The Green Business Programme supports businesses with fewer than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire who want to save money on energy, waste and water bills and maximise low carbon opportunities.
Energy and resource efficiency grants of £1,000-£50,000 (with 40% intervention) are available for:
Renewable technologies including Solar PV
Lighting – LED, controls, sensors
Heating – replacement boilers/burners, upgrades – electric to gas, zone control, heat recovery, oil to gas, thermal stores,
Ventilation – fans, distribution
Recycling and waste – compactors, balers and crushers
Funding applications will be assessed with a value for money calculation based on the carbon saving and value of the grant.
Currently a company called iChooser are promoting Solar Together – Warwickshire. This is a group buying project promoted with Warwickshire County Council advertising “better offers together” for Solar PV panels and Battery Storage.
As a company we are really pleased to see the promotion of Solar with Batteries, as they are both technologies that we are very much involved with and have been the focus of our business for over 10 years. With energy, climate change and the challenging last months of COVID, Solar does work very well for home owners especially those working from home.
The reason for the post is we were approached to be one of the installation companies and being based in Stratford-upon-Avon we are ideally situated to service the Warwickshire area. However, the whole auction process did not sit well with us and we do have concerns that customers may not always get the most suitable system or the saving they were expecting, so with this in mind we chose not to participate. The scheme works by approaching home owners that by buying together the cost of Solar will be brought down, which in truth it will. However, once the group of homeowners is formed installers, who will probably not be local, then have the opportunity to bid for the work, which by its very nature means they will have to provide the lowest cost system.
Whilst on face value this seems a great thing we would suggest getting a second opinion. The RECC, the Renewable Energy Consumer Code which we are members of and have been for over 10 years recommend that homeowners get at least 3 quotes.
So do you join in with Solar Together????
Our answer is yes!!!!
But, we would suggest once you have a proposal then give us a call to get a second opinion.
In no way are we here to knock the project, but do make sure you seek good experienced local advice from a company who has been involved in this industry for over 10 years.
Join Tesla Energy Plan – lowest fixed rate of electricity in the UK
By joining the Tesla Energy Plan you get to enjoy the lowest flat rate of electricity in the UK – 8-11p/kWh.
To participate you need to have Solar Panels & a Tesla Powerwall installed at your home. If you have Solar already then you only need to add a Powerwall, For information on either or both, then do contact us to discuss the benefits of Solar & Energy Storage.
Powerwall stores surplus Solar generated energy to use any time, can charge from the grid & provides back up power during power cuts.
With the Tesla Energy plan, using your solar and Powerwall, you generate, store and return clean energy to the community during peak times.
By joining the UK Tesla Virtual Power Plant, you’ll save up to 75% on your energy bills compared to the Big 6 energy providers.
The Tesla Energy Plan is administered by Octopus Energy & offers a flat import rate of £0.08-0.11/kWh – the lowest single rate tariff available in the market (as of October 2020) and a flat export rate of £0.08-0.11/kWh for any electricity you export.
Tesla Powerwall Performance Excellence Award
We recently enjoyed a surprise visit to our office from Jerry Hamilton the UK Channel Manager for Tesla Powerwall.
He presented our director during a socially distanced meeting the 2020 Q2 Performance Excellence Award for continued support & promotion of the Tesla Powerwall brand.
The Powerwall provides unrivalled storage, performance & aesthetics which is why Stratford Energy Solutions are proud to work with the market leading brand not only for Energy Storage but also for Vehicle Charging.
If you wish to discuss the benefits of batteries for your home or business then please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.
Tesla PowerWall Storm Watch
Earlier this week, in anticipation of high winds from Storm Francis, Tesla turned on Storm Watch on UK installed Powerwalls with backup capability.
For all UK PowerWall customers with a Gateway 2 installed the battery has a function called Storm Watch. When a storm is on the way the function is activated automatically charging the battery to full capacity and then maintaining it at 100% in anticipation of a power cut. Once the storm passes the function will turn off and the battery returns to its preset function of using Solar or off-peak energy to charge.
Owners will be notified via their smart phones, and the Tesla app, that the battery has entered Storm Watch and have the option to override.
If PowerWall switches to backup mode because of a power cut the process will be instant & seamless with no interruption to the electricity supply & again the first a homeowner will know about it is a notification via the app.
1: Survey: We’ll get in touch to arrange a home visit or desktop survey assessment to create a proposal tailored to your home. During the assessment, you will be presented with details of the panels, optimised inverter system & options for energy storage. 2️ Installation: We will take care of the heavy work organising scaffold, local network connection permission & all parts of the installation. Your photovoltaic system will be designed to maximize power and efficiency with innovative photovoltaic panels. 3️ Activation: At the end of the work, a thorough inspection is conducted and you will be provided with a monitoring portal that details Solar generation, household energy usage and reporting on the savings you are making. We will also provide a detailed handover folder to include specification of main components, certification, warranties and the option to join our referral scheme.
All you have to do is enjoy your savings in your future energy bills and maybe make our experienced engineers a cup of tea!!!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
#stayathome #staysafe #solutionriseseveryday
Tesla activates “Storm Watch” on Powerwalls
Tesla’s ‘Storm Watch’ was activated for ‘hundreds’ of Powerwall owners who have the Gateway 2 in preparation for Storm Ciara.
Tesla describes the feature:
When a storm or severe weather is on the horizon, increasing the likelihood of a utility power outage, Powerwall triggers Storm Watch. This mode automatically charges Powerwall to maximum capacity so it can provide backup power.
The Tesla app notifies customers that Powerwall has activated Storm Watch. The mode remains active until the weather event ends, at which time the system returns to its previously selected mode. It is possible to disable this mode by going to the Tesla app, selecting ‘Customize’ and then ‘Storm Watch.’”
Tesla decides when to activate Storm Watch and push it to Powerwall owners, but they can opt out of the program if they are not worried about the weather, or the possibility of losing power, and they want their home battery pack to keep cycling like it normally does.
For more information on Tesla Powerwall contact us by clicking here
Tesla Powerwall has 3 key modes
The Tesla Powerwall 2 has 3 modes; a battery to store surplus Solar generated Electricity, Time of Use Charging & Back Up Power.
Increase self-consumption of solar power generation:Powerwall can store surplus solar energy during daylight hours and use that energy later in the evening when the sun is not shining.
Time of Use/Load shifting:Powerwall can charge during low rate periods when demand for electricity is lower and discharge during more expensive rate periods when electricity demand is higher.
Back-up power:In the event of a grid outage, Backup Gateway is now available to ensure your Powerwall continues to power your home or select circuits. Backup Gateway will also ensure your Solar PV system continues to generate energy during a power cut.