Renewable energy is a hot but complex topic within the business world. With the current energy crisis, more and more importance is being given to green energy in order to reduce costs. But when can we talk about green or renewable energy and what are the benefits?

When people talk about green energy, they are talking about renewable energy. This is electricity generated from renewable energy sources such as hydropower, wind power, solar power or biomass. Gray electricity, on the other hand, comes from fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and petroleum. Burning these releases CO2 which is enormously polluting and therefore harmful to the environment. Consequently, it is wise to choose the green alternative.

Today we are in the transition from non-renewable energy sources to renewable energy sources, but we are far from there. Fossil fuels have a negative ecological impact and will run out, so the need for this conversion is high. The government therefore stimulates sustainable solutions e.g. through subsidies. However, it is now also up to companies to take action.

The high cost price often stops entrepreneurs from taking the step. Producing green power does indeed require large investments but it does pay off. Solar and wind power are already the cheapest sources of energy and continue to fall all the time. Therefore, the payback period for solar panels is lower than ever.

Moreover, there are other benefits as well. Providing your own energy makes you independent from other countries. Thus, crises such as now have less impact on your energy bill. In addition, renewable energy is good for our planet and our health. No CO2 is emitted which keeps the air healthier.

CAUTION; green energy is not always 100% green. Electricity is not sortable so what comes out of your outlet can be either green or gray power. Are you paying for green power? Then this money is used to finance renewable energy but this does not necessarily mean that you are using green power.

Want to check which companies offer green power? Then check the Greenpeace score. Greenpeace gives each supplier a score that allows you to compare them. The higher the score, the more sustainable the energy.

 

In Flanders, there is room for as many as 96.09 gigawatt peak solar panels, but they remain unused. The abundance of information about solar panels and the hours of research that go with it often deter entrepreneurs from taking that step towards solar energy. With our latest project, we want to do away with this.

With Stroom van eigen kweek 2.3 we want to guide companies through this sea of information by ensuring the transformation from energy consumer to energy co-producer. For this we work with different partners, depending on the needs and region. During this process, CEO’s 4 Climate will be the central point of contact and we will guarantee your energy disruption.

Are you interested in getting involved in this project or would you like more info? Drop us a line at info@ceos4climate.eu.