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  • ONSITE RENEWABLES MONTH: Navigating a changing landscape for Energy Managers

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    The UK’s commercial sector has witnessed a significant shift in its approach to energy management over the last decade, with a growing emphasis on on-site renewable energy solutions. For Energy and Facilities Managers, this evolution represents a transition towards sustainability, efficiency, and economic viability. Here we explore how approaches to on-site renewable energy solutions have evolved and the implications for professionals managing commercial energy needs, based on input from attendees at the Energy Management Summit…

    1. Diversification of Renewable Energy Sources

    Initially, the focus of on-site renewable energy was predominantly on solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. While solar remains a cornerstone, there is now a more diverse range of options available. Wind turbines, biomass energy systems, and geothermal energy solutions are increasingly being considered and implemented, depending on site-specific factors like location, climate, and energy requirements. This diversification allows Energy Managers to tailor solutions that maximise efficiency and return on investment.

    2. Integration with Smart Energy Systems

    The integration of renewable energy solutions with smart energy management systems marks a significant advancement. Modern systems allow for real-time monitoring and management of energy consumption, enabling more efficient use of generated renewable energy. Smart grids and energy storage systems have also become more prevalent, allowing for the storage of excess energy and improving the reliability of renewable sources.

    3. Financial Models and Incentives

    The evolution of financial models and government incentives has made renewable energy solutions more accessible and attractive. Initiatives like the Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive in the UK have provided financial incentives for adopting renewable energy. Moreover, models such as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and leasing options have reduced the upfront costs, making renewable installations feasible for a wider range of businesses.

    4. Emphasis on Sustainability Goals

    There is an increasing alignment of renewable energy strategies with broader corporate sustainability goals. Companies are not only adopting renewables for economic benefits but also as part of their commitment to reducing carbon footprints and achieving Net Zero targets. Energy Managers are now integral to these sustainability strategies, driving initiatives that meet both environmental and business objectives.

    5. Technological Advancements and Efficiency

    Technological advancements have significantly improved the efficiency and viability of on-site renewable energy systems. Innovations in solar panel technology, wind turbine design, and energy storage have enhanced the effectiveness of these systems. Energy Managers now have access to more efficient, reliable, and cost-effective solutions than ever before.

    6. Collaborative Approaches and Partnerships

    Finally, the approach to implementing on-site renewable solutions has become more collaborative. Energy Managers are increasingly working in partnership with energy consultants, technology providers, and government bodies to develop and implement comprehensive energy strategies. This collaborative approach ensures the adoption of best practices and maximises the potential benefits of renewable systems.


    The landscape of on-site renewable energy solutions in the UK’s commercial sector has evolved considerably, offering Energy and Facilities Managers a range of options to meet their energy needs sustainably and efficiently. By embracing these advancements and integrating renewable solutions into broader energy strategies, they are playing a pivotal role in steering the commercial sector towards a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future.

    Are you researching on-site renewables for your organisation? The Energy Management Summit can help!

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    Stuart O'Brien

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