Clean electricity advocates Solar Energy UK today publish a guide for corporate energy buyers on the merits of on-site arrays.
Unlike domestic power, commercial electricity is uncapped by regulators for price. On the eve of UK electricity tariffs rocketing 54% and more, the industry lobbyists say that on-site PV schemes can pay for themselves in under five years, without subsidy.
Owners and tenants of commercial and industrial premises are logging increased interest in photovoltaics, says the group, engaging installers to save power bills.
Even during lockdown, last year Britain’s UK warehouses, factories and industrial buildings notched up 369MW of new arrays, Solar Energy UK reported last month.
Last week’s spring statement removed another obstacle to commercial solar. Bowing to SEUK’s arguments, Chancellor Rishi Sunak exempted from business rates improvements such as batteries and on-roof PV, which commercial occupiers deploy to decarbonise their workplaces.
Today’s guide sets out steps for companies eager to beef up both their bottom line and their environmental performance.
Chief executive Chris Hewett said: ”As corporate energy bills soar, more and more companies are looking to deploy solar on their buildings and car parks to secure cheap, clean power for the long term.
“In uncertain times, the potential for rolling out commercial rooftop solar is immense and can have a major impact on national energy security.”
Download the free guide here.