Power cuts in the UK can be caused by a lot of different things, and rural areas with overhead grid lines through dense vegetation are more prone to outages. Whether it is caused by acts of nature; voltage dips and short power cuts, we know that experiencing blackout electricity can be difficult, especially for those working remotely during Covid-19.
What causes power cuts?
At the moment, we are putting a lot more pressure on the National Grid, due to electrification of heating and electric cars, therefore, with the change in electricity demand, it is creating an increase in power cuts.
To reduce National Grid strain, clean energy is key when it comes to combating energy power cuts in your area! It is more important than ever to ensure your energy is reliable and most importantly, sustainable.
If you already own solar panels and a sonnen eco 9.53 battery storage, you can compliment your system with a sonnenProtect 2500 and if you have the sonnen SB10 battery, you can have sonnenProtect 4000. Not only will it help keep your lights on in the event of a power cut, but it can anticipate any potential power cuts. Also, when a grid failure is detected, the sonnenProtect takes a moment to switch over to island mode and this is designed to keep your sonnenBatterie and solar panels running without any problems.
While you’ll be able to run many appliances during electricity power cuts, it is important to know that the sonnenProtect has a 2.5kW limit. Therefore, during a blackout scenario, you’ll be able to run items such as:
- Fridge or freezer
- Chargers for handheld devices
- Fans and portable evaporative coolers
It is clear to see that renewable technology is developing all the time, so we must take advantage of it! When you reduce your reliance on the Grid, you’re more in control of your own power, your money and your families future. However, if you do not own a sustainable energy system yet, you can contact us!
We will make sure to break down the product information so that it is 100% straightforward and we can ensure you come away with a better understanding of the entire system and how it can benefit you.
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We have certainly seen a shift in culture, the world is now becoming more renewably charged and according to a BBC article on why 2021 could be a turning point to tackle climate change, the falling cost of renewables and the growing public pressure for climate justice is fortunately transforming attitudes, with more businesses going green.
Why Businesses Should Go Green?
More organisations see ‘greening processes‘ as high priority, and are rightly implementing such strategies to secure tax incentives for businesses going green, to reduce, use more recycled materials, cut out unnecessary waste and trim down operation costs at the same time – which is always good business sense.
However, greentailing your work environment can seem an overwhelming task for any business, big or small because it’s difficult to know where to start. Therefore, we’ve created four top tips for employers to create a green business scheme. By offering new green products or services will establish to investors, staff and customers that you’re committed to doing better. It is a sound investment and it doesn’t have to crazy and expensive, we offer a quick guide on how you can make your business more sustainable:
An Eco-Friendly Business Plan
Provide Sustainable Products:
This can become an extremely long list, (an exciting revelation) but remember you don’t have to purchase every green product on the shelf. Create a simple list for your employees and another for work functions. Here’s how you can separate the two and encourage your work force to think more about their carbon footprint:
- Eliminate plastic bottles and harmful cleaning products
- Provide a confidential recycling waste bin
- Use recycling bins in your canteen and office space
- Sustainable work stationary
- Install solar panels
- Upgrade existing solar array
- Reduce or eliminate petrol and diesel company cars with electric vehicles
- Encourage staff to switch to EVs by providing EV Charge Points
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Do Business with Green Venders:
If you’re looking to outsource more eco-friendly materials and products, align your business with companies that are ethically resourceful.
Bringing communities together and giving back is always a great way to represent your company and gain a reputable status. People like to see businesses do their bit for their communities, and you could really make a difference when you contribute and volunteer. Here are some conservation campaign ideas your company could partake in:
- Beach and river clean ups in your local area
- Planting trees and making donations
- Sports challenges to raise money and awareness
- Green investments/collaborations and sponsorships
Engaging with employees creates a better working culture, when you take time out to hear your employees’ ideas and concerns it creates a more inclusive and effective working environment. Run monthly or quarterly green meetings throughout the year and create goals and celebrate successes! Many successful businesses will know, positive results create greater motivation.
In addition, when employers commit to providing a clear environmental policy, it encourages staff and demonstrates great eco credentials with clients and stakeholders. A strategic plan will also give you and your employees peace of mind, knowing that you’re on course to reducing your carbon footprint.
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The idea of the public driving an electric vehicle over a traditional car seemed a very distant futuristic vision, but it’s happening right now! To establish the acceptance and popularity in EVs, we have created a guide that distinctly highlights EV growth, the convenience of owning an EV and how organisations and expanded infrastructure has definitely helped to support demand.
According to IEA Global EV Outlook 2020 report, 2.1 million electric vehicles were sold globally in 2019, surpassing 2018! The report also mentions that 2020 and 2021 will be the year that we start to see a more diversified menu of EVs, which will certainly push growing demand and create an even greater transition to eliminate and move away from harmful emissions. But it’s not just the general public who want cleaner air, it’s big corporations too such as Waitrose and John Lewis.
They recently announced their plans to end the use of their 4,800 fossil fuel vehicle fleet by 2030 and have also made plans to use 1,700 electric vans for deliveries in 2021. It is said to save an estimated 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. It’s an exciting revelation, especially when taking into consideration the general public’s interest and growing investment into EVs as well.
With this driving demand, the growth of EV charge points has naturally improved too. The latest statistics issued by the Department for Transport suggest that EV charge points have multiplied nearly five times over in the last five years, with 18,265 public EV charging units made available in the UK. The convenience surrounding EVs is becoming quite apparent and we listed some of the positive reasons as to why:
- EV charge points can be installed in your garage or near your drive and depending on your journey, you could simply charge up at home before setting off.
- When it comes to the cost of home charging, it will vary, as it depends on the model of the car and your electricity tariff, but typically, a full charge may cost as little as £3.
- Therefore, your car could cost as little as 2p per mile to run and depending on its size, a home electric charging point can charge your car from flat to full anywhere between 1 and 7 hours, so you can simply just charge overnight.
- There are definitely more accessible charging stations dotted around the UK and to find them, you can just simply download the Zap Maps app.
- After the initial installation, you won’t need to make time to fill up, you can stay at home and save up to £1000 a year on fuel.
These incentives are reasons why EVs are growing in popularity and making the switch to electric easier than ever. The Department for Transportation have also recently proposed to add up to £1,500 to the cost of new petrol and diesel cars as a way to encourage a faster switch to EVs. This “feebate” system is certainly an effective way to drive and secure EV growth.
It is evident that the world is reacting, we are now starting to see a big change in public attitudes towards clean transportation and it is promising to see so much is being done to ensure that EVs remain on the up and the need for fossil fuel powered cars become a thing of the past.
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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