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12 November 2023
NetZero Solutions

The Solution for Manufacturers Struggling with High Energy Costs

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As manufacturing businesses across Wales battle with escalating energy costs, the transition to a more sustainable, cost-effective and renewable energy source is no longer an option but a necessity.

High energy costs have always been a major concern for manufacturers, affecting their competitiveness and bottom line. This concern has exacerbated in recent years due to rising fuel prices together with a push towards achieving NetZero targets.

Solar power, however, has emerged as a strategic solution for manufacturers, offering an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional energy sources. This abundant and renewable energy source is presenting a promising solution for businesses.

Green Economy Wales spoke with Simon Powell, Chairman of InspireGreen, a Cardiff-based renewable energy installer about the prospects that solar energy is currently presenting to the manufacturing sector in Wales.

Supporting manufacturing businesses in Wales to invest in renewable energy technology initiatives is the green business loan scheme from the Development Bank of Wales.

The Green Business Loan Scheme is designed to offer a package of support to enable Welsh businesses to tackle high operating costs through the implementation of renewable energy solutions, such as Solar PV. The overall aim of the scheme is to increase energy efficiency and implement decarbonisation measures as businesses of all sizes attempt to reach Net Zero. One of the key highlights of this particular scheme is the incentive of reduced interest rates and payment holidays, allowing businesses to invest and secure their future energy costs.

Exploring the Power of Solar Energy

The price of solar panels has fallen dramatically in the past decade, making the initial investment for solar power installations more accessible for businesses of all sizes.

In addition to the tangible financial benefits, transitioning to solar power can significantly enhance a manufacturer's sustainability credentials. Consumers and investors today are increasingly conscious of environmental issues and are favouring businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability.

By adopting solar power, manufacturers can not only reduce their carbon footprint, but also improve their brand image and attract a broader base of customers and investors.

The sun delivers more energy to earth in an hour than humanity uses in an entire year, making it an incredibly potent power source. With advancements in photovoltaic technology and energy storage systems, harnessing this energy has become more efficient and affordable than ever.

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