What is Solar PV?

July 8, 2022. By Kaylea Thomas

Solar PV  also known as solar photovoltaic panels, generate electricity using energy from the sun.

By installing solar panels, you can generate your own renewable electricity.

The cells don’t need direct sunlight to work and can even work on cloudy days. However, the stronger the sunshine, the more electricity generated.

What are the Benefits?

Reduce Carbon Emissions

Capitalizing on this process will help lower your companies carbon footprint as the process does not rely on fossil fuels or other products to operate. None of the energy is wasted either as it can be stored on the grid for future use.

Be More in control of your energy costs

With the rise of energy rates, investing in solar energy can significantly reduce your electric bill. The cost of electricity from your utility will have increased dramatically over the last few months, whereas solar energy collected from Solar PV installation is free.

Save Money

Clean Energy

Independence

Property Value

What are my options and what’s good to know?

There are a number of government initiatives that can help you invest in solar panels. It’s a good idea to research if you’re eligible to apply for any of these funding options before you invest in commercial solar energy. 

Feed-In Tariffs (FIT) Scheme – Businesses that generate electricity from a renewable or low-carbon source can sell any excess energy they produce back to their supplier at a set price. Unfortunately, the FIT scheme closed for new applications on March 31, 2019, but you may still be eligible for payments. For more information.

Renewable Heat Incentive – Almost all renewable energy technologies are covered under this incentive, which provides financial support for businesses looking to install their own renewable heat system.

Enhanced Capital Allowances – Providing the equipment you invest in is eligible, you can write off the cost against your taxable profit with a 100% first-year capital allowance.

The Green Deal – With this deal, you won’t have to shell out any extra funds for installing and implementing your energy-saving technology. Instead, you’ll pay from the savings you make.

Salix Finance – Funded by the government, this scheme provides public sector organisations with interest-free loans to carry out improvements for energy efficiency.

Power Purchase Agreement – This allows private funders to buy energy you generate at a set price. They’ll also own your renewable energy system and claim subsidy rewards, while you benefit from producing your own energy.

Lease Purchase Agreement – You receive the technology as part of a lease, paying in instalments via what you earn from government subsidies. Once fully paid, the system is yours.

Business Loan – You’ll pay back your loan over a set amount of time and own, in full, your sustainable energy system. Business loans often feature better rates and terms than a lease provider, so it’s worth doing your research before signing up to an agreement.

Client Funded – This is where you pay in full for your system as it’s installed. This may be the most expensive option in the short-term, however, you’ll be able to claim all government subsidy rewards for the maximum 20 years.

"The process was seamless from start to finish and turned around in a timely manner. "

We were very happy with the professional and thorough support received by Pause People Earth during the ACA verification process. The process was seamless from start to finish and turned around in a timely manner. We will be looking for support in the future when we look to further our Airport Carbon Accreditation status.

Airport

"I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a reliable and efficient energy purchasing and carbon management service."

I have been working with the energy purchasing and carbon management team at Pause for some time now and have always been impressed with the level of service and expertise. The team is extremely friendly and knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile to help us find the best energy solutions for our business. They are also very helpful when it comes to customer service, answering any questions we may have and offering advice on how to get the best deals. Overall, they have been a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a reliable and efficient energy purchasing and carbon management service.

Consultant

"Creates a real community culture with human centered policy."

Really knowledgeable and very passionate. Creates a real community culture with human centered policy. Give Pause People the credit they deserve ?

Real Estate

"The Team's attention to detail, experience and knowledge across the carbon landscape is exceptional"

The Team at Pause People Earth consistently provides best practice support across carbon reporting (including SECR) reduction target and strategy projects covering a range of listed and non-listed UK and global organisations. The projects are always delivered to the highest quality and within the required timescales and deadlines. The Team's attention to detail, experience and knowledge across the carbon landscape is exceptional and I would highly recommend them to anyone that has the opportunity to work with them.

Carbon Consultancy

"They work with great passion and drive, and have helped me with my carbon footprint analysis. "

I have worked with Pause People Collective for a few years now and I have had some great support from their team of subject matter experts. They work with great passion and drive, and have helped me with my carbon footprint analysis. I have a great working relationship with them, and they are readily accessible. I have attended, and presented with them, and they deliver a strong message, and people need to listen.

NHS Trust

"Kaylea's passion and beliefs to make a change for the better shines through in her work."

Always received a great service from Pause People, it's great to know you're in safe hands in someone with someone you can trust, Kaylea's passion and beliefs to make a change for the better shines through in her work. Strongly recommend to anyone, keep up the great work as always ??

Consultant

"The report they produced was easy to follow and engaging and we look forward to working with Pause People going forward."

The Team at Pause People provided clarity regarding our carbon footprint for our business. The whole process was straightforward and delivered in efficient time. The report they produced was easy to follow and engaging and we look forward to working with Pause People going forward.

Call Centre

"Her work with our clients has been pivotal in helping them with their energy and carbon aspirations"

As an Energy and Carbon Associate, Kaylea is a perfect fit for our business, and our aligned values and principles make working with her effortless. Her work with our clients has been pivotal in helping them with their energy and carbon aspirations and her passion and drive for climate solutions makes her not only a fitting and valuable member of our team but also an inspiration for both clients and colleagues.

Procurement Consultant

"We have found all Pause People extremely friendly, knowledgeable and professional whenever projects are undertaken."

We have worked very closely with Pause People Collective over the years of which we have collaborated on many different projects. We have found all Pause People extremely friendly, knowledgeable and professional whenever projects are undertaken. The knowledge and advice we have received is second to none and we would highly recommend to any business looking to achieve energy compliance, energy reduction and energy procurement.

Partner

"I have received a first class service from Pause People for many years"

I have received a first class service from Pause People for many years, with all of our energy needs met from electricity, gas and water, to helping meet our green energy requirements. I have found them to be fully transparent and trustworthy in all of our dealings which is rare for electricity brokers.

Curling Rink

"A very personable, professional, and efficient service. "

A very personable, professional, and efficient service. Pause People Earth were very easy to work with, kept me up to date with each step of the process, and always responded to any queries quickly. Would highly recommend.

Airport

"I like the thoughtful path pause people are taking to help people on their journey to net zero"

I like the thoughtful path pause people are taking to help people on their journey to net zero and the careful consideration needed to help them reach their destination.

Partner

"Such a fantastic company with the best of intentions at heart"

Such a fantastic company with the best of intentions at heart. Kaylea puts our planet at the forefront of everything she does, and not because of government targets or anything like that, because she truly cares! And so should you. You will love the service you get from Kaylea as she's a wonderful person, but to know you are doing the right thing for our planet is much more of a benefit.

Consultant

"They are incredibly enthusiastic and are always willing to help drive forward new projects."

The team at Pause People collective have been a great support for me since venturing into the world of sustainability. They are incredibly enthusiastic and are always willing to help drive forward new projects.

Housing Association

"We have found them to be friendly, helpful and honest and would highly recommend them to any business."

The service, support and attention to detail offered by Pause People Collective is second to none. We have found them to be friendly, helpful and honest and would highly recommend them to any business.

Battery Solutions

"I have found the team at Pause People Earth very professional and supportive with great attention to detail."

I have found the team at Pause People Earth very professional and supportive with great attention to detail. Thank you!

Airport

"I found Pause People Collective to be super easy to deal with."

I found Pause People Collective to be super easy to deal with. They handled our solar enquiry in a friendly, efficient and professional manner, clearly outlining the costs, but more so, the projected financial benefit for us having this solution installed. They really helped us to make a fully informed decision. I’m really pleased with work Pause People Collective have done for us and highly recommend them.

Partner

"There was robust communication from their team which helps one feel more relaxed that the process is being handled in an efficient and effective manner."

The experience with Pause People Earth during our ACA accreditation process was smooth and arranged in a well thought out manner in order for us to meet our deadline requirements. There was robust communication from their team which helps one feel more relaxed that the process is being handled in an efficient and effective manner.

Airport