The business case for commercial busnisses to harness freely available, renewable, clean, natural solar energy to generate electricity for their own consumption is a compelling one.
In order to convert a great business model, such as this, into reality, we need high quality products and people who understand the whole business model, including financial, and then to design and deliver the best solutions. The products that we use are from the top manfacturers in the world, including SMA for inverters, Schueco for mounting systems, Solar Frontier and Canadian Solar for solar modules, and Cisco for networking equipment.
With gas and electricity prices rising by 7% in 2010 and expected rises of 10-15% in 2011/2012, businesses and schools in the UK are reviewing their utility costs and how these are provided. Using renewable energy, like solar energy, not only reduces the impact of these annual utility price increases but also provides much needed revenue for businesses, schools and homeowners.
In addition to using less energy from fossil fuels, schools can make a positive contribution to reduce carbon emissions in the UK public sector by £1 billion.
Schools currently represent approximately 15 per cent of public sector greenhouse gas emissions and two per cent of the UK total, with five million tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere each year. Another five million tonnes is attributed to the school run and the manufacture of school equipment and consumables.
According to the Carbon Trust, schools in the UK could save around £70 million simply by reducing energy costs. As well as saving schools money, making an effort towards cutting carbon emissions can also open up a range of funding opportunities.
The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), taxes a company £12 per tonne of carbon dioxide it emits, is another factor that companies and schools in the UK need to look at alternative sources of energy. This tax is to rise to £16 per tonne in 2013 and to £30 per tonne by 2020. The result of this tax, levied at high carbon-based generation companies, will mean that the additional costs will be passed on to consumers.
The scheme will require licensed suppliers e.g. EDF, to pay a generation tariff to small-scale low-carbon generators e.g. Schools, for electricity generated (whether or not such electricity is exported to the national grid) and an export tariff to them where such electricity is also exported to the national grid. This means that a company or school will benefit from free electricity during the day, get a generation tariff for each unit used and an export tariff for each unit it didn't use (automatically exported back to the grid).
Wireless Edge Energy is the energy division of the Wireless Edge group of companies, which include Communications, Software Development, Installation, Finance, Training and Distribution
Our customers include primary and secondary schools across the UK, large construction companies and nationwide retail stores