Protecting your business from rising energy prices is easier than you think

Think you have exhausted all your cost saving options? Have you ever considered using solar energy to power your business but found too many hurdles? Fronius Renewable Energy Solutions discuss how you can reduce building energy overheads even further and protect your organisation from future price hikes for years to come.

It’s not surprising that energy costs are a significant portion of an organisation’s overheads. Workstations, printers, machinery, lighting, air conditioning, EV charging, the list of energy hungry appliances is exhaustive, but despite the development of more efficient technologies, we continue to encounter constant energy price increases and the emergence of new electricity-reliant innovations. Facility and energy managers are already on the case when it comes to renegotiating contracts and switching energy providers, or at least they should be. But it is possible to significantly reduce the business’ electricity costs much further, whilst also protecting it from rising energy costs.

What you can achieve

Installing a Solar PV system allows you to achieve immediate savings by producing your own green electricity, but with a considerable initial investment required and a payback period that could take years, this has often led to companies often considering the large investment, but putting it off or deciding against it entirely. This is where leading solar inverter manufacturer, Fronius, has a solution.

With their short and unique leasing model it is possible to achieve huge savings on your energy bill from day one, with zero upfront investment. Unlike Power Purchase Agreements where you sell your generated electricity to offset grid produced energy and the system cost, this model simply allows you to lease the equipment required to generate your own green electricity over a 15 year period, with the option of ownership thereafter.

A solution that works for both businesses and education establishments

Specialising in the highly 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.

Fronius technology is also helping businesses and education establishments up and down the country to achieve their clean energy goals, such as Cranfield University’s recent 1MW solar farm installation which not only provides both financial and carbon savings, the large PV system provides the university a key renewable energy research facility for its students. The University have a target to reduce their carbon emissions by 50% by the end of the year and the PV system will significantly contribute to their reduction target.

Beate Ruebig, managing director of Fronius UK comments, “We recognised that the upfront cost associated with a Solar PV installation was prohibiting some companies from achieving enormous savings with the technology. Our vision is to see a future powered 100% by renewables, so we wanted to open up the opportunity to businesses so they can produce their own green electricity and this spurred the creation of our unique lease offering that offers customers savings from day one and greatly reduces their carbon footprint.”

The intelligence of the products used in a PV system delivered by Fronius does not just stop at the core products used to generate your green electricity. The Fronius inverter that will be used comes complete with a free online system monitoring, Solar.web, which will show you, simply and graphically, the energy produced by your PV system and the savings you have made.

How does it work?

Throughout the duration of the lease, the monthly fixed payments will be lower than the cost of that same electricity if purchased from the energy supplier at today’s rate KWh for kWh. (This is based on consumption remaining as per the original calculations in the quote and the accuracy of data provided by you). This enables you to make huge savings from the outset and protects you against increasing energy prices for years into the future.

Furthermore – there is a production guarantee for the duration of the contract. This means that if the system produces less than guaranteed, a reimbursement will be issued for the underperformance – a risk-free arrangement for you.

Gone are the days of feed-in tariffs where the aim was to send as much electricity back to the grid as possible in exchange for a nice sum. Instead, the system should be sized to generate as precisely as possible the amount of electricity required to run the building within peak hours during the day.

Although the system is optimally sized for your building’s consumption, electricity required above that generated, or used in non-daylight hours will still be taken from the national grid and billed via the energy supplier. This means that the lease will not completely replace your electricity bill, but it will be significantly reduced.

Who installs the PV system?

After completing a thorough analysis of the roof or land space available and current electricity usage, the optimal size and set-up can be established. A certified Fronius System Partner will install the PV system to the highest specification. High quality engineering drives everything that Fronius does, so you can rest assured you’ll be getting the highest quality products from the very best manufacturers.

Who maintains the system?

There are no ongoing maintenance costs, this is all included. You won’t need to worry about maintenance or insurance of the system throughout the duration of the lease and in the unlikely event that something does go wrong, one of our Fronius System Partners will be able to rectify any issues. It really is a win-win.

The message here is clear: Don’t miss out on the benefits of photovoltaics for your organisation because investment priorities lie elsewhere right now.

Find out how much you could save now by calling 01908 512300 or visit www.solaryourbusiness.co.uk

More about Fronius

Headquartered in Austria and established almost 75 years ago, the technology company has over 1,200 granted patents and over 3,800 employees worldwide. In the UK, Fronius has a large Technology Centre in Milton Keynes that houses their warehouse, tech support team, classrooms, product showroom and offices. The vision of the company is “24 Hours of Sun” – with the goal to create a future where 100% of the energy needs of the planet come from renewable sources.

Dedicated to building products that will last a lifetime in the harshest conditions, all Fronius products go through extensive tests. Its high standards have named them quality leader in solar electronics since 2002.

Learn More about Fronius: www.fronius.co.uk