BM ‘removes much of the risk’ as virtual power plant gives UK batteries new revenue streams

Battery assets have been used in the UK's Balancing Mechanism (BM) for the first time via a virtual power plant, marking the start of what could be a new era for energy storage business models in...

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Why a Solar buyer should care about their EPC Rating

Because it can earn you money.

... but perhaps your first question is what is an EPC? An EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate that tells you how energy efficient your building is, and...

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First battery storage site supplies electricity to National Grid Balancing Mechanism

Anesco’s Breach Farm has today become the first battery storage system to supply electricity from renewables sources to the UK National Grid Balancing Mechanism

The Balancing Mechanism (BM) is one...

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Majority of UK public want to install solar panels, poll finds

More than 70% would make homes more energy efficient given government support

More than half of the British public would install solar panels and home batteries to tackle climate change if there...

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Projects under construction in first half of 2018 almost equal China’s total capacity so far

Energy storage projects were under construction across four provinces of China, amounting to 340.5MW of new capacity during the first half of this year in the country, according to the China...

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Storage key to clean energy mix, Energy Storage Association says

In a recent blog post, Energy Storage Association (ESA) Vice President of Policy Jason Burwen argued that storage resources can help create a cleaner overall energy mix.

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Three-phase connections for all urges REA

All new housing developments should be fitted with three-phase electricity supply to update them from the single phase norm that has been in place since before World War II, according to a new...

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UK will need more energy storage to cope without gas-fired heating

In order to meet its 2050 climate goals, the nation will have to reduce the amount of natural gas used for heating, however the electricity system will not be able to cope unless thermal storage...

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Our climate plans are in pieces as killer summer shreds records

Deadly fires have scorched swaths of the Northern Hemisphere this summer, from California to Arctic Sweden and down to Greece on the sunny Mediterranean. Drought in Europe has turned verdant land...

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Council ‘proud’ of investment after solar farm delivers higher than expected income

One of the largest solar farms under local authority ownership is proving to have been a successful investment after generating more than £1.3 million of income in its second year.

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GTM Research Predicts More Battery Storage, Lower Prices For Residential Solar

First it was net metering that made rooftop solar systems appealing for home owners. Those solar panels would feed excess electricity back into the grid, generating cash for homeowners. The idea...

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A quick guide to solar panels and home batteries in the UK

Shifting to solar could help homeowners save a wedge on energy bills, and by adding a storage battery they'll be able to benefit from renewables even when it's cloudy

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E.On urges UK government to encourage, not hinder small-scale renewables

E.On has said the government must throw its support behind small-scale renewables as an urgent priority as the industry faces a looming policy cliff edge.The company, which last year announced a...

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Fuel Included Join a Radio Discussion on Home Energy and Electric Cars  with JoJu Solar and RelaxBack UK

I was delighted to be invited by Mike Dilke of Relaxback UK to join him in a radio discussion together with Chris Jardine, the Technical Director at JoJu Solar.

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The Health Risks of Our Sweltering Summers

The health threats of climate change are on full display this summer as communities around the world deal with record-breaking heat. Carbon pollution driving climate change is causing significant...

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Tesla’s mad growth in energy storage

In the first two quarters of 2018 Tesla deployed 40% more energy storage than all of 2017, with 300-400% growth expected for 2019. Solar power deployments grew 11% to 84 MW over a low Q1 value.

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Surge In Residential Battery Storage In Q1

A new report from Greentech Media and the Energy Storage Association finds residential battery storage in the US surged in the first quarter of 2018.

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Halfway to boiling: the city at 50C

It is the temperature at which human cells start to cook, animals suffer and air conditioners overload power grids. Once an urban anomaly, 50C is fast becoming reality

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Electric vehicle and stationary storage batteries begin to diverge as performance priorities evolve

Separate markets could evolve as EVs push for batteries with higher density and stationary storage seeks higher cycling capability

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Ireland to incentivise solar-plus-storage with household grants

Homeowners in Ireland can now access grants worth hundreds of euros to fund the installation of solar and energy storage systems as the government launches its first micro-generation scheme for...

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Heat-related deaths set to treble by 2050 unless Govt acts

The Environmental Audit Committee publishes its report into ‘Heatwaves: adapting to climate change’.The Committee has found that failing to address the danger of heatwaves will threaten the...

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UK C&I battery install could take grid demand to 0%

A planned commercial and industrial (C&I) energy storage project in England could increase onsite solar consumption to the point that no power will be drawn from the grid on some days of the year....

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There is only one path to decarbonising heat

We are getting closer to an answer to decarbonising our energy system. Electrical generation will almost completely decarbonise, vehicles will electrify, (perhaps even aeroplanes), etc. For heat...

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Setting Economy 7 Times on Your Powerbanx Home Battery Storage System

I recently described how a PowerBanx home battery system saves you money: you charge it on a combination of free solar and half-price Economy 7 electricity then use it to run your home when you...

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9 out of 10 doctors recommend residential solar+storage

GTM Research projects that residential batteries and other energy storage systems will be coupled with solar in 9 of 10 storage deployments by 2023. Additionally, the firm projects that...

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UK renewables enjoyed ‘rapid’ growth in 2017

The UK’s power sector continued on its trajectory towards “rapid” adoption of renewables in 2017, according to official government statistics.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial...

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Utility rates driving record demand for home energy storage systems

Installations of home energy storage system in the U.S. hit a record high in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new industry report. The new capacity of 36 megawatt-hours will sustain an...

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Dentists, clouds and virtual batteries: how to drive home storage market forwards

The global residential storage market has been picking up momentum recently, with installation growth rates soaring in many geographies such as Australia, the USA — and particularly Germany, which...

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BEIS impact assessment lays bare UK government’s meagre post-FiT expectations

The UK's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) expects sub-5MW solar deployment to fall to between 50MW and 100MW each year as a result of its closure of the feed-in...

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Rapid chargers to utilise solar and storage in Dundee’s ‘first of its kind’ project

Rapid electric vehicle chargers have been added to a solar and storage hub in Dundee to utilise the clean electricity generation and batteries to charge the city’s fleet of electric vehicles.

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How Does a Home Battery System Work?

This is a quick introduction to how a home battery system works (or at least, more accurately, how does it save you money). It is based on the operation of our PowerBanx home battery, but the...

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Home Energy Storage System Installations Hit Record High

US home energy storage systems installations hit a record high in the first quarter of 2018. 36 megawatt-hours of grid-connected home energy storage systems were installed during this period,...

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Energy Storage: A Critical Player in a Cleaner Grid

When it comes to truly transformative energy technologies, energy storage should be on the short list. While it feels like there is never any good news these days, energy storage is shattering...

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