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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. 

Tesla Powerwall 2 due in stock June

We are excited to announce that today we have been advised we will receive delivery of the first Tesla Powerwall 2 energy storage systems during the first week of June.

The Tesla Powerwall 2 is a fully-integrated AC battery system for residential or light commercial use. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack provides energy storage for solar self-consumption, load shifting and backup power.

Powerwall’s electrical interface provides a simple connection to any home or building. Its revolutionary compact design achieves market-leading energy density and is easy to install, enabling owners to quickly realise the benefits of reliable, clean power.

For more information or to reserve yours’ call 01789 262411.

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.