The increased deployment and installation of ‘behind the meter’ (BTM) assets will be pivotal in the shift to a decentralised energy system. Rooftop solar (coupled with battery storage assets) in particular, will be vitally important in enabling households’ transition from being ‘consumers’ to ‘prosumers’, revolutionising our relationship with energy. With the electrification of transport set to play a major role in this ‘prosumer revolution’, the deployment of decentralised energy assets such as rooftop solar and batteries will become all the more essential. Energy generated and consumed locally will be necessary for us to bridge the gap created by the increased future demand from EVs, and with that an even greater demand on the grid. Bridging this gap represents a major economic opportunity. From an investment perspective, the deployment and development of rooftop solar and battery assets will require considerable levels of capital. SMEs will be the natural drivers for the future deployment of these assets, as they will be able to facilitate faster growth in deployment, capacity delivery and the development of skills. This will all help to drive a skills agenda that will lead to sustainable new jobs and spur economic growth in the low carbon space.
Solar Power Portal 22nd Nov 2018 read more »
Oxfordshire now has 28 solar-powered schools. Longfields Primary and Nursery School in Bicester now has a ‘beautiful’ array of solar panels installed on its roof which will provide around a third of the school’s energy needs. Over the lifetime of the project, the panels will save approximately 380 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted and save the school about £16,000 in bills. Headteacher Paul Hollidge said: “As a school, we are constantly developing a changing curriculum and in the current world climate our local community and wider environment is a growing and important focus. Longfields is the 28th ‘solar school’ created by Oxford’s Low Carbon group around the county. The schools are one of the projects which members of public are being invited to support by investing in the hub’s latest ‘community share offer’. This scheme gives people across Oxfordshire and beyond a chance to invest in the hub’s various low-carbon energy projects in return for a promised annual return on investment.
Oxford Mail 23rd Nov 2018 read more »