There has been £52bn of investment in renewable energy in the UK since 2010, and half of the country’s electricity came from low carbon sources in Q3 2016. This is good news for ethically-minded businesses, as there is a growing demand for clean energy. According to a recent report by Haven Power, more than seven out of ten SMEs owners would like their energy supplier to be more committed to supporting renewable energy. In fact, 26 per cent of small businesses surveyed are looking for suppliers that have renewable, clean energy offerings. However, only 21 per cent of respondents claimed that their supplier is “completely committed” to renewables. Joseph Edwards, founder of cleaning company Gleem, has made environmentally friendly credentials one of his top priorities when he chooses suppliers. “We’ll always be affiliated with businesses that have a similar moral compass, so environmental responsibility is extremely important,” he said. “The next thing we’d look at would probably be a fair price, but at the same time customer service really comes in to it.”
The Contracts for Difference scheme is funded through a levy which forms a part of energy bills and only projects that offer the best value for money will win contracts.
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