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Looking for the best possible solution to the problem of having a consistent energy supply is an issue that many businesses large and small will probably have to face up at some point. In sectors such as manufacturing, a large amount of energy is needed for businesses to operate without even the slightest hitch.

A bleak future?

Resources used to generate electricity such as coal are gradually becoming finite. This means that the need is growing to find a clean, reusable alternative to energy generated with fossil fuels.

Renewable energy could one day help to fill the void left by coal et al, but for now, it could be used to supply extra energy to businesses that need it.

Renewable energy comes in numerous forms, and depending on location, industry and the type of business premises, at least one type of green energy could help to supply a proportion of a company’s overall supply.

At this time, it’s best used alongside power from the National Grid to guard against power cuts.

Solar power

Solar can be used for warehouses, offices or, as this case study shows, large housing projects. They were installed throughout the Rollo Estate, placed on towers and slanted to a degree that they would be able to work at full capacity for as long as possible.

Solar panels can be installed without much fuss, and typically last for around two decades.

Wind power

Wind power can work, but it depends on a business’s location and premises. Those based near a coast, on high ground or in a valley are most likely to benefit from it. Turbines are more reliable in those types of locations.

Biomass

Using organic material formed into pellets, biomass energy is used primarily for heating. It works well during winter, when heating is needed the most, although take-up of this technology hasn’t quite taken off yet.

Hydroelectric power

Harnessing the power of water, this form of renewable energy is useful for companies based near a river or stream. This scheme in Scotland is a good example of how it can work, and can provide a little extra energy for large businesses that need a back-up.