With many businesses suffering losses over the last year and set to either continue opening or set to reopen, business owners are looking at ways they can reduce energy costs and looking at savings on their energy consumption should the worst-case scenario happen again.
With the country starting to move on the green energy initiatives as of recently, many company owners have begun to turn their attention to commercial solar to provide for their business. Should high street shops and stores join this trend and why?
Energy Consumption in Supermarkets
General supermarkets themselves are viewed as energy-intensive businesses, with the average store spending 1.6% of net sales on energy bills within a year. That accounts for around 3% of the UK’s overall energy consumption at an average of 8,385 GWh per year.
What this equates to is that general supermarket stores run a lot of their energy usage within their refrigeration units. Actually, it comes in at over half of their total energy usage, with the rest spent on areas such as lighting, ventilation and security among others.
With owners and boards looking to reduce their costs in the light of the last year, commercial solar panels have taken a huge leap not just as a great piece of company PR, but also as a way to cut larger electricity costs. Business owners also don’t stop at just that, seeing the change to further reduce costs by installing more energy-efficient appliances such as LED bulbs.
The Perfect Solar Client
Supermarkets already have many areas that make them prime customers for the renewable energy movement.
Their perfectly flattened and sun accessible rooftops make them perfect for housing a powerful PV system, many of them not obstructed from the natural sunlight that can power their business. Also as many stores operate during the day and close overnight, they can continue to build up surplus with the extra sunlight in the summer months when they close at the usual time and the sun still lasts until late at night.
Many larger supermarket chains have adapted their business to suit commercial solar such as Tesco with their drive to generate their own energy demand on-site by 2030 and Aldi rolling out commercial solar panels across 240 of its national stores.
Stores that are open outside of traditional daylight hours are not left out in the cold when it comes to solar as they could offset more of their energy costs via the use of energy storage after the sun goes don.
Many businesses have started utilising commercial battery storage in order to protect their food refrigeration levels during the evenings, which stores such as Tesco and ASDA are currently undertaking.
As more and more high street supermarkets are getting their questions and concerns answered over the use of commercial solar within their business, they are also undertaking other avenues to comply with the green issues. Areas such as recycling, reduction of plastic use and food waste are all being taken as serious issues to work with. Commercial solar is the next step for high street supermarkets to cut down on emissions as well as costs and have a shining image.
Contact Positive Energy Solutions today to discover your green potential and how to reduce energy costs.