Meeting high bar expectations for solar powered energy production
2022 has been a year focused on how commercial businesses can offset their energy consumption through energy efficient production methods including solar and wind power. The push for greener solutions has come out of the concern of increased greenhouse gases and the effect that it is having on climate change throughout the planet. As such, businesses are setting high bar goals to play a part in reducing their energy consumption to contribute to a better future for the planet.
What is a high-bar self-producing energy target and what does it mean for my commercial business?
A high-bar self-producing energy target is a goal or objective related to the production of energy that is particularly ambitious or demanding. It is typically used in the context of energy systems, such as those used to power homes, buildings, or communities, and may involve the use of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency measures, or other strategies to minimise reliance on external sources of energy.
The goal of a high-bar self-producing energy target is to maximise the amount of energy that is produced on-site, rather than relying on external sources. This can help to reduce the environmental impact of energy production, as well as increase energy security and independence. It may also involve measures to optimise the use of energy, such as through the use of energy-efficient technologies and appliances, to reduce the overall demand for energy.
Most commercial businesses are taking a page out of the book of the Australian Government and their commitment to ensuring Australia’s emissions are reduced by 43% and as a country, we reach net zero emissions by 2050. Working together with this mentality, this offers businesses transparency and accountability for their actions and encourages them to make energy conscious decisions in the best interests of the planet.
Coles Air Conditioning and Refrigeration is leading the way
Coles Air Conditioning and Refrigeration is striving to set the bar for commercial businesses in Newcastle for being self-sufficient in their output. Thanks to the installation of a commercial grade solar system within their premises and adapting to more sustainable methods, Coles is proud to announce that they have reached their commercial energy efficiency goal of balancing self-production with usage. This means that their business operations have produced enough energy through their commercial solar system to compensate for their daily usage amount. This high-bar is target is a great achievement for the organisation and sets the benchmark for other businesses throughout Newcastle to follow in their footsteps. Producing a total of 24.74 MWh year to date, Coles can now head into the new year with their heads held high and a goal to balance and even exceed in 2023.
How can my business contribute to a greener future like Coles?
Businesses can contribute to a more sustainable future by making small changes throughout the business operations and chain to adapt.
Reduce energy consumption
Businesses can implement energy-efficient practices and technologies to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This might include using LED lighting, investing in energy-efficient appliances, and implementing building controls to optimise heating and cooling systems.
Installation of a sustainable energy production system
Like Coles, businesses can invest in the installation of a greener, sustainable energy production system such as solar or wind power. The energy created is stored in the systems’ batteries to be utilised or is sent back to the grid to compensate for the daily usage.
Use sustainable materials
Businesses can choose to use materials that have a smaller environmental footprint, such as recycled or biodegradable materials.
Businesses can implement waste reduction strategies, such as recycling, composting, and reusing materials whenever possible.
Support sustainability in the supply chain
Businesses can work with their suppliers to encourage sustainable practices, such as using environmentally friendly transportation options and sourcing materials from environmentally responsible sources.
Encourage employees to be part of the sustainability effort by providing education and resources and engaging them in sustainability initiatives.
Make sustainable choices in setting high-bar expectations for your business
By adopting these and other sustainable practices, businesses can help to protect the environment and support a more sustainable future for all.