How Small Businesses can Benefit from Solar Power

posted on 08/03/2016 09:35:31 by James McAllister

In the modern world, renewable energy is becoming increasingly important as time goes on. As such, sustainable technologies are becoming more easily available to the everyday consumer. This can be seen by the increasing number of homeowners who opt to have solar panels installed.

But, it’s not just consumers who need to consider taking this all-important step towards to sustainability – it’s businesses, too. Solar panels, amongst a number of other green energy alternatives, are also relatively widely available for businesses to utilise – and more and more are beginning to do so.

It seems that many in the commercial world may be of the opinion that it’s only larger corporations who have the opportunity to invest in sustainable technologies, as smaller businesses are unlikely to have the upfront investment money that is so often required. However, thanks to a number of funding schemes and grants, sustainable energy options are now available to a wider range of businesses and budgets.

But what are the benefits of solar energy for small businesses?

Environmental benefits

This is probably the first ‘positive’ that springs to mind on the topic of solar panels. By investing in and utilising a sustainable energy source, you are helping to:

  •          Reduce your business’s environmental footprint
  •          Reduce the country’s dependence imported energy
  •          Reduce overall dependence on finite resources
  •          Champion/advocate sustainability to others
  •          Ensure growth and economic wellbeing in the future.


Financial benefits

Energy bills can be one of the biggest expenses for any company – and for small businesses in particular, it can be even more important to watch those all-important pennies. Investing in solar panels for your business – despite the upfront expense – will positively impact your bottom line and your business’s finances overall.

You will save money, as buying less energy from the grid means you’ll see a fairly immediate reduction in the price of your electricity bill. Making such an investment in energy efficiency is also likely to make you more conscious of the amount of electricity your business in consuming, and so you may find that you use less purely by being mindful of it.

You can also earn money, by selling excess energy back to the grid through a feed-in energy tariff. Overall, solar panels provide a good return on your initial investment. 

Branding benefits

There are also a number of reputation-boosting benefits that can come with making the change to solar energy. There’s an increasing demand among consumers for green products and services, and also green businesses. If you can show consumers that your company is invested in sustainability, you can reap a number of benefits, including:

  •          An upper hand against non-green competitors
  •          Positive advertising and PR opportunities
  •          A ‘green’ marketing angle.


All in all, there a large number of benefits that small businesses can make the most of by making the switch to solar panels. Aside from the obvious financial and environmental advantages, you could also benefit from branding, marketing and also a competitive edge by investing in solar panels for your business. 

James McAllister

James is an online content creator at Make It Cheaper. Having previously created a variety of content for a number of websites and media outlets, James focuses on making it easy for SME owners to find interesting and engaging content - as well as useful guides and online tools.You can email James at

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