What does your company gain by investing in a self-consumption system?
Autonomy, reduced energy costs, promotion of a socially and environmentally responsible image: these are the main gains for your company when investing in a self-consumption system.
Photovoltaic technology allows you to produce and consume your own “green energy”, thus gaining energy independence and at the same time reducing two bills: that of electricity and that of the environment. The former because it can replace part of the energy normally purchased from the network by consuming the energy that the system produces. The second because it avoids CO2 emissions from all the electricity produced.
In most cases the consumption of companies is in line with the hours of solar production, so we are talking about quotas of self-consumption of more than 70% and can even reach 100%. The return on investment is possible in a period of around four years.
What is self-consumption?
Photovoltaic self-consumption is a model of decentralised energy production based on solar energy in which the electrical energy produced by the solar modules is consumed by the producer himself. The better the self-consumption system is sized, the better the return on investment will be. In other words, the more the production curve of the solar panels adjusts to the consumption profile of your company, the greater the return. If there is a production surplus, the extra energy produced can be injected into the public grid or sold, by means of a contract between the producer and the retailer.
Generally, in companies, the production of solar energy from photovoltaic modules coincides with consumption, which favours the self-consumption model. It is precisely during the day, especially during peak and flood tariff periods, that companies buy the most expensive energy. This is exactly the phase in which photovoltaic solar panels produce electrical energy.
In a self-consumption system, the active electrical energy produced is consumed instantaneously. Thus, the calculation of savings is done by considering the average purchase price in kWh of the energy in the period in which the photovoltaic solar panels are producing energy.
Main advantages of self-consumption for companies:
- Energy autonomy
- Reduction of fixed costs
- Reduced exposure to electricity price fluctuations
- Production of 100% clean energy
- Improvement of your company’s image with clients and partners
- Contribution to sustainability
- Making unused assets (roofs, facades and land) profitable
- Implementation of energy efficiency measures as required by current legislation (SGCIE)
Does your company want to reduce energy costs by 25% or more?
It is estimated that energy consumption represents between 15 and 40% of the fixed costs of a Portuguese company. Have you ever imagined reducing this cost by 25% or more? The solar installation for self-consumption is an investment that is really worthwhile. Besides using renewable energy and being safe, photovoltaic self-consumption allows companies a substantial saving on their energy bill. This is due to the fact that the energy produced is consumed locally. Thus, the need to purchase it from the distribution network is reduced, as well as all the waste caused by its transportation.
Apart from the cost reduction, why do more and more companies invest in self-consumption systems? Because the perception that the market has of companies that bet on renewable energies is of sustainability, competitiveness and innovation. Several international studies show that this sustainable orientation is beneficial for companies in the relationship with their clients and partners. A business management based on sustainability translates into greater competitiveness, resilience and, consequently, economic compensation.
What to consider when choosing a self-consumption system?
There are three factors to consider when choosing a self-consumption system:
- Analyse the current electricity costs and reflect on the future oscillation of energy prices
- Know and gain clarity on your company’s energy consumption profile
- Implement a solution tailored to your company’s needs that allows you to measure and manage over time the photovoltaic installation
It is possible to install self-consumption free of charge
Yes, that’s right: it is possible to install self-consumption free of charge. Companies can be freed from the investment of a self-consumption installation. In Portugal, there are more and more investors interested in investing in renewable energy projects. Good news for companies that have someone to support the costs of the photovoltaic self-consumption installation and not only.
How does it work? The investor replaces the company in bearing the costs of the self-consumption photovoltaic installation, as well as its operation and maintenance, and shares the benefits of the savings with the company. It is, therefore, a win-win situation for both entities, since the investor enters into a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) contract with the company, which then purchases the energy produced by the solar system with a discount that can reach 50%.
Your company would like to opt for a self-consumption system but has no means of investment? SOLVasto offers individual investment solutions tailored to the client that can be financed by investing partners. All this so that your company has the possibility to invest in “green energy” without any investment or risk, either technological or financial.