Agricultural Solar PV

COVID-19 update – Solar & EV Charger installations re-commence with revised working methods

As a responsible business we have always been focussed on the Health & Safety of our staff and customers. We have closely followed the COVID-19 Government guidelines suspending all installation work on the 24th March.

Over the last 2 weeks we have communicated with our clients on their thoughts on our return to installing and following last night’s announcement by the Prime Minister we began a phased return to work today.

Our working methods have been updated to ensure the safety of both staff and customers with careful consideration for each individual project discussing any requirements with home & business owners.

We continue to run all administration functions of the business as normal with skeleton staff working in the office and others at home.

All unnecessary visits including initial site surveys will continue to be virtual with the use of Google Earth and video conferencing such as Zoom or MS Teams. Now maybe an ideal time whilst at home to discuss opportunities for Solar, Energy Storage or EV Charging.

In the meantime, we thank our customers & staff for your support and understanding during this difficult time. Our thoughts are also with anyone directly affected by the virus and our amazing NHS workers.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us either by calling 01789 262411 or emailing info@stratfordenergy.co.uk.

How Solar Can Play a Role in the Recovery After COVID-19 & Ensure a Greener Future

COVID-19 has & will continue to have a massive impact on individuals, businesses & the economy. The current focus remains on alleviating the significant health concerns accompanying this pandemic and businesses grapple to adapt to the new culture of social distancing, economic hardship and reduced workforce. However, at the same time efforts to boost the economy can start with an emphasis towards sustainability. As communities wait on the country to transition into recovery, Stratford Energy Solutions can help with this drive to a greener future.

Solar Energy Fights Climate Change – While the world experiences the current health COVID-19 crisis, Climate Change is another global crisis that needs to be faced. As a clean technology solution, Solar can help reduce the amount of pollution released into the atmosphere. Each solar system installed can take us a step closer to preventing Climate Change.

Solar Power is Cost-EffectiveSolar has become increasingly affordable throughout the years for both home and business owners looking to save with an alternative energy source. As continued advancements in Solar technology increase efficiency, homeowners can generate more power at a lower cost. For businesses & community buildings we can offer systems with no capital expenditure or lease agreements to avoid large investment but still allowing long terms energy cost reductions.

Solar creates jobs – as Stratford Energy Solutions continue to expand, along with other Solar installers we will increase our teams & employ more people.

If you wish to discuss Solar for your home, business or community building please contact us by clicking here

We can offer advice, carry out desktop surveys & arrange virtual meetings to discuss our proposals.


Record Solar outputs help UK to reach longest coal-free period since pre-industrial times

Maximised levels of solar generation have ensured the delivery of a new coal-free record period for the grid. Coal power plants have been offline since 00:00 on Friday 10 April 2020, and since then the UK has seen more than 1 terawatt hour of solar power put on the grid in that period – enough to boil water for over 25 billion cups of tea or drive 6.7 billion kilometres in a Nissan Leaf.

Last week’s bumper generation levels delivered over 11% of UK electricity demand and set both a new daily peak generation record of 9.68GW at 12:30 on Monday 20 April 2020, and weekly generation record at 485.41GWh.

We can all contribute to this cleaner living by reducing energy usage & generating your own. If you are interested in joining the Solar Revolution contact us today by clicking here to arrange a virtual meeting.


Stratford Energy #stayathome

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night & to keep our customers & employees safe we have suspended all installations

Our sales team are remote working so please continue to contact us by clicking here or email info@stratfordenergy.co.uk

#stayathome #staysafe #solutionriseseveryday

SunPower Maxeon 3 400w Solar panels in stock

When considering Solar your choice of panel matters.

Maximise your savings and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with the Solar industry’s top durability, reliability and highest efficiency panel all backed by the industry-leading warranty.

SunPower‘s record-setting Maxeon technology ensures that you have the very best Solar for your home or business.

We have in stock both 400w & 375w “all black” ready to be installed.

If you wish to find out more click here.

Smart Export Guarantee for Solar launches

Launched on the 1st January 2020 the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) means large energy suppliers will be obligated to offer a tariff for small-scale solar power exports, which should help to sweeten the deal for new solar owners, who will also benefit from lower energy bills.

Electricity suppliers which have more than 150,000 customers will be required to offer at least one tariff for power exported to the grid from renewables smaller than 5MW, though smaller suppliers are not excluded from offering tariffs too. Households that have had solar PV installed since 1st April 2019 will have the choice of over 14 suppliers.

The SEG replaces the Export Tariff, which was scrapped in April 2019 along with the Generation Tariff under the government’s Feed-In Tariff scheme.

In order to be eligible for the SEG, the solar installation must be certified by an approved scheme, such as the Microgeneration Certification Scheme & households and organisations will also require a smart meter in order to take accurate export readings.

Suppliers will be required to offer tariffs with rates above 0p/kWh. The STA, as part of its #Fair4Solar campaign, called on government to guarantee a fair rate for small-scale solar power exports, and will be keeping a close eye on the market. As will Ofgem, which is tasked with monitoring competitiveness and intervening should this fail to materialise. 

For the latest league table click here

Our recommendation is Octopus Energy who have their Agile (variable rate) or Outgoing (fixed rate currently 5.5p/kWh). Click here to sign up.

SunPower Maxeon 3 400w Solar Panels in stock January 2020

The world’s highest efficiency Solar Panel is in stock in January.

SunPower’s Maxeon 3 400w panel offers high generation for both residential & commercial roofs. 4kWp can be achieved from just over 17.5sqm of roof area.

These market leading modules with warrantied output of 92% at 25years will give the most long-term energy in the Solar industry – up to 60% more energy in the same space over 25 years.

This is all backed by the industry leading Warranty – 25years for Product, Performance & Service.

If you are looking to invest in Solar in 2020 contact us to discuss your requirements.

Stratford Energy at FullyChargedLive – Silverstone

On the 9th & 10th June come join us at the Electric Vehicle & Renewable Energy event of the year!

Choose from dozens of visitor attractions, 18 live sessions, lots of exciting exhibitors and >50 electric vehicles at Robert Llewellyn’s Fully Charged LIVE, the exhibition of the hit YouTube show (FullyChargedShow.co.uk)

Visitor Attractions:

• Grand Opening, Grand Closing: Win a £1,000 in our daily prize draw courtesy of myenergi.

• Ask the Expert: The Renewable Energy Association, Chargemaster, Drive Electric & Hyperion Executive Search are on hand to answer all of your questions.

• Every Electric Vehicle available in the UK: There will be 50+ electric vehicles on-site including the new Nissan Leaf and the hotly-anticipated Jaguar I-PACE.

• An array of the best Renewable Technologies: Whether you want solar or batteries, heat pumps or vehicle-to-grid chargers, it’ll all be on display.

• And a selection of Technologies ‘as seen on screen’: If you’ve seen it on Fully Charged, chances are it will be at the Silverstone Wing for your enjoyment.

• The Hospitality Zone: Food & Drink aplenty will be on offer, as well as interactive entertainment from the Racing Bug for big kids of all ages.

• The Pit Garage & The Paddock: We couldn’t squeeze all of the organic goodness of Fully Charged in the Silverstone Wing , so there’s even more ‘under the hood’.

• Eighteen Live Sessions: A carefully curated series of conversations where the Fully Charged hosts (Robert Llewellyn, Channel 4’s Scrapheap Challenge; Jonny Smith, Channel 5’s Fifth Gear; Helen Czerski, BBC’s Ice and Fire) and expert panellists take on the hottest topics.

This eventbrite page is for VIP invites only, to buy tickets or for further information click here

Solar Power sets new generation record

The UK’s solar capacity set a new generation record earlier this month, almost a year to the day it achieved the same feat in 2017.

Data compiled by PV Live and verified by National Grid show that PV generation peaked at 9.42GW from 11:30 AM on Monday 14 May, edging just past the previous record of 9.37GW set almost a year ago.

These record-setting periods also saw solar provide 25% of the country’s entire demand, the second largest power source at that time of day. Combined with wind (10%) and nuclear (18%), low-carbon sources made up more than half of the UK’s entire energy demand around midday.

And the record caps off what has been a highly productive period for the UK’s renewables fleet. Solar PV has regularly contributed upwards of 25% of the UK’s power supply around the midday peak in recent weeks, and the early May bank holiday spell saw PV become the dominant energy source for a total of six full hours over the weekend.

Far from being an overarching issue for National Grid, the transmission system operator has repeatedly asserted that it has the tools at its disposal to cope with such periods of significant solar generation.

Whether for how or work Solar Power can help reduce costs. Contact us by clicking here for no obligation advice.

Benefits of SolarEdge upgrades

SolarEdge upgrades are so often associated with mis-selling by the “call centre” solar sellers. Often their approach is “your installer has gone out of business”, “we are working on behalf of MCS”, “your system is out of warranty” amongst others. However there are many occasions when these upgrades are justified.

We recently carried one out replacing a faulty 6yr old single tracker string inverter on 3 roofs & it is already paying dividends for the client.

The client saw the benefit of a fully optimised system but without the panel level monitoring it would have taken some time before the diode failure of a panel would have been discovered. A week in & it was obvious something was wrong from the layout with one unshaded panel being the worst performer. By analysing the voltage of each panel we can be sure there is a panel issue. The client identified early on with minimal system generation loss & option to swap just one panel.

SolarEdge also offers full energy monitoring of your property, panel level DC shutdown & long warranties.

Contact us to discuss further.