Manufacturing companies generally have large roofs, suitable for large solar PV systems required to generate the high amounts of electricity required. Although you will get the best return in the long term for self-funding a system, a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is a great solution for having a solar PV system installed at no cost, whilst still allowing you to make huge savings on energy bills throughout the 20-40 year term.
The link above will offer further details on a PPA, but in principle, there is no capital outlay required from you with the system being installed and maintained by ORB at no cost. With the feed-in tariff payments also going to a designated 3rd party, your company will then purchase the electricity generated by the system at a cost much less than your existing energy supplier.
All companies are under extreme pressure from the Government to reduce their carbon footprint. This is making everyone not just look at their own activities, but also those of others in the supplychain to give claim in taking a positive course of action to saving the environment.
It’s therefore not uncommon for those at the opposite end of the supplychain – wholesalers and retailers – to look at the actions of manufactures and logistic companies to warrant turning their business to alternative companies with greener credentials.
This aside, with manufacturing companies responsible for a huge slice of the UK’s energy consumption, improving your own CSR in general by investing in energy technology is a credible step to help saving the environment.