Reduce your costs on the pathway to net zero

For the last few years, Devon Energy Partnership (DEP) has been focused on reducing carbon emissions for business.

As a new Partner of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber, we want to share some ideas how investors and local businesses can reduce costs and navigate their pathway to net zero.

What is Net Zero?

In May 2019, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) – a non-departmental public body that advises the government on the climate – recommended that the UK should aim to be net zero on all greenhouse gases by 2050.

This would keep the UK in line with the commitments it made as part of the 2016 Paris Agreement to keep global warming under two degrees.

The current drivers

Investor requirements

Legislation – ESOS/SECR – Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

Minimum EPC rating – ‘E’ currently & proposed EPC rating ‘B’ by 2030

Risk – Impact on valuation vs cost of retrofit measures to achieve standards

Accelerated building obsolescence / stranded assets

4 easy steps to address Net Zero

Step 3 – On roof solar PV for your business

With good-sized roofs and unused land, businesses in the South West are in an ideal position to benefit from solar generation.

The energy generated can then be used to offset high daily electricity consumption and help protect your business against future rises in electricity costs. 

The cost of installing solar PV systems has plummeted in recent years. Solar panel technology is now mass-produced, and installation costs are at an all-time low.

The huge uptake in solar panels within the agriculture sector speaks volumes and is a true testament to the reliability and strong returns offered.

A typical commercial solar panel system will provide free electricity for more than 25 years, achieve financial returns of up to 20% per annum and pay back installation costs within approximately five to six years.

Benefits of installing solar panels

Significantly reduce business overheads – Solar energy is typically a third of the price of grid supplied energy, significantly reducing your costs and improving your bottom line.

Secure your future energy – Pre-purchase electricity at a fixed unit price, forecast your long-term energy costs and protect your business against future increases in utility prices.

Tax exemptions – Solar panels are classed as plant and machinery and are eligible for Capital Allowances.

Achieve a healthy ROI – A typical commercial solar panel system will provide free electricity for more than 25 years, achieve returns of up to 20% per annum and pay back installation costs within 5-6 years (before Capital Allowance benefits).

Finance for solar panels

While self-financing is the most popular option for purchasing solar panels and offers the best returns over the lifetime of a system, we know that many businesses currently have limited budgets or would prefer to spend their capital elsewhere.

As part of our consultative approach, DEP offer guidance as to the finance options that are available for your business as well as provide detailed economic efficiency calculations with your free desktop survey to ensure you understand exactly how and when you can expect to break even, the structure of repayments and the overall profit for your business.

Why Devon Energy Partnership?

Alex and his partners have worked in the energy industry for the last 20 years. He cut his teeth working for EDF Energy heading up the partnerships team in both the B2C and SME businesses.

Since leaving EDF, Alex was involved with a number of projects, including launching a new energy-switching division for Mole Valley Farmers through to providing consultancy services to Strutt and Parker rural clients.

DEP and their partners provide a complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) service for Chamber members. From initial feasibility studies and construction to commissioning and beyond, we will ensure you receive expert advice.

For more information, please contact Alex Monro on 01363 535050 or visit

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