Solar Panels

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.

SunPower X21 350w Solar Panels now available.

The “best” Solar Panel just got “better”. SunPower have just launched their latest Signature Black panel with output increased from 335w to 350w.

This new panel with its premium aesthetics is a class leader.

Key facts:

  • Panel efficiency of 21.5%
  • 350w peak output
  • Warrantied output after 25 years at 92%
  • Product warranty of 25 years

In conclusion, highest output, highest efficiency, highest power warranty with the longest product warranty of any “all black” panel on the market.

We are now taking orders for immediate delivery so please contact us today to discuss further by clicking here

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.

Good looking Solar Panels throughout Warwickshire, Midlands & UK

The subject of Solar Panels can often cause hot debate on the benefits they bring versus their aesthetical value. Working with market leading brands we deliver a range of “good looking Solar” systems using “all black” panels often combined with integrated mounting systems.

We work throughout Warwickshire, The Midlands & UK installing retrofit & new build systems.

If you are interested in the benefits of Solar Panels but always been concerned by the impact on your home then please click here to contact us £ discuss your requirements further.

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.

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.

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.

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.