On-site Power Development and Management for Large Energy Users
What We Do:
We help you save money and cut carbon emissions without any capital expenditure or operating expense. Build back better and support the UK’s target to increase UK renewable power generation. We do this by putting solar panels on your rooftop or adjoining land, and from battery storage. Your only commitment is to pay for what you use through a power purchase agreement (PPA).
What’s in it for the Site Owner and User?
- No capital cost for the solar panels – solar panels are installed for free
- Financial savings on your electricity bill – immediate savings that will increase over time. Hedge against long-term energy price increases
- CO2 savings – solar panels reduce your emissions in a highly visible way, as well as adding more renewable capacity, and are a big step towards achieving your wider sustainability goals
- No risk/ hassle/ ongoing maintenance – we take care of everything: monitoring; maintenance; insurance; meter readings; remedial works. Everything
What Green Nation does:
We act as project and asset managers for the installation throughout its life. Before the system is even built, we will obtain whatever planning consents and permissions are needed, and ensure that there is sufficient capacity on the local grid to connect the installation. We will work with an installer to specify the equipment to be used – we insist on high-quality components in order to maximise the power produced and the reliability of the system.
Green Nation funds the build, with the backing of investors who are attracted to the steady income solar provides over the years. We then monitor the output of the solar panels and the health of the system for the lifetime of our agreement, and organise any repairs and maintenance that are needed
What is a PPA and how does it work?
A PPA is a long-term electricity supply agreement between the energy user (you) and Green Nation that enables us to fund the solar panels. A price for the electricity from the solar panels is calculated that is less than your current grid electricity price (based on the project economics and typically 1-5p/kWh cheaper) and is linked to general inflation, not energy price inflation.
We sign an agreement with the building owner to sell them as much electricity as they can use. The electricity is available during daylight hours, with a peak in the middle of the day, and higher production in the summer months. Before agreeing a deal, we look at the power consumed by the building and we size the system installed so that most or all of its output is used in the building itself.
Any excess is exported to the grid and sold by us on the wholesale market.
What does a good Large Energy Site look like?
The large majority of our PPA-funded systems are installed on rooftops, though we are working on ground-mounted installations too.
Good solar roofs come in all shapes and sizes, but most have this in common:
- At least 300 square metres of roof space, on one or more neighbouring roofs – and with no upper limit to size
- Sturdy roof and building able to support the weight of the panels for 25 years
- Minimal shading from trees, buildings or other landscape features
- Houses a long-term occupant of the building who uses lots of electricity
We are always looking for new roofs on which to install. To discuss an opportunity to put solar on your building contact us here. to discuss an opportunity of solar on your
Schools & Colleges
Schools, academies and colleges are great places to put solar – they have large buildings, consume lots of power and are obviously there for the long-term. They are also occupied by lots of people who are enthusiastic and well-informed about renewable energy. In most years, they have quite predictable demand for power, though lockdowns have made 2020-21 a little less predictable!
Green Nation has carried out some of the largest educational solar projects in the UK to date, saving our customers money and helping them do their bit to decarbonise our climate.
In addition to cheaper electricity, we also provide an educational and engagement resource:
- Web Portal giving access to detailed information on electricity production on site
- Feed to a monitor in reception with a summary of what has been produced that day
- Over the past five years, Green Nation has organised some of the largest solar projects in the UK educational sector. We look forward to doing more in the future.
Case Study: Holywood Bowl, Wolverhampton
Solar Power comes to Hollywood Bowl, Wolverhampton
Case Study: City Academy, Bristol
In October 2015, Green Nation was put in touch with City Academy, Bristol, who were interested in a large installation on their classroom and sports hall roofs to help reduce their high energy costs. Solar firm IDDEA of Devizes were to carry out the installation.