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UK Electric & Plug-in Hybrid Car market grows 47.5% in October 2017

The UK’s plug-in car market saw continued strong performance in October, accounting for 2.2% of total registrations – in sharp contrast to the diesel’s sales dropping 30% according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures.Pure electric car (EV) registrations of 672 units increased more than 70% compared to October 2016, while plug-in hybrid (PHEV) registrations increased almost 47%. Combined plug-in car registrations increased 51% in October compared to 2016’s figures.

Total new car registrations decreased 12% compared to last year, though all of that decline is because of the lack of buyer confidence in diesel. Diesel sales decreased 29.9% in October, a malaise that has affected the few diesel-hybrid models on sale too, as they fell almost 50% compared to last year. Diesel-hybrids only accounted for 64 units though, compared to conventional diesel’s 62,349 registrations.

If you are investing in a fully electric or plug-in hybrid car please contact us for information on options for charging at home & work.

Tesla PowerWall 2 & LG Chem Home Battery on display

If you’re interested in Energy Stroage & Home Batteries then call us to arrange to visit to our showroom. Along with Solar PV systems, Air Source Heat Pumps & Biomass Boiler we also have home batteries on display.

The Tesla PowerWall 2 stores 13.5kWh of electricity charging & discharging at upto 5kW. With the facility to charge from the grid and soon to have backup facility it comes with an integral inverter so can be simply added to any existing Solar system with little disruption. 

The LG Chem batteries are available in varying capacities from 3.3kWh to 10kWh and require a third party inverter such as SolarEdge’s StorEdge system.

For more information & to book an appointment call 01789 262411.

Zappi – Charge your EV with your PV

 Zappi – The greenest way to charge you electric car using surplus power from Solar PV panels or a wind turbine. It is an EV chargepoint with 3 modes (Fast, Eco & Eco+) allowing you to set what is the most efficient way to charge your electric car.

The product is an OLEV accredited product so £500 grant can be claimed towards an installation. It is available with both Type 1 & Type 2 5m tethered leads. .

Recent installations have included a retrofit for Robert Llewelyn which he featured on the Fully Charged YouTube channel, Click here to see the review, as well as for Stuart Wright where an installation was featured. Click here to see more.

Zappi is available to order now so please contact us for details.

LG Chem & SolarEdge Battery Storage – Connect & Manage

October has seen the commencement of the Connect and Manage project in Furzton, Milton Keynes. The project is being run by Western Power Distribution (WPD) to allow it to learn more about future customer demands on the electrical grid. 

The project allows WPD to demonstrate control and communication technologies that let you and your neighbours connect up solar panels and electric vehicles without delay. These technologies will be managed for short periods of the day (peak consumption for EV’s and off-peak export for PV’s) this gives WPD the valuable time it needs to plan network upgrades with minimal disruption to its customers.

As the installation partner, we will be installing LG Chem 7kWh batteries in homes of residents living in the Furzton area of Milton Keynes. Partnered with SolarEdge’s StorEdge system the batteries  will be installed in homes with and without Solar Panels allowing WPD to monitor the habits & trial smart grid techniques.

Clients participating will have to occasionally complete surveys of their experiences but at the end of the trial the batteries will be handed over at no cost to the homeowner.

For more information on the project click here.


Smart Energy & Electric Vehicle Charging

It’s been a busy & exciting few weeks in the media starting with government news on Smart Energy. Key to this is that household batteries will be part of UK’s new energy strategy. Stratford Energy Solutions has been installing home energy storage for nearly 2 years & currently recommend the Tesla Powerwall 2.The other big news was the announcement that New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 in UK.

This created lots of heated discussion on social media, TV & Radio and even down the local pub on the effect of this policy.

One of the main topics was can the grid handle the imminent growth in electric vehicle uptake? The answer is yes, 100% electric vehicles can easily be accommodated by the grid. This will be achieved with a mixture of off-peak charging (the government are already rolling out smart meters), increase in generation with renewables & energy storage and new digital technology whereby the rate of EV charging at any moment across the country will be automatically adjusted to help match overall supply and demand. The latter is currently being trialled as part of the world’s largest electric vehicle charging project, Electric Nation, which Stratford Energy Solutions is one of the installation companies.

Other questions being asked included what difference will swapping to all electric make and where will I charge? The WWF wrote a great blog which answered all those queries click here to read it


For more information on energy storage & electric vehicle charging contact us 01789 262411.

Solar Panel Fire Safety as standard

There has been a lot of news & media coverage on fire safety recently including concerns about Solar Panels.

Whilst any electrical circuit always has the potential to be a fire hazard we ensure that the risk is reduced. As standard all our residential Solar systems have enhanced safety built in.

As a Certified SolarEdge installer we recommend and install their inverters & optimisers as standard on residential systems & recommend for all our commercial systems.

Their SafeDC Technology means when AC power is off, DC wire voltage is decreased to protect installers, maintenance personnel and firefighters.  Click here to see a short visual explaining how.

The SolarEdge technology provides many others benefits including individual panel monitoring, potential increased generation especially in shaded systems as well as market leading efficiency from their HD Wave inverter technology & market leading warranties.

For more information call 01789 262411.

Tesla PowerWall 2 installations begin Warwickshire, Midlands

So June has been a very busy & exciting month with the arrival of the Tesla PowerWall 2. Stock began to arrive in the first week and we have now installed a number of home energy storage systems.

Clients who have had the units have reported days when they are now not buying electricity. Their Solar PV systems generate during the day powering their houses with any surplus electricity being stored on their Tesla battery. Then when the Solar PV energy begins to reduce their battery takes over allowing their homes to be powered by sunshine 24 hours a day.

Here are some key points which make it the leading battery:

  • Only Manufacturer to have an active cooling system. This will ensure your battery is operating at its peak performance whilst extending the life.
  • Floor and Wall Mounted
  • Flexible installation location Indoor or Outdoor
  • 5KW continuous Charge and Discharge ability from its own built in Battery inverter.
  • AC Coupled so capable of retrofit to any home with a PV installation.
  • Large 13.5kWh capacity to take advantage of Grid charging in the future without affecting the FIT payments. Maximum use of solar consumption in summer and capacity to buy from Time of use tariffs in the winter.
  • Scalable, Up to 10 Powerwall’s can be connected to a single Gateway giving a huge 135KWh of storage and 50KW of power from a relatively small space
  • Simple, Market Leading Warranty leaving you with 80% of its original output after 10 Years
  • Future Proof product, Always Connected giving you free over the air updates such as Time Of Use charge and discharge
  • Tesla Experience is unparalleled

 If you wish to add energy storage to your Solar PV system then please call 01789 262411. We currently have stock available due in later this month.

First Tesla PowerWall 2 arrives in Warwickshire & Midlands

The first Tesla PowerWall 2 battery systems have arrived in Warwickshire this week. Offering 13.5kWh of energy storage that can be installed with new systems or added to any existing Solar PV system.

Here are some key points which make it the leading battery:

  • Only Manufacturer to have an active cooling system. This will ensure your battery is operating at its peak performance whilst extending the life.
  • Floor and Wall Mounted
  • Flexible installation location Indoor or Outdoor
  • 5KW continuous Charge and Discharge ability from its own built in Battery inverter.
  • AC Coupled so capable of retrofit to any home with a PV installation.
  • Large 13.5kWh capacity to take advantage of Grid charging in the future without affecting the FIT payments. Maximum use of solar consumption in summer and capacity to buy from Time of use tariffs in the winter.
  • Scalable, Up to 10 Powerwall’s can be connected to a single Gateway giving a huge 135KWh of storage and 50KW of power from a relatively small space
  • Simple, Market Leading Warranty leaving you with 80% of its original output after 10 Years
  • Future Proof product, Always Connected giving you free over the air updates such as Time Of Use charge and discharge
  • Tesla Experience is unparalleled

 If you wish to add energy storage to your Solar PV system then please call 01789 262411. We currently still have availability of our first stock order.

Tesla PowerWall 2 in stock

Our first installations of the new Tesla PowerWall 2 energy storage system have been scheduled for June across Warwickshire & the Midlands.

Here are some key points which make it the leading battery:

  • Only Manufacturer to have an active cooling system. This will ensure your battery is operating at its peak performance whilst extending the life.
  • Floor and Wall Mounted
  • Flexible installation location Indoor or Outdoor
  • 5KW continuous Charge and Discharge ability from its own built in Battery inverter.
  • AC Coupled so capable of retrofit to any home with a PV installation.
  • Large 13.5kWh capacity to take advantage of Grid charging in the future without affecting the FIT payments. Maximum use of solar consumption in summer and capacity to buy from Time of use tariffs in the winter.
  • Scalable, Up to 10 Powerwall’s can be connected to a single Gateway giving a huge 135KWh of storage and 50KW of power from a relatively small space
  • Simple, Market Leading Warranty leaving you with 80% of its original output after 10 Years
  • Future Proof product, Always Connected giving you free over the air updates such as Time Of Use charge and discharge
  • Tesla Experience is unparalleled

 If you wish to add energy storage to your Solar PV system then please call 01789 262411. We currently still have availability of our first stock order.

Stratford Energy on the BBC

Electric Nation, a project we are currently working on was featured on the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Breakfast Show with Trish Adudu on Monday 8 May.

One of our directors, Jason Savidge, was interviewed as part of the programme. Jason explained how free smart chargers are available for electric vehicle owners as part of the Electric Nation project. As numbers of electric vehicles continue to rise, and owners in a local area charge them simultaneously at peak times, there may be greater impact on some local electricity networks in Britain. The Electric Nation project is trialling a solution to this challenge through the use of smart chargers and demand management as a solution to allow the number of electric vehicles to continue growing in the UK.

You can listen to the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Breakfast Show by clicking here for up to 30 days. Timed slots are at 1.09, 1.42 & 2.09.

If you are buying a plug in hybrid or fully electric car contact us to discuss how you can become part of the project on 01789 262411.