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Alternative energy in County Durham - Business Durham

Installing renewable energy options on site

Consider installing renewable energy options on site to generate your own energy.

As businesses strive to become more sustainable and environmentally conscious, the adoption of renewable energy options has gained significant traction.

Generating their own energy through renewable sources not only helps reduce carbon emissions but also presents a compelling opportunity to lower operational costs. On this page we will explore several ways in which businesses can leverage renewable energy to reduce costs and achieve self-sufficiency.

Lowering operation costs through renewable energy

By embracing renewable energy options, businesses can reduce their reliance on traditional energy sources and lower operational costs. Whether through solar power, wind energy, geothermal systems, biomass solutions, micro-hydro power, or a combination of these, businesses can achieve energy self-sustainability and contribute to a greener future.


Additionally, integrating energy storage and implementing energy-efficient measures further enhances cost savings and overall sustainability.


Embracing renewable energy is not only an environmentally responsible choice but also a financially beneficial strategy for businesses aiming to reduce costs and remain competitive in the long term.

Installing solar panels on rooftops or vacant land can significantly reduce a business’s reliance on traditional energy sources. By harnessing the power of the sun, businesses can generate clean electricity, lowering their utility bills and reducing long-term energy expenses. In some cases, excess energy can even be sold back to the grid, providing an additional revenue stream.

To find accredited installers use the MCS website.

Solar Power


For businesses located in windy areas, wind turbines offer a viable option for energy generation. Small-scale wind turbines can be installed on-site, providing a consistent source of renewable energy. While the initial setup costs may be higher, businesses can benefit from reduced electricity bills over time and potential government incentives or grants for adopting wind energy.

Wind Energy


Geothermal energy utilizes the Earth’s natural heat to generate power and regulate indoor temperatures. By tapping into the stable temperatures underground, businesses can reduce heating and cooling costs, particularly in large facilities. Geothermal systems are highly efficient and have minimal maintenance requirements, making them a sustainable and cost-effective choice in the long run.

Geothermal Systems


Businesses that generate organic waste or have access to biomass resources can consider installing biomass systems to produce heat or electricity. Biomass boilers or gasifiers can utilize organic materials such as agricultural waste, wood chips, or dedicated energy crops. By converting these materials into energy, businesses can reduce disposal costs and lower their reliance on fossil fuels.

Biomass and Biofuels


If a business has access to a nearby water source, such as a river or stream, micro-hydro systems can be employed to generate electricity. Small turbines can be installed to harness the flow of water, providing a consistent and reliable energy source. Micro-hydro systems are particularly suitable for rural or remote businesses, offering a long-term cost-effective solution.

Micro-hydro Power


To maximize the benefits of renewable energy, businesses can integrate energy storage systems, such as batteries, into their infrastructure. Energy storage allows for the capture and storage of excess energy generated during peak production periods, which can be used during periods of low or no generation. This minimizes reliance on the grid during high-demand periods and helps reduce energy costs.

Energy Storage Solutions


In conjunction with renewable energy installations, implementing energy-efficient measures within the business can further optimize cost savings. This includes upgrading to energy-efficient lighting, utilizing smart HVAC systems, improving insulation, and adopting energy-saving practices throughout the organization. By reducing overall energy demand, businesses can optimize the utilization of renewable energy and lower operational costs.

Energy Efficiency Measures


7 ways to leverage renewable energy to save costs

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