Opus Energy has agreed to buy the electricity generated by Milford Haven Port Authority’s (MHPA) solar arrays.
The agreement becomes Opus Energy’s 250th renewable generator contract. Opus Energy will buy the electricity generated by 11 solar arrays across Milford Haven Port Authority sites.
Energy Development Manager at Milford Haven Port Authority, Tim James, said “Milford Haven Port has a long established tradition of working at the cutting edge of energy production. Renewable generation now makes up part of our energy interests and is set to grow considerably as we make the transition to low carbon energy generation. We now have over 800kW of renewable energy generators and Opus Energy’s speed and ability to deliver within our deadlines and targets made them a great choice”.
Opus Energy, the business energy supplier, said there are an increasing number of small and medium sized businesses interested in generating their own energy from their own business. Generating their own electricity allows them to reduce business electricity bills for their own sites while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint.
Opus Energy added that by using sources of renewable energy to generate their own power meant businesses benefitted from an extra source of income because Opus Energy will buy their green energy via a power purchase agreement (PPA).
Managing Director at Opus Energy, Charlie Crossley Cooke, said “Our growing customer base is evidence that renewable energy generation can provide businesses with a much needed boost to their income. This also contributes to a company’s energy provision in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way, which in turn will help bolster CSR credentials”.
He continued, “So far, we’ve seen take-up of our renewables PPA across a range of different business sectors, from food manufacturers and suppliers to farms and community centres. Our challenge is to grow this customer base and the take-up of renewables generation amongst UK SMEs, despite decreasing subsidies”.
Mr Crossley Cooke continued “With the economic situation still so uncertain, any additional income will be invaluable for businesses. A 100kW solar panel on the roof of a factory, for example, will typically generate an income of over £16,000 per year, and will help reduce running costs, which makes sound business sense”.