Over £109 million of funding for driverless and low carbon projects

The government has announced a range of commitments to ultra low emission and autonomous vehicles.

This includes a commitment that both the plug-in car grant and the electric vehicle homecharge schemes at will continue at their current rates. The government also made a commitment that by March 2018 it will publish a new long term strategy for promoting the transition to zero emission road transport.

 The plug-in car grant, which has already supported the purchase of more than 95,000 ultra low emission vehicles, will continue to provide £4,500 to category 1 vehicles and £2,500 to category 2 and 3 vehicles until at least October 2017. The electric vehicle homecharge scheme will continue to provide grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of a domestic chargepoint (capped at £500) until March 2018. Both schemes will then be subject to a further review.  

For more information click here or contact us on 01789 262411.

Are Solar Panels & Energy Storage going to cut my electricity bill?

A question we always get asked is “Are Solar Panels & Energy Storage going to cut my electricity bill?” The answer is yes!!!

We have supplied & installed many Solar PV systems over the last 7 years & have been installing energy storage as part of new installations or retrofit to existing systems for the last 2 years.

Using one of our clients as a case study we can see the benefits in a very short space of time. In December 2016 we installed a new 5.23kWp SunPower system using 16 x E20 327w Panels with SolarEdge Inverter & Optimisation as well as a Tesla Powerwall 1.

The client has so far in 2017 provided 41% of their electricity consumption from Solar, in March it was 66% & April has started well at 91%.

The East facing SunPower panels generate electricity as soon as the sun rises & often by lunchtime the Tesla Powerwall is at 100% stored capacity leaving the house to be powered by sunshine until sunset when the battery takes over.

Commenting on the system our client says:

“It’s easy to live with and the app is fascinating. We have just come off a single period of 46hours where all the power we consumed came off our own roof.

Really looking forward to May, June and July when we think we are going to be strong net producers of power.

Next steps? We are thinking of maybe more one day. The back of the house is an option due to the East West nature of the house and very long periods of the day we would have both sides in full sun. Maybe a second battery? We think if we did that we would almost be able to change our oil fired boiler for an electric one in a few years when it needs replacing. Ground source? What about when all our cars are electric?”

For more information on Solar & Energy Storage call us on 01789 262411.

SunPower X22 360w highest efficiency Solar Panels now available.

We are now taking orders for SunPower X22 360w Solar Panels.

With the World’s highest efficiency of over 22% & lowest degradation rates these are the standard for Solar generation especially where maximum power is required. This is all backed up by a comprehensive 25year Product & Performance Warranty.

Got a small roof? 3.60kWp can be achieved from only 10 panels.

Call us on 01789 262411 to discuss further.

Upgrade & Optimise your Solar PV with upfront payment of £500*

There are many Solar PV systems that are coming up for 5 years old that were installed at the early high FiT rates. Those systems’ inverters are nearing the end of their warranty & some are beginning to fail. 

The obvious option is to replace the inverter with another string inverter, however we recommend installing a SolarEdge Inverter with Power Optimisers as this will provide the following benefits:

  • Increase in Revenue – SolarEdge Power Optimiser technology has been tested & proven to increase generation.
  • Live Monitoring – Access to individual panel monitoring via your computer, tablet or phone allowing full visibility of the performance of your system including Solar generation, energy consumption & export data.
  • 20 Year Warranty – SolarEdge Inverters come with a 12 year warranty as standard but as part of the upgrade we extend it to 20 years and SolarEdge Power Optimisers come with a 25 year warranty. 
  • Future Proof – along with our 10 year workmanship warranty, the core item of the system is guaranteed for the rest of the FiT scheme.
  • Battery Ready – with the addition of SolarEdge’s StorEdge interface the system can be further enhanced with the ability to add Energy Storage.
  • Firefighter Safety – SolarEdge is one of the very few inverter technologies that have been passed as Firefighter safe.
  • Panels – as part of the upgrade whilst adding the optimisers, the panels will be cleaned & all connections checked
  • Full Health Check – we will also check all electrical wiring & isolators. 

Stratford Energy Solutions are  SolarEdge certified so even if your system appears to be working let us upgrade it & start increasing the revenue from your Feed-In Tariff.

For more information on SolarEdge click here & to see the StorEdge system working click here

*With a deposit of only £500 then spread the payments over 36 months at £95.71 per month. 

Based on 16 panel system Install cost £3,495. Pay £500, then 36 x £95.71. Total payable £3,945.56. APR 9.9%.

Call us now to discuss your upgrade 

Tel: 01789 262411.

5.23kWp SunPower Solar System & Tesla PowerWall 2 with payments over 48 months.

Purchase a 16 panel 5.23kWp  SunPower Solar system with the latest Tesla PowerWall 2 home battery and spread the payments over 48 months.

Price                                       £15,500.00

Deposit                                  £2,500.00

Loan Value                           £13,000.00

APR                                         9.9%

Term (Months)                     48

Monthly repayments        £326.40

Total repayable                   £18,167.05

Total interest payable      £2,667.05

This market leading Solar system consists of 16 x SunPower E20 327w panels with SolarEdge optimisation & Tesla PowerWall 2 home storage system. The Solar panels will generate your electricity during the day with any surplus Solar energy being stored in the Tesla battery to use at night. This will mean less reliance on the grid and a reduced electricity bill.

Click here to see how the system works

For more information please call 01789 262411.

FREE EV Charging Points – roll out commences.

Electric vehicle owners are starting to have free smart chargers installed as a result of their participation in the Electric Nation project. The latest smart chargers will future-proof their electric vehicle (EV) home charging, and they will play an important role in a research project to ensure that the UK’s local electricity networks can cope with the ever-growing numbers of electric cars.

For more information and to check eligibility click here remembering to tell them you heard about it from “Stratford Energy Solutions”

Heating & Plumbing Engineer Required

We are a forward thinking company designing & installing market leading heating systems including Air & Ground Source Heat Pumps & Biomass Boilers mainly in the premium residential market. Along with our electrical contracting business we are involved in full M&E projects as well as one off technology new & retrofit work.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic plumbing and heating engineer who enjoys the variety of working in an environment where no two days are ever the same & strives to deliver a first class professional service every time. The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to develop & lead our heating business.


Extensive Plumbing and Heating experience in domestic environments
BPEC Unvented Hot Water Systems Certificate

BPEC/WRAS water regulations certificate

Minimum NVQ2 in a related discipline

Full UK Driving Licence


Heat Pump & Biomass experience
Gas Safe registered

Commercial Gas qualification 

Solar Thermal experience

Initially work maybe sub-contract with the view to develop to full time employment & beyond.

Please send CV to

SunPower Solar System with Tesla PowerWall from £335.38 per month

We can now offer finance on renewable energy products.

Purchase a 3.92kWp SunPower Solar Panel system with Tesla PowerWall energy storage and spread the payments over 3 years.


Deposit                                     £1,500.00

Loan Value                               £10,495.00

APR                                            9.9%

Term (Months)                          36

Monthly repayments              £335.38

Total repayable                      £13,573.85

Total interest payable           £1,578.85

This market leading Solar system consists of 12 x SunPower E20 327w panels with SolarEdge optimisation & Tesla PowerWall home storage system. The Solar panels will generate your electricity during the day with any surplus Solar energy being stored in the Tesla battery to use at night. This will mean less reliance on the grid and reduced electricity bill.

Click here to see how the system works

For more information please call 01789 262411.

Free EV Smart Chargers for Members of the Electric Nation Community

Are you a new EV owner? You could be eligible for a free smart charger installation if you join the Electric Nation Community.
Stratford Energy Solutions are proud to be an installation partner for the Electric Nation Project.
The project officially launched on 14th September. If you are going to buy or lease a new electric car (which includes pure EVs and plug-in hybrids), you are invited to join the Electric Nation Community.
Electric Nation are looking for 500-700 EV drivers to be part of the trial – which is the world’s largest trial of its kind in the world.
The trial is designed to ensure local electricity networks can cope with increasing numbers of electric vehicles.

For more information about the project and how to get involved, please see this link Electric Nation Brochure.

SMA Sunny Boy Storage & Tesla Powerwall retrofit to Solar system

Adding energy storage to an existing Solar PV system is the best to way improve self consumption.

Surplus solar-generated energy is diverted to a battery and then can be used when either solar generation is low or at night when the solar panels are no longer generating. 

The SMA Sunny Boy Storage battery inverter allows the integration of a battery such as the Tesla Powerwall.

We have just installed one such system to a client to add to their existing SMA inverters. The client has increased their self consumption dramatically ensuring all the Free energy is used.

For more information please contact us 01789 262411.