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.
Our recommendation is Octopus Energy who have their Agile (variablerate) 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)
• 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.
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.
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.
Solar PV Upgrades or Replacement Inverters
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 a TESLA PowerWall.
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 both SolarEdge & Tesla certified so even if your system appears to be working let us upgrade it & start increasing your revenue from your Feed-In Tariff.
For more information on SolarEdge click here & to see the StorEdge & Tesla system working click here
Call us now to discuss your upgrade Tel: 01789 262411.
Solar Panel Maintenance
Although Solar PV systems are extremely reliable they still require maintenance. Residential or commercial systems are no different, although down time of larger systems will have greater financial implications.
Regular maintenance can be client led with monitoring of the system, visually checking & potentially annual cleaning of the panels.
We are able to offer a full range of solutions to help maintain and keep your Solar PV system working & producing energy at the optimum level.
If you do not have a current maintenance package in place, your system is out of its workmanship warranty or was installed by A N Other installer we are able to assist. Please call for details – 01789 262411.
Annual Maintenance Package – every system and client has different requirements. Service can include:
Annual cleaning to keep efficiency maximised, especially where bird soiling or atmospheric pollution has degraded the surface of the panel.
Visual inspection of all panels.
Remote monitoring with pro-active alerts.
Module string tests.
Inverter system checks.
Electrical inspection to include cabling, isolator & distribution board.
Generation Meter check.
Energy geberation analysis.
Voltage and current check.
Any faults or potential issues will be highlighted & repaired or corrected if required.
For more information call 01789 262411.
Great time to invest in Solar Panels
Sun is out, interest rates have been cut so it is a great time to invest in Solar Panels.
Whether it is a retrofit, new build or commercial we have all roofs covered.
Worried what they will look like? We use market leading companies with options to integrate to make systems pleasing to the eye.
We install in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds & Nationally.