Our primary sources of power are dumping thousands of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year — burning coal and natural gas resources that are non-renewable and are swiftly running out. This is the primary reason behind the push toward clean and renewable energy. The private sector accounts for around half of the world’s electricity consumption. Switching this demand to renewables will accelerate the transformation of the global energy market and aid the transition to a low carbon economy.
Solar Power: Depending on the location of the business, solar power can be incorporated directly into the building architecture or built on the grounds.
Combinations: Companies that cannot afford to fully power their buildings with renewable energy commonly utilize a combination of both renewable energy and fossil fuels.
Green energy purchasing: In many areas, companies can purchase green energy from their service provider for a slightly higher cost than traditional fossil fuel energy.
Even without the means to invest in clean energy for all operations, companies can still shift their focus to renewable energy rather than utilizing fossil fuels. Through LEED, Zero Net Energy and Living Building programs and others, organizations of all kinds are proving solar can play an important role in achieving sustainability.
Benefits of Solar Power for Business
Deciding whether solar is right for your business depends on many factors, including the regulatory environment and government incentives in your region, the suitability of your facilities, the support of your company’s leadership, and your current energy costs and rate volatility among others.
For example, installing an onsite commercial solar panel system made of low waste and responsibly-sourced materials can earn a commercial project more LEED? points than almost any other single green building initiative. (LEED, short for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is the U.S. Green Building Council’s certification program that recognizes best-in-class green building strategies and practices.)
At IPS Solar, we have LEED? Accredited Professionals that can walk you through this process and identify areas where solar makes sense.
Benefits of Solar Power for Homes
Since 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home program has recognized hundreds of leading builders for their achievements in energy efficiency, resulting in over 14,000 energy efficient homes and millions of dollars in energy savings. The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health and durability.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) defines a zero energy ready home as “a high performance home which is so energy efficient, that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption.” DOE zero energy ready homes are designed to meet high performance standards so that they live better, work better and last longer than code built homes.
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From big box retailers to manufacturers, agriculture to high tech, telecommunications to delivery services, an ever-increasing list of U.S. businesses are incorporating commercial solar power into their long-term sustainability planning.
Many top brands using solar today started along this path by setting corporate sustainability goals, energy cost savings targets, or both. They wanted to be better stewards of the environment and use energy more wisely and cost effectively. Sound familiar? Then solar is a great first option to consider because it can take an organization a long way toward achieving both goals. If you’re interested but not sure where to start, contact us.
Take the RE100 Pledge
RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative uniting more than 100 influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy.
Companies joining RE100 are strongly encouraged to set a public goal to source 100% of their global electricity consumption from renewable sources by a specified year. They disclose their electricity data annually, and RE100 reports on their progress.
Many companies you know have committed to have 100% clean energy through the RE100 pledge.
Find Where Solar is Economically Viable
The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and its Business Renewables Center (BRC) launched a new software platform today that helps buyers and renewable energy developers find economically attractive locations to build clean energy projects in deregulated electricity markets across the U.S.
The platform uses publicly available data from market operators, a levelized cost of energy calculation and a proprietary algorithm to model hypothetical project revenue. The software can produce an estimated value calculation for approximately 4,300 grid connection points, across all seven U.S. independent system operators and 39 states. The tool will be available to the BRC’s more than 200 members. View the tool here.
Keeping an Eye On CO2
PPM means “parts per million.” It’s the unit scientists use to measure the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. Today, experts measure the earth’s PPM CO2 at 410.79 PPM, which is the highest ever recorded. Most scientists agree that increased CO2 in the atmosphere resulting from the burning of fossil fuels is causing the majority of global warming. As a result of this, sea levels are rising, natural landmarks are being destroyed, and many species are dying out.
One way to combat rising CO2 levels is to switch to a renewable energy source like solar power. Using solar power can reduce air and water pollution along with cutting down on hazardous waste produced by coal-fired power plants.