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March 22, 2022

Types of renewable energy

Although we have used these natural elements hundreds of years, it is only in recent years where we have started to innovate and implement these into our main sources of energy

Although these elements have been available to us forever, it is only in recent years where we have started to innovate and implement these into our main sources of energy.

What is Renewable Energy

For hundreds of years, we have used fossil fuels to power our lives, these have been a great resource. However, they are finite, and have caused extreme amounts of damage to our environment, most of which is irreversible.

With the harm caused by these types of energy sources becoming standard knowledge, the implementation of alternative, more sustainable, energy sources has become much more popular and necessary all over the world in every type of industry and household.

Renewable Energy is any kind of energy source which can be created and used without releasing any carbon dioxide, or at least reducing the same amount as it produces. This created a net-zero carbon source of energy which causes no harm to the environment and in some cases reduces the harm which fossil fuels have created.

Some types of renewable energy sources are:

  • Wind
  • Hydroelectric
  • Solar
  • Biomass

All of which have their own benefits and drawbacks, which we will discuss later in this blog.

Why should you switch to renewable energy?

There are many benefits to renewable energy other than reducing your carbon footprint and reducing your energy bill.

Energy price stability and security

Firstly, renewable energy is less likely to be affected by rises in energy prices, you also have a sustainable energy source, as fossil fuels are a finite resource.

Exemption from the Climate Change Levy

Secondly, you will be exempt from the Climate Change Levy (CCL), this is a government-imposed tax which encourages businesses to become more energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions.

A new source of income

Thirdly, you could create another source of income by selling power back to the grid, this can be done if you are creating more power using solar panels than your business need.

Energy subsidies

Finally, you will have access to energy subsidies, which are exclusive for businesses which use less energy.

As well as the many reasons mentioned above, you could use this change to renewable energy as a marketing asset, a way to make sales and grow your brand awareness. For example, customers want to work with or purchase products/services from companies that are forward thinking and who want to help combat climate change. Using renewable energy makes you one of these companies and you can use this as a marketing ploy.


Wind energy is mainly created with the use of wind turbines to generate electricity, these turbines are usually all connected to the transmission network. Wind power is a very popular source of renewable energy which is becoming more readily available all over the world.


  • 100% renewable Energy
  • Creates jobs and therefore positive impact on the economy.
  • Cost-effective over long periods of time


  • They can take up valuable space and are labelled an eye-sore by some.
  • Turbines can cause harm to birds.


Hydro is a form of renewable energy created by the flow of water moving a turbine, this is connected to a generator and then to the national grid. Hydro power is an ‘infinite’ power as we can never run out of water and we can always make it flow, therefore, creating energy.


  • Reliable forever
  • Low emissions and fully renewable
  • Low operational costs
  • Employment through generation and maintenance


  • Cost of implementation
  • Locational Issues


Solar Power takes the energy from the sun and transfers it into usable power. The use of ‘cells’ which can be placed on roofs, walls or the ground. Solar energy is a great renewable energy source as the sun will always be there, unless its cloudy, night-time, or it explodes and ends all life on Earth. Although you may not be always creating energy, solar does not take up too much space and can easily run in the background without much maintenance.


  • Renewable
  • Becoming cost effective
  • Cheaper power source over time
  • Energy independence


  • High initial costs
  • Uses lots of space
  • Placement of cells


Biomass is simply derived from burning animal and plant waste. There are many industries which produce waste which can be converted into biomass, such as, agriculture, hospitality and forestry etc.


  • Less than follis fuels
  • Widley available
  • Carbon Neutral


  • Not as efficient as fossil fuels
  • Not entirely clean
  • Can lead to deforestation
  • Plants require a lot of space

Still not sure whether you should make the switch? Get InTouch with one of our energy experts to discuss your options today, call us on 0800031 5470 or click here. We can create a bespoke contract which adheres to all your needs and set you up for the future.

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