by up to 20%*. The technology we’ve used includes:

– Biomass boilers use wood pellets to provide heating and hot water. The wood pellets made from leftover shavings from the wood industry are renewable and CO2 neutral.

– A solar thermal system on the roof gives extra heat to hot water. This system reduces gas usage by 8.6 tonnes CO2e a year, or to put it another way, it meets 26% of our heating demand.

-There are 220 solar panels on the roof, which means that we use less imported electricity, saving 88,700 kWh / 46 tonnes of CO2e a year.

– LED lighting is used throughout the building. The lights are controlled by sensors that are set to a maximum of 10 minutes when they’ll gradually dim until they are completely off if no movement is detected.

– A Building Management System monitors and controls heating, ventilation and air conditioning, making sure that they operate at the top levels of efficiency and economy.

We can help businesses of all sizes save energy, if you’d like to find out more, call us on 0845 077 2210, we’re here to help.

*Projected savings based on experience in existing energy-saving partnerships. Actual savings depend on building, equipment and installations.


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