How industrial self-consumption works and its advantages
In general, everyone knows how industrial self-consumption works: a solar plant plus a company equals savings. Photovoltaic self-consumption consists of producing electricity for one’s own consumption by means of solar panels. For this, there are different types of self-consumption, but today we will talk about photovoltaic plants that generate energy on-site, that is, from the company itself.
Let’s get started, what is industrial photovoltaic self-consumption?
To begin with, industrial photovoltaic self-consumption differs from that applied in homes and neighborhood communities because of its energy generation potential, since industry requires a greater volume of electricity to carry out all production processes. Thus, photovoltaic installations consist of many more panels than a residential solar plant.
In the current social and economic context, SMEs and large industries are in the spotlight in terms of emissions, as they are one of the agents that generate the most pollution. So much so that the European Union has begun to implement drastic measures, penalties for companies that have not reduced their carbon emissions by at least 45% by 2030.
Nowadays, the industry is the ideal public to join the industrial self-consumption, since there is a type of contract that allows them to have a solar plant without initial investment and immediate savings, giving them a term of 10 or more years to pay the loan, which is easy to achieve considering the savings generated by the installation. That is a PPA contract.
How industrial self-consumption works step by step
Now, how does industrial self-consumption work? First we will need to have a photovoltaic installation together with one or more solar inverters. On the one hand, the panels will be in charge of capturing sunlight and transforming it into continuous electrical energy, which is not used for consumption. So, on the other hand, the function of the inverter is to convert this electrical energy into alternating. And it would be ready to feed the industry.
But this does not mean that you consume only the energy generated by the photovoltaic installation, you will also have to alternate it with the electricity from the grid. This is not necessarily a brake for your company, but when you prioritize the electricity that comes from the solar plant and consume the electricity from the grid at times when the price of light is lower, such as at night when there is no sun, you will see how your electricity bill drops drastically.
Advantages of industrial self-consumption
We have already hinted at the advantages of industrial self-consumption, but to close the blog, let’s take a last look at them:
- Economic penalties: as we have already mentioned, through the Paris Agreement and the UN Climate Action Plan, those companies that do not emit zero net emissions by 2050 will be penalized economically.
- Corporate image and social responsibility: customers are becoming increasingly eco-friendly and companies must give in to their demands. If industry does not take measures to avoid its high rate of polluting emissions, this will have repercussions on its corporate image. Social responsibility is no longer a forgotten phrase in the action plan.
- Immediate savings: from the moment your installation company starts up your company’s solar plant, it won’t take you long to see the results reflected in your electricity bill. The consumption of photovoltaic energy is done from minute one, so the savings are immediate.
- Sustainability and energy transition: the climate emergency is no longer under discussion, it exists and we have to face it. So it is the responsibility of companies to make the decision and enter the energy transition. In addition, a measure such as photovoltaics can be combined with others such as sustainable lighting or energy management.
- Competitiveness in the market: thanks to the independence from traditional electricity companies, you will not depend on changing electricity prices. By generating and consuming your own energy, you can free yourself from unnecessary expenses and compete with other companies that have not yet taken the step. With the money saved you will be able to invest in increasing the workforce, in better quality technologies, etc.
- Your electricity bill: your electricity bill will undoubtedly drop drastically, and without any discussion you will be able to reaffirm your decision to have opted for solar energy.
Enertika, leader in photovoltaic self-consumption in industry
Enertika is a reference in Energy as a Service and industrial photovoltaic self-consumption for its quality studies and success in its projects. Clients such as Nestlé have entrusted us with their first photovoltaic park in the state of Reus, and thanks to the results obtained, also their second, in Miajadas. Leading global companies such as Kao Corporation, Northgate or Walmart have also opted for our distributed generation service. To finish it off, we have carried out the first industrial shared self-consumption project in the state, Rubí Brilla.
If knowing how industrial self-consumption works and everything we have told you has not convinced you to take the step, you can always use our photovoltaic simulator to check yourself the results that your solar plant would give easily and free of charge. We even have a tutorial to help you. We are waiting for your call;)