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Greenest Ever Year for GB Electricity Generation 2017

According to the National Grid figures, reported by WWF recently, the GB electricity was the “greenest” ever.

For the first time, wind, nuclear and solar power generated more than gas and coal combined in June last year breaking 13 clean energy records. Since 2012, Britain has halved it’s carbon emissions and is now the 4th cleanest power system in Europe and the 7th Worldwide.

Despite this carbon emissions for 2017, which averaged 275g/kWh, were still someway from the 2030 target of 100g/kWh. Further data can be found at MyGridGB

There are many ways we can impact our carbon footprints at home & at work from simple things like turning off lights, controlling heating systems, insulating our properties to investing in renewable energy & electric cars.

Stratford Energy can help with integrating renewable energy such as Solar Panels, energy storage & EV charging as well as LED lighting.

Christmas Opening Hours

The Stratford Energy Solutions office is closed from 5pm Wednesday 20th December & reopens 9am Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

You can still speak to someone by calling 01789 262411.

We wish all our clients a Merry Christmas & Sunny New Year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”

Shortlisted – Residential PV – Solar Power Portal Awards 2016

One of our recent projects has been shortlisted for Residential PV project of the year at the Solar Power Portal Awards 2016 to be held on the 5th October 2016.

The systems uses high performance SunPower X-Series “all black” Solar Panels with individual optimisation delivered by SolarEdge. Although the system is a retrofit installation, added to the house, it does not detract from the looks. 


To help make the house more sustainable the immersion heater is linked to the Solar to use surplus Solar-generated electricity to heat hot water.


To read more click here

Golf Clubs & Hotels join Tesla Destination Charging Warwickshire

Hotels, Golf Clubs & other such sites can attract Tesla drivers to their properties by joining the Destination Charging Network. Qualified sites will receive their first two Wall Connectors free of charge as long as they are installed in visible or convenient locations.

As a Certified Tesla Installer we can install the units for you.

Either follow the linkor contact us to discuss further – 01789 262411.