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Could you run your business on Renewable Energy?

Apr 26, 2016

More and more businesses are becoming interested in how they can help fight climate change by making their business not only more energy efficient but thinking of innovative ways to use renewable energy sources.

Huge companies like Google, Ikea and HP have either completed or started development plans to try and make their business run solely on renewable energy by the year 2020. So if you are considering going green, where do you begin and how could you use renewable energy in your business? Here are a few options:

Wind
Wind is the most common and most financially viable source of renewable energy in the UK.  There are now an increasing number of wind farms appearing around the country supplying the National Grid and more small scale users are choosing to generate their own electricity by using wind turbines.

How can you use this in your business?
Installing wind turbines require planning permission and also if more than 3 wind turbines are installed an Environmental Impact Assessment will be required. If your business is situated on a large plot of land, all owned by you, then wind turbines could be a good choice of energy resource.

Solar
As you drive to and from work you can see more and more solar panels appearing on domestic houses. You can apply to get payments from your energy supplier if you generate your own electricity through using solar panels or indeed wine turbines as mentioned above. It is called a ‘feed-in tariff’ and details can be found on www.gov.uk/feed-in-tariffs/overview.

How can you use this in your business?
Solar panels don’t need much maintenance and as long as you own the building your business is situated in you should be able to organise the solar panels quite easily as they don’t need planning permission. They can also be used for hot water systems so if you have a business that uses a lot of hot water like a restaurant for instance solar could be a very good investment. However, as we know good weather in the UK, particularly sunshine, can be problematic.

Not every business will be able to convert to green energy using the two methods above or even by some of the other forms of renewable energy  i.e. biomass energy or hydroelectric power. So even if you’re business can’t go fully green you can still contribute to help fight climate change by rethinking your energy usage and energy efficiency. We have a great infographic with tips on how to do this – click here.

If you want to find out more about green energy and green energy tariffs please feel free to contact a Lumina Energy Consultant. They’ll be able to help you with your questions and offer advice on making your workplace greener.

 

By the way – have you seen what Disney have just unveiled? – http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2454945/green-energy-dreams-come-true-at-disneyworld-with-unveiling-of-mickey-mouse-shaped-solar-farm