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Power your own on-site energy performance, edie explains report

Centrica Business Solutions has partnered with edie to publish their latest 'explains' report: On-site generation

Rising and unpredictable energy costs, the need to improve sustainability, and fears about energy security, are driving more and more organisations to move to onsite generation.

We have partnered with edie to publish a new guide to onsite generation that answers all the key questions about self-generating your own sustainable, resilient and affordable energy supply.The edie Explains guide details the different onsite generation technology options, including solar photovoltaic (PV); combined heat and power (CHP); wind turbines; ground/air source heat pumps, and anaerobic digestion (AD).

The important role onsite generation plays in providing extra grid capacity and helping to balance supply and demand through mechanisms such as Demand Side Response (DSR) is explained in the guide.

The ability to create revenue from these energy assets adds to the economic case for decentralised energy production. The guide covers the factors that should be taken into consideration in selecting the most suitable self-generation technology for your project or site. The levels of efficiency and typical cost and return on investment for each technology type are also explained.

Expert tips are provided on what to watch out, such as ensuring that CHP schemes are CHPQA assured, checking that Solar PV installers are Microgeneration Certification Scheme registered, and taking into account regulatory controls on AD digestates.

The recent IPCC report on climate change underlines the importance of decarbonising the UK energy system. This is creating renewed urgency for businesses and public bodies to transition to lower carbon onsite generation as part of their sustainability strategies.