With fuel poverty levels at an all time high, solar plus storage can prove to help significantly with getting energy bills under control. More and more councils are trialing solar plus storage now. It will be interesting to see the results of these trials to see the exact benefits to homeowners. A lot of the benefits will come down to educating and engaging with homeowners so they are better able to manage their electricity consumption in the most efficient way. With the electrification of heating becoming more prevalent, the benefits of solar plus storage will only increase.
The 24/7 Solar project, which is part funded by National Energy Action, is being led by Camden Council working in partnership with Islington and Waltham Forest councils. The scheme is testing the potential benefits of storing daytime electricity generated by solar PV to supplement the householder’s evening use. Using residential batteries from Moixa (32), sonnen (6) and Growatt (3), in combination with solar arrays ranging from 1.62kWp to 3.78kWp, the trial will collate data over a year from across 41 installations to compare performance during the lifetime of the project. The findings will be used to determine if householders adapt their behaviour to utilise stored electricity during peak times. In addition, comparative data will also assess the performance of each brand of battery storage set against key parameters such as installation, reliability and savings generated.