Commercial outdoor lights can be run with solar energy due to the availability of solar power during the day and the relatively small amount of energy it takes to run them. However, if one were to take into account of the commercial outdoor lights that are run in the world, that adds up to a great deal of power. Therefore, installing solar-powered outdoor lights is a good first initiative to ensure that industry is using less energy on a daily basis.
Some companies are waiting for the cost of solar energy to equal the cost of traditional energy, but they are forgetting one critical part of this equation: There is never a power bill with solar energy. With the advent of solar energy and the opportunities it offers for businesses to save tons of money every year, it is time to make a change and find out how much solar energy can really save a business on a yearly basis.
The manufacturing industry is a the one place where energy efficiency is most in need of implementation. While energy efficiency is a primary concern of those who are working on “green” initiatives, manufacturing companies are seen to use the most energy and waste the most energy at the same time.
Small and medium-sized manufacturers are seen as the best targets of energy efficiency programs as they are small enough that they can make changes to their processes without causing a major upheaval in their business. Energy efficiency programs have a hard time reaching businesses because each business needs to see a reason why they must make changes. Also, companies want to see the profit in their changes before they begin making alterations to their manufacturing lines that could cost them millions of dollars.
Although a business can readily tell how much cost would be associated with rolling out a green initiative, it can be difficult for a business to quantify the potential savings they would capture from lower electricity bills brought about because of the increased energy efficiency.
In the fight the make manufacturing as energy efficient as possible, it is imperative that relationships be built with companies who can learn how to make changes and keep their business solvent.
While Europeans are working to get to a goal of using 27% renewable energy by 2030, the U.S. military has made a goal of using 25% renewables, but they plan to meet that goal by 2025.
The Pentagon, which controls military operations centrally, has 2.3 billion square feet of space on buildings that it controls where it can harvest solar energy. These buildings can all be tapped to power military installations without the need for a traditional power grid.
The military does not want to poke fun at the Europeans, but it does want to make use of all the space that it has at its disposal. By using power-purchase agreements, the military is going to be able to get private financing for these projects and get them built very quickly to help meet their targets. If the program goes over well, the entire U.S. military will be energy-independent very soon.