Solar Builder

NOV-DEC 2018

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34 N OV E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 Energy Planners A low-carbon future starts with partnership By Craig Noxon S ustainability directors are faced with increasing pressure to establish ambitious sustainability goals for their com- panies, but what they often lack are the right partners to help bring them to fruition. Charting a path from sus- tainability goal inception to completion requires strategic partner- ships with industry experts willing to stick by companies for the long-haul, which often means years of committed investment. This challenge is exceedingly true when talking about the accel- erated pace of innovation in our new energy era. Sustainability directors require not only a dependable corporate energy provider, but one that can advise on diverse and customizable energy portfo- lio offerings. As the transformation of energy use and efficiency continues to evolve, so must the strategies that corporate energy providers advise upon. "Companies have a responsibility to ensure they are operating in a sustainable manner and setting goals to outline what that responsibility means to them is an important part of that journey," says Sarah McElroy, analyst at SustainAbility. "The best goals cre- ate shared value, and this requires, at the very least, stronger align- ment with the business model, and sometimes outright transfor- mation." Sustainability leaders are setting goals for 2030, 2040 and beyond. Gone are the days that providers offer only one solution — a partner's offerings must include a wider set of solutions to approach energy management holistically within the greater con- text of a company's goals, mission and values. A definitive sign that there is an increased demand for renew- able energy can be seen in the increased memberships to RE100, a collaborative, global initiative uniting inf luential businesses com- mitted to 100 percent renewable electricity. Since July 2017 alone, the membership count has jumped 31 percent. With an amplified focus on renewables by organizations large and small, partners must be able to provide companies with energy models rooted in deep knowledge, analysis and innovation. Furthermore, a corporate energy provider's bankability allows the customer to feel more confident about choosing the right long-

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