Blog26/01/2021 / Milton Keynes
The dilemma is real. You want to contribute to a cleaner, greener way of working, after all we are waist-deep in the middle of a climate crisis and sustainability is up there on the list of long-term goals for your organisation.
Renewable energy is something you have potentially toyed with before, perhaps solar energy because you have the roof space required and it’s fairly easy to install. But then you’ve dismissed it. For now anyway. The upfront investment required isn’t viable at the moment, you’ve priorities elsewhere and you’ve looked into the payback of a PV system – it’s slightly longer than you would like. It is on the back burner. This is completely understandable. But what if there was a way to benefit from the advantages of solar PV immediately, including big cost savings, without the upfront cost? Not to mention cutting your carbon footprint significantly from the get go.
Leading solar solutions provider and inverter manufacturer Fronius have recognised that cost is a major barrier for organisations wanting to take up solar and is prohibiting businesses all over the UK benefiting from the enormous savings that can be achieved with the technology. The company’s overriding vision is “24 hours of sun” which is a future powered 100% by renewables and opening up the opportunity for businesses to produce their own green electricity brings us all one step closer to this vision.
Specialising in the efficient and intelligent conversion and control of energy for over 70 years, Fronius has partnered with some of the UK’s biggest brands to deliver financial savings, carbon reductions and energy independence. With their new short and unique leasing model it is possible to not only offset any potential, and let’s face it inevitable, energy price increases for years into the future, but can achieve big savings immediately – and definitely no upfront costs.
We are not talking about a Power Purchase Agreement here, where you agree to purchase the power generated by the system at a set price per kWh. Instead, their model simply allows you to lease the equipment required to generate your own green electricity over a 7 - 15 year period, with the option of ownership thereafter.
Now here’s the best bit - Throughout the duration of the lease, your monthly fixed payments should be LOWER than the cost of that same electricity if purchased from the energy supplier at today’s rate kWh for kWh. Furthermore, as you own the electricity being generated, any excess generation can potentially provide your business with a revenue via an export tariff with a supplier. Alternatively excess generation can be redirected to heat water, or be stored in batteries onsite.
There’s even more good news. In addition to the benefits outlined above, there is a production guarantee for the duration of the contract. This means that if the system produces less than guaranteed contractually, a reimbursement will be issued for the underperformance – a completely risk-free arrangement for you.
Getting set up
Fronius works closely with a network of certified Fronius System Partners - installers around the UK who have all undergone extensive training to work with Fronius products. After completing a thorough analysis of the roof or land space available and current electricity usage, the optimal size and set-up of a PV system can be established. One of these partners will then install the system to the highest specification. High quality engineering drives everything that Fronius does, so you can be rest assured you’ll be getting the highest quality products from the very best manufacturers. You won’t need to worry about maintenance or insurance of the system throughout the duration of the lease. It really is a win-win.
Please note your energy bill is not replaced entirely, electricity that is required above that generated, or used in non-daylight hours will still be taken from the national grid and billed via the energy supplier.
So the message from Fronius here is a simple one: Don’t miss out on the benefits of photovoltaics for your organisation because investment priorities lie elsewhere right now. Get in touch with Lee, Project Manager at Fronius Renewable Energy Solutions UK - firstname.lastname@example.org.