Fear of change can hinder companies from exploring renewable power for their energy needs. Analyzing options can help determine if environmentally conscious energy fits your business and reveal the best ways to go green. Understanding why companies resist switching to renewable energy can help turn these barriers into opportunities.
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Renewable energy sources have geographic limitations, with some areas being less windy than others. For instance, in northern Canada, on-site solar power may not be practical due to the preference for strong sunlight. However, in areas like Chicago, Illinois, where wind turbines are popular, hydroelectric power can be found due to the Hoover Dam. In contrast, Las Vegas, Nevada, has hydroelectric power due to the Hoover Dam, and Connecticut has three large-scale wind turbines. Despite these limitations, there are other options, such as wind generation, which can still be sourced from greener sources. Energy consulting firms can help determine available options for on-site or grid-delivered renewable power, while energy procurement companies can integrate wind energy into procurement strategies.
Limited storage capacity
Solar energy may not be suitable for businesses with limited storage capacity, such as those operating until 9 pm or overnight. However, batteries have become more efficient and longer-lasting, allowing solar panels to collect energy all day and excess power to be used in the battery system. If battery size and solar generation cannot meet post-sunset needs, solar could still be a viable option.
Space or structural concerns
Solar panels may not be suitable for all buildings due to factors like roof angles, roof type, and space limitations. In areas where wind generation is viable but not feasible, relying on grid-delivered power from renewable sources may be necessary to make operations more environmentally friendly. These barriers can hinder the adoption of in-house renewable energy generation.
Renewable energy sources may not generate much power during inclement weather conditions. However, relying on renewable energy sources doesn’t necessarily make it unwise. A layered approach can help mitigate this conundrum. Including solar panels and wind turbines, a battery system, and remaining tied to the grid can provide a diversified system that addresses reliability concerns and is more reliable than relying solely on grid-delivered energy. As most businesses won’t be able to rely on 100% off-grid electricity due to reliability concerns, a diversified system can still source most of their energy from renewable sources.
On-site generation vs. the electric grid
Renewable energy doesn’t require 100% on-site electricity generation, but solar panels, wind turbines, or geothermal generation can be suitable for businesses. If these don’t cover all your energy needs or require more reliability, consult your local utility for green energy options. Many energy companies offer commercial contracts that use renewable energy for some of their generation, reducing costs and carbon footprint. Consulting with an energy consultant can help make your energy more environmentally friendly. Switching to renewable energy can be done by installing solar panels or changing your energy contract to focus on green energy. This will make your operations more environmentally responsible and sustainable.