The Top Trends in Renewable Energy for Commercial Customers - Inteb

The Top Trends in Renewable Energy for Commercial Customers


With the world shifting towards a more sustainable future. And businesses needing to reduce their carbon footprint to reach net-zero goals, renewable energy is becoming increasingly important for commercial customers.

The good news?

There have never been more sustainable energy options available to help businesses reduce their carbon emissions and optimise their energy costs.

Firstly the benefits;

Lower energy bills long-term

Traditional energy sources, like natural gas, oil and coal, are finite, and the costs of these fossil fuels have consistently increased over the years, and none more so since the energy crisis. This makes utilities a hefty aspect of your business’ budget each year. Such a hit to your budget every year could hinder your growth and expansion, particularly if you require larger commercial premises, which will cost more to run from an energy point of view.

You could be paying thousands of pounds more yearly compared to competitors who have already switched to renewable energy. The likes of solar or wind power can be a highly effective way of reducing your energy bills each month, with the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint too. In many cases, if you produce more energy than you require, it can be stored for future use, providing your business peace of mind and resilience.

Strong Investment return

For a business, understanding the return on investment is critical to every financial decision — especially with larger purchases. Renewable energy solutions require a financial investment upfront, but the long-term savings your business will make from them ensures that the initial outlay is worthwhile.

Over time, the savings your business could make from renewable energy will counteract the initial costs, in some cases within just a few years.

Energy and budget security

Renewable energy sources provide a guaranteed energy supply. However, as we have seen this year, energy prices change and sometimes fluctuate suddenly and severely. Changes in the amount of available fuel, demand for electricity and the costs of generating, distributing and transmitting electricity all impact the price of energy. However, if a business owns its generation resources, it doesn’t have to worry as much about potential price fluctuations. This enables them to forecast costs with more certainty.

Improved public image and reputation

Brand image plays a primary role in customer acquisition and retention. By investing in renewable energy, businesses can encourage environmentally conscious customers to do business with them over other competitors. ESG and Net Zero are a focus for so many consumers today. That’s why showing customers and clients that you’re making greener strides in areas of your business can do wonders for your reputation.

In turn, encouraging customers and clients to choose your business over a non-environmentally friendly business can improve your bottom line. As time goes on and sustainability becomes an even bigger focus than it currently is, demonstrating your green credentials could spell the difference between winning a customer or opportunity and losing them.

There are several options for renewable energy in business locations, but finding the right one for your business depends on where it’s located and the amount you’re willing to invest.

Solar PV panels

Uses sunlight to generate electricity. Solar energy is the most popular renewable energy for commercial customers, and its use shows no signs of slowing.


Because the cost of solar panels and equipment is decreasing, making it is affordable for businesses to install solar panels on their buildings to generate electricity.

Wind power

Uses wind turbines to generate electricity for business. Suitable if you have acres of building-free land or areas exposed to wind gusts, such as in coastal regions.

Hydroelectric power

Generates electricity from the water flowing through an immersed turbine or water wheel. These are site-specific but can provide a reliable energy source.


This is another form of hydro that uses twice-daily tidal currents to drive turbine generators. Although tidal flow, unlike other hydro energy sources, isn’t constant, it is highly predictable and can compensate for the periods when the tide current is low.

Biomass systems

Generates electricity and heat by burning or fermenting organic material, such as straw or wood pellets, with a combined heat and power plant.

Anaerobic digestion

Generates heat and electricity by burning the methane produced by breaking down organic material, such as plant or animal waste. Suitable if you have a lot of space to store the fuels.

Geothermal and ground source heat pumps

Use low-level heat naturally contained in the ground to provide heating and cooling.

Combined heat and power

Uses a CHP system to capture the heat your electricity produces to heat your water.

Battery storage

Battery storage allows businesses to store energy generated from renewable sources for use during periods of high demand. This helps companies reduce reliance on traditional energy sources and improves energy efficiency.

And what’s more, with battery costs declining rapidly, cost-effectiveness is making battery storage an increasingly popular way of reducing energy waste.

Need help switching to renewables?

Then why not speak to us?

At Inteb, we help business owners reduce carbon emissions, optimise energy costs, and meet regulatory obligations. Our experts are here to help you transition to renewable energy as smoothly as possible.

So, what are you waiting for?