Why generate your own power?
More and more businesses are tapping into natural resources, like wind, solar and biomass, or waste that once went to landfill to generate electricity, and with very good reason. Just some of the benefits of becoming an electricity generator include:
- New revenues – by getting paid for the electricity they export to the grid and the associated renewable energy certificates
- Lower electricity costs – by reducing their exposure to both volatile wholesale energy prices and rising delivery charges
- Reduced carbon emissions and improved sustainability reporting with a lower carbon electricity supply than the standard grid mix
- Improved operational resilience – with less reliance on electricity imported from the grid
How will you sell your energy?
Even if your renewable energy project is still a twinkle in your eye, you can start thinking about how you could produce and sell your energy for the best returns.
How big are your plans?
Until you have a commissioning date, your project’s size (or installed capacity as we call it) is the best pointer towards how to sell what you produce in future:
- If you are building on a commercial scale (more than 250KW), the Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme or Contracts for Difference (CFD) (starting in April 2015) scheme should offer the best rewards. You’ll need a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to sell through these schemes. This short film explains PPAs
- Is it a small installation, under 250KW? Then Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) are probably a better option for you. Read how we can help you benefit as a FITs generator [link to FIT factsheet]
- Projects between 50KW and 5,000KW are eligible for either scheme,but not both. Watch two minutes of this webinar (from 1:15 to 3:45) to see how this works
Financing your renewable energy project
If you’ve struggled to secure funding for your generation plans before, see why it should be easier now.
Struggling to get funding for your project?
There are two main reasons why getting investment for long-term projects such as renewable energy generation can be challenging:
- Business priorities: You have to compete for funding against projects that promise to drive top line growth – the dominant priority for most businesses
- Financial hurdles: According to the 2012 Energy Leaders Survey by sustainability analyst firm Verdantix, the top two barriers to investment in energy equipment were the lack of sufficient savings and financial returns being below CFO requirements
Reasons to be optimistic
So if you’ve struggled to find funds for investment before, it’s a good time to try again.
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Find out how the RO and FIT schemes work
Need to bolster your understanding of the Renewable Obligation and Feed-in Tariff schemes? Dr. Steven Steer, one our top experts in this area, explains.
How the PPA market works
A brief overview of how PPAs help commercial renewable generators to sell their power and renewable certificates (ROCs, LECs and REGOs).