Renewable energy has become vital for countries across the world as they strive to achieve their net zero targets. To stem rising global temperatures, our heavy reliance on fossil fuels must be reduced and replaced with low carbon solutions. While support for renewable power has grown, there are those that still doubt just how reliable and efficient this energy is.
As the use of green energy has become widespread in the UK, so have the myths around it. These myths can often be confusing, and people may avoid renewable solutions as a result.
We take a look at some of the most common misconceptions about green energy and set the story straight.
Renewable energy is more expensive
There is particular confusion surrounding the price of renewable energy. But while the installations can be costly initially, it is less expensive and provides energy security long term.
Green energy procurement is fast becoming the most economical solution for both large corporations and small businesses alike. Renewable energy is now the cheapest form of electricity in countries that make up around three-quarters of the world’s GDP.
Costs are also likely to fall as renewables continue to gain popularity, making this kind of energy more accessible to everyone.
Renewables are unreliable
People often assume that renewable energy is dependent upon the unpredictable nature of the weather. But bad weather doesn’t necessarily mean that energy can’t be collected, or that it will be unavailable to use. While the weather does effect consistency of output, a good amount of storage ensures that energy should always be available. Solar and wind power are often stored in batteries or storage plants.
Spreading renewable generators across the country also helps to reduce the impact of adverse weather in certain locations. And with a range of installations which absorb different resources, there is likely to be some kind of original energy source available – in spite of the weather.
Green energy can’t meet demand
This is a myth that is widely believed, but rarely researched. Thermal stores, electric and heat batteries are the most common ways of storing energy onsite until it is needed. As the development of energy storage ramps up and the grid becomes more flexible, utilising natural resources will become the more pragmatic choice for businesses in a net zero economy.
Each year, renewable energy continues to grows in popularity, reaching higher levels of demand. The average onshore wind turbine can produce more than 6 million kilowatt hours of electricity every year. This is enough to meet the electricity demands of an estimated 1,500 households.
Wind turbines harm ecosystems and wildlife
Another outdated myth is that wind turbines kill wildlife and damage the surrounding ecosystems. But the number of birds killed by wind turbines is far lower than deaths caused by cars, pesticides, or other animals. In fact, pollution caused by using fossil fuel energy is one of the most detrimental factors facing wild animals, birds, and their habitats today.
Before wind turbines are built, they are assessed to ensure that wildlife won’t be consistently harmed. And while it’s true that turbines take up space in fields, cattle are often completely unaffected by their presence. Meaning the land can still be used for farming.
Climate change isn’t real
The climate crisis is steadily becoming more difficult to brush to the side. While this was an issue that many previously avoided, the situation has continued to worsen at an alarming rate. Having fallen considerably last year due to the pandemic, carbon emissions are on the rise again. If countries carry on down the same route, 2021 is predicted to see carbon emissions rise by 1.5 billion tonnes.
Unfortunately, much of the damage to the environment can’t be reversed. But businesses need to take action to prevent further damage. There are signs of change, but in 2019 alone there were 269 new planning applications for new wind, solar and bioenergy projects. This was up from 204 the previous year, showing that awareness is increasing.
Where does Monarch come in?
It can be easy to get caught up in myths and rumours when it comes to low carbon energy solutions. But once you understand the benefits, it becomes clear that renewables are the way forward for every business.
At Monarch, we put the needs of your company and the environment first. Our extensive range of services means that we can find the best tailored solutions for your business. Our transparent, green procurement strategy can help you on your journey towards sustainability.
Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help your business to become green.