Businesses in certain industries who might have taken a few steps towards becoming more eco-friendly might find that thereâ€™s only so much they can do. Manufacturing companies in particular might struggle to cut their energy use, as they need a constantly large supply of energy in order to operate smoothly, but is there another way?
Green energy is slowly being taken up by smaller firms who feel they can accommodate a solar panel or a wind turbine with ease, but what about those with larger premises â€“ they might not have the room or resources to install several panels or turbines. Total reliance on green energy right now sounds impossible, but a back-up, renewable energy can supplement any energy supply.
Having at least a small proportion of your companyâ€™s energy come from a renewable source can help to put to bed any worries about suffering a power outage. At the same time, it can help to transform your firmâ€™s image in the eyes of customers and the public, but there are different types to choose from.
- Solar â€“ this is probably the most common type of renewable energy available. Itâ€™s ideal for large scale projects like the Rollo Estate in Wandsworth, London, and in some cases, panels can last for up to 20 years each if maintained properly.
- Wind â€“ better for businesses on high ground, wind turbines can supply a reasonable amount of energy in windy conditions. Turbines require planning permission to be installed and can sometimes take an age to be set up.
- Hydroelectric â€“the scope for developing a hydroelectric facility is limited, as it only works where thereâ€™s a river or stream nearby. However, as this case study in Scotland from Dulas shows, it can be among the most reliable forms of renewable energy out there.
- Biomass â€“ this involves the use of organic pellets made from decomposed material like leaves and bark. The pellets, burned in a generator, help to heat homes and offices during winter.