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If you’ve been looking for even more ways to boost your sustainability and reduce the impact your business has on the environment, solar could be an ideal solution. Solar power is a renewable form of energy and known as a cleaner, greener type of electricity. Choosing the right solar system to suit your business needs could help to make your business more sustainable as you put the sun’s energy to work for you.

Here are some answers to questions you might have about how solar can reduce your business’ carbon footprint.

 

Does solar energy mean zero carbon emissions?

No. The processes of manufacturing, transporting and installing solar panels and solar technology involves creating carbon emissions, just like many things – but solar is definitely a cleaner, greener form of energy when compared with many other ways electricity can be generated.

 

 

How is solar better for the environment?

Traditional electricity generation involves the burning of fossil fuels. This process can send greenhouse gas emissions into Earth’s atmosphere. 

Solar panels work by transforming the sun’s energy into electricity through your inverter, which you can then use in your business premises. Instead of always drawing on power from the grid, having solar panels for your business means you can use solar energy while your system is generating electricity. Your system will generate the most power during the middle of the day when the sun is strongest.

Using solar energy means you can reduce your demand for electricity generated from other sources, which helps you to reduce the impact your business has on the environment.


Does having solar mean my business won’t need to draw from the grid at all?

No – and it’s worth being wary of any solar supplier who promises this, or says that you will have no electricity bills. Your business will still draw power from the grid at various times, including rainy days and at night, and network fees will still apply.

While many businesses can save energy by switching some appliances and equipment off overnight to save on standby power, you might have equipment such as fridges, technology or security systems which need to be switched on at all times. 

You could reduce the amount of power you need to draw from the grid at night by investing in a battery as part of your commercial solar system.

 

Can a battery help to reduce my environmental impact even further?

Yes! If you add a battery as part of your solar system, your battery will store any excess energy that you don’t use in your business during the day. This means that when the sun goes down and your system is no longer generating electricity from the sun, your business could draw power from what’s stored in your battery. This means it would be using less electricity from the grid. 


Can I tell customers I am reducing my environmental impact with solar panels?

Investing in solar panels to power your business can reduce your environmental impact – and you might even inspire your customers, suppliers or others in your business network. 

Many of your customers may care about the environment as much as you do, so they might enjoy learning about your solar journey through your marketing or social media. You could share how you use solar power to provide the products and services they buy from your business. 

 

Find out more

Solar can be a great way for your business to reduce the impact it has on the environment. You don’t need the biggest system possible to enjoy the benefits of solar – it’s more important to invest in the solar solution that is the right match for your business needs and premises. A good place to start is with a supplier you can trust, who has the expertise and industry experience you need to recommend the right solar system.

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