Rooftop solar PV is a central cog in what’s claimed to be the UK’s first blockchain-powered energy trading network in the UK. Starting early next year, Banister House in Hackney will be home to the country’s first peer-to-peer energy trading network, powered by technology start-up Verv. Verv is to fit 40 houses on the estate with its Verv 2.0 platform, connecting them to communal battery storage units to be supplied by Powervault. These will in turn be connected with the rooftop solar installations deployed by Repowering London in 2015. Totalling more than 100kW, they make up the country’s largest community-owned solar installation on social housing and have helped lift residents from fuel poverty. The pilot project, backed with a £100,000 grant from government, is intended to maximise the residents’ use of on-site generation. Those participating in the trial will be capable of trading energy between each other when necessary.
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