At Flow Power, we help schools link their energy supply to wind and solar farms through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
No matter who your provider is, it’s important to note electricity from the grid is typically the same.
Renewable energy generators (such as Flow Power) and fossil-fuel generators both export electricity to the grid, which is then distributed to you. In the process, it all gets mixed – you can’t choose to use renewable energy only.
However, you can choose to use your energy during the times of day when there are high amounts of renewable energy supplying the grid. During these periods, prices are typically low as there is an abundance of low cost renewable energy being supplied to the grid. See our handy graph above that shows that it works.
While this may seem confusing, there are ways you can educate yourself to use energy during peak renewable generation times. There are resources available such as the OpenNEM , which shows the live percentages of the different energy in the grid.
You can also ‘pre-pay’ for renewable energy, where through your energy contract, your electricity provider (such as Flow Power) arranges for the grid to be supplied with renewable energy that matches your usage – this is called a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
PPAs are game changers, presenting a solution for businesses wanting to go greener. They are tailored flexible energy contracts that leverage wind, solar or both to deliver greater benefits to suit your school’s energy consumption.