With more of us working hard to achieve environmental justice, it’s safe to say climate battles are certainly being won across the globe, and over the past few years we have witnessed some of the most monumental movements.
Initiating back to 2018, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg proposed school strikes around the world, encouraging millions of young adults to stand for better change. We’ve also seen some of the largest companies like Google, Apple and John Lewis recently announced their plans to go 100% green, pushing governments as well as their delivery, utility and IT sector to increase their renewable energy operations.
All of this is proof that sustainability is on the up and if you haven’t heard the latest news from the National Grid, back in July this year, reports stated that Britain’s action towards climate change will soon make us a carbon negative country by 2033. This is only thirteen years from now! What’s even more positive is that the National Grid expects a boom in renewable energy products, which is extremely encouraging for our green energy industry and we appreciate the National Grid’s extensive efforts to hit Britain’s 2050 climate targets.
For your consideration, we have put together some bullet points to keep you up to date with the UK’s mission to create a zero-carbon future. According to new research by the National Grid ESO:
- The electricity network operator set out its vision for an “emissions negative” grid that would include 30 million electric vehicles on UK roads, and 8 million heat pumps used to replace gas boilers in energy-efficient homes.
- The National Grid expects at least 3 gigawatts of new wind power capacity and 1.4 gigawatts of solar generation every year from now until 2050, alongside a widespread roll-out of electric vehicles.
- Persistent natural-gas use will be halved by 2038.
- As well, they anticipate the distribution of bioenergy which could lead to negative emissions in the power sector by 2033. (Bioenergy refers to electricity and gas that is generated from organic matter, known as biomass. This can be anything from plants and timber to agricultural and food waste – and even sewage).
Green energy systems are set to change and develop in the decades ahead and as we transition into this low carbon future, SolarCentric vow to continue to preserve our planet, guarantee quality energy products and create an informative platform to educate and inspire others to pursue cleaner energy.
With this positive and encouraging news, we’re certainly on our way to becoming a more renewable-fuelled world.
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Whether you’re budding your knowledge on everything green or already a strong climate advocate, you will have ventured the idea or began to invest in renewable energy. However, you may not have considered all the elements. Do you know what products to invest in and if you’re controlling your energy management efficiently within your home or business?
SolarCentric’s partnership with SolarEdge is a great advantage for clients when looking to control energy management because they have become a real contender for those considering future integration of different products.
SolarEdge’s extensive range of products:
1. When increasing the output of a solar system, SolarEdge use their patented power optimiser technology which can be retrofitted or integrated to the solar panel with each panel individually wired to increase solar generation from the system. If you suffer from an underperforming panel you can rely on the market-leading monitoring platform which is free of charge by SolarEdge.
2. The app-based monitoring platform allows you to see your panels output on an individual panel basis, giving you additional peace of mind because you can allow remote access to your installer.
3. The SolarEdge immersion switch is another great alternative, as this product diverts all additional electricity to the hot water tank.
4. It’s also worth examining the cutting edge EV chargers which enables the charge of EVs directly from the inverter. A great option for those who don’t have EV but want to maximise their excess solar electricity.
Overall, our beneficial connection can ensure clients are getting the most out of their green energy, which is our entire objective. The high-point for SolarEdge is their significant safety features and industry-leading warranties. All of which is adding to their growing popularity with homeowners, councils, housing associations and businesses alike. A great investment for anyone buying solar with the future in mind.
Electric vehicles are a key subsequent to transport systems and SolarCentric’s green enthusiast and Sales Director, John Bloomfield, made what he considered an easy decision when finally switching to an EV. Before undertaking an EV, John addressed several areas for consideration: the range, infrastructure and the amount of available support for breakdowns and fast chargers. John’s experience speaks volumes on how much EV has evolved and developed over the years:
What were your initial steps before investing in an EV?
John: In order to progress my decision, I first of all created a spreadsheet to determine running costs and how this matched my available budget. Initially I was surprised at all the costs involved when it came to an EV.
I soon discovered that these expenses were outweighed by cheaper running costs. For example; in my diesel car, fuel will cost roughly £80 and would get me 500 miles, whereas 500 miles in an EV would cost me a predicted £9.38 when charged overnight using Octopus GO 5p a kilowatt. Even at the more expensive day rate of 15p per kilowatt, my total came to around £28.14, it was then effortless to switch to EV.
In regard to cheaper fuel costs, EVs have very few moving parts, therefore, require a lot less servicing, and another advantage for EVs is that they come with multiple tax benefits. At the time of my switch, the government had just expanded Salary Sacrifice for employees considering EVs. This is a great scheme which enables you to lease an EV and pay for it out of your salary before tax, saving you and your employer money. Since then, the government have announced 0% BIK (Benefit in Kind) on EVs.
Now that you have invested in your EV, have you noticed any other qualities along the way?
John: Having convinced myself that an EV was affordable I proceeded to order my new Tesla, taking advantage of the Salary Sacrifice scheme with the knowledge that owning a car this expensive would now be possible within my budget due to the savings on tax, fuel and services. Once I owned and started driving my EV I discovered that the tyres also lasted longer, and the predicted fuel savings were in fact better because there are plenty of places that have free EV charging points; including hotels, pubs, restaurants and public car parks.
I have now been an EV owner for 18 months and I have travelled just short of 50,000 miles, I am very pleased to report, all the financial predictions have proved accurate, and due to the amount of places you can charge for free, I have definitely underspent on charging. I have found that I use fast charging facilities a lot less than I anticipated, and I charge overnight at home when my travel is only to my office. Often, I travel more than 200 miles in a day and occasionally I need to charge while traveling between sites. To make better use of my time while charging, I’ll grab a coffee and catch up on emails.
Once you settle into life as an EV driver, you soon realise that standing at the pump is inconvenient and, in my opinion, a very unsatisfying way to spend your money.
To summarise, I am very happy with my decision to switch to an EV and even though there is a necessary element of planning before starting a journey, the infrastructure and technology surrounding EVs is improving rapidly and it’s great that there are mobile apps that show locations for chargers.