Green Energy

We will get you the best deal on renewable electricity and green gas

What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy is generated from natural resources such as the sun, wind, and water, using technology which ensures that the energy stores are naturally replenished. Our green energy solutions give you access to the most cost effective renewables.

Instead of buying all of your energy from suppliers, you can install renewables technology (also called micro generation and low-carbon technology) to generate your own.

What are the benefits of installing renewables?

There are lots of good reasons to use renewables. You will be:

  • making use of secure and local resources
  • reducing your dependence on non-renewable energy
  • helping to reduce the production of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
  • creating new jobs in renewable energy industries
  • reducing your energy bills. In some cases you can generate income by selling your surplus energy back to your energy provider

Green Electricity

Green Gas

Buying Green Electricity

We can help your organisation buy green electricity that is generated from renewable and low carbon sources.

How green electricity can benefit you:
  • Show your commitment to reducing carbon emissions wherever possible
  • Reduce costs against existing electricity spend for large users
  • Become part of a program of sustainable procurement.

Generation of electricity produces around a third of the UK’s carbon emissions and more renewable energy generation on a larger scale is seen as an important step towards lowering the climate change impact of this sector.

There are many options to consider when an organisation is shopping for a greener electricity supply, and we can help you make an informed choice on what is right for your organisation.

Some of the technologies are explained in more detail below.

Zero Carbon Electricity

Zero carbon energy relates to electricity that has been generated without producing any emissions at all.

This would include the traditional renewable forms of generation such as wind, wave & tidal, solar and smaller hydroelectric.

Power generated from any of these sources would have renewable obligation certificates (ROC’s) and will come with renewable electricity guarantee of origin (REGO)

Low Carbon Electricity

Low carbon energy relates to electricity that falls outside of the traditional renewable sources, but that has been generated with lower emissions than the standard output of energy sources such as gas and coal. Technologies would include good quality CHP (combined heat and power), biomass, and large scale hydro.

Power generated from these sources would be likely to be around the same cost as standard electricity.

Following the 2015 Budget, renewable generated electricity is to be taxed at the same rate as standard electricity, and a number of suppliers no longer offer these products.

However, we still work with a large number of low carbon and 100% renewable suppliers and will assist with the decision making process by providing information on fuel mix, and helping you make an informed choice.

In the instance where on site generation is not feasible for an organisation, but they still want to do their bit to help with carbon reduction, buying low carbon electricity is the sensible option.

Switching to green electricity

Switching to low carbon electricity is A Greener Solution, we will buy green electricity on your behalf. As more people opt to buy green energy, the supply of clean renewable energy available on the National Grid increases and the demand for fossil fuel electricity diminishes. This sends a clear message and we believe can accelerate the changes that will help the U.K achieve its carbon reduction targets.

Call today on 0191 500 9786 for more information and to get a quotation for low carbon electricity for your business, or click the button below.

Green Gas Supplies

A Greener Solution offer two options for green gas supplies, detailed below

100% Certified Green Gas

Our green gas (or biogas) is sourced from Anaerobic Digestion, where waste that would otherwise leak methane (a gas 20 times more potent than CO2!) into the atmosphere is processed into biogas to be used as fuel. It works by adding bacteria to organic feed stock – usually waste, like a mixture of animal slurry and vegetation; this process releases a biogas which is collected and in electricity production, is burned to heat water and turn turbines, and the waste heat is put to good use like pasteurising the ‘digestate’ so it can be used as fertiliser. In gas production, rather than the gas being burned to produce electricity, it goes through a process called ‘scrubbing’. This ensures that it has the same ‘compressibility’ as the natural gas in the grid, while being totally odourless. It can then be injected into the grid for consumption at the same calorific value and pressure as the gas in the grid.

Certified 100% green! Behind the scenes, this gas supply comes with a Green Gas certificate under the independent Green Gas Certification Scheme.

Call today on 0191 500 9786 for a quotation for your business for 100% renewable gas.

Carbon Zero (carbon offset) gas

Carbon Zero Gas gives your business an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to sustainable development and to take practical action to minimise the environmental impact of your carbon emissions. It offers a quality-assured way for you to offset the carbon emissions released as a result of your natural gas consumption, at the same time as supporting accredited carbon-saving projects in Africa and India.

Compensate for your carbon emissions

CarbonZero Gas enables you to compensate for your carbon emissions by investing in carefully selected carbon-saving initiatives. The schemes you can choose to support are an energy-efficient stove project in Kenya and a wind power plant in India.

Your emissions are calculated and we then purchase the corresponding number of‘credits’ from these emission-reduction projects. You can choose whether you want to offset all of your carbon emissions from your gas usage or a percentage of them – and you can support one or both of the carbon-saving schemes.

As proof of your commitment to environmental protection, you will receive a certificate declaring the percentage of emissions you are offsetting through the scheme.

INVEST IN CREDIBLE, EFFECTIVE CARBON REDUCTION

The carbon-offsetting programmes in which your funds are invested are operated by our partner, Co2Balance – one of the longest-established carbon-management organisations in the world. Co2Balance has received Gold Standard accreditation for its Kenyan cooking stove project, which provides independent verification of the quality of its carbon credits and the carbon-offsetting schemes it supports.

PARTICIPATION COULDN’T BE SIMPLER

The Carbon Zero Gas arrangement does not affect your normal gas supply contract in any way – it simply runs alongside it, and for the same duration. The fee you pay for Carbon Zero Gas is invested in reputable and viable projects that meet the Verified Carbon Standards – a worldwide third-party accreditation scheme. Credits are retired through a public registry to ensure total transparency.

The two carbon-offsetting projects you can support through CarbonZero Gas are shown below:

INDIAN WIND POWER PROJECT

This Verified Carbon Standard project involves the construction of 75 wind turbines to generate 59.4MW of clean, renewable energy for the Gujurat state electricity grid. This will replace energy generated from fossil-fuel- based plants and provide jobs for local people. The developer is also supporting the local community by rebuilding a school, providing school equipment and running health awareness training.

When you sign up for CarbonZero Gas you will receive more detailed information on each project, including the impact your contribution will make. You can use this in your own marketing and CSR communications campaigns.

Kenyan Cooking Stove Project

This Gold Standard project involves the provision of energy-saving cooking stoves for villages in Kenya. The brick stoves reduce the need for firewood by 50%, thereby reducing carbon emissions, preventing deforestation and preserving natural habitats.

As well as providing families with a time and cost- effective way to cook, the stoves significantly reduce indoor smoke, which is a serious threat to health in Africa resulting 1.9 million deaths per year.

Purchasing just 100,000kWh of CarbonZero Gas per year will build six stoves and save 15,854kg of firewood.

Indian Wind Power Project

This Verified Carbon Standard project involves the construction of 75 wind turbines to generate 59.4MW of clean, renewable energy for the Gujurat state electricity grid. This will replace energy generated from fossil-fuel- based plants and provide jobs for local people. The developer is also supporting the local community by rebuilding a school, providing school equipment and running health awareness training.

When you sign up for CarbonZero Gas you will receive more detailed information on each project, including the impact your contribution will make. You can use this in your own marketing and CSR communications campaigns.

Why Switch to Carbon Zero Gas?
  • Reduce your environmental impact
    Invest in reputable and viable carbon-offsetting projects
    Flexibility to offset all or a percentage of your emissions from gas usage
    Enhance your CSR credentials by supporting global community-enhancement
    Receive a certificate to publicly demonstrate your commitment to sustainability

Call today on 0191 500 9786 to discuss Carbon Zero Gas in more detail, or click the button for a free quote.

We are delighted to announce that from the start of our next contract not only will we receive zero carbon gas, but we will also pay less for the privilege. Best of all, it cost us nothing!”

– Mark Burrows, Finance Director, Royal Armouries (International) PLC

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