A new programme aimed at helping fuel poor households reduce energy bills is being trialled in London.
Camden Council, Islington Council and Waltham Forest Council have joined forces for the ‘24/7 Solar’ project, part-funded by National Energy Action.
It will test the potential benefits of storing daytime electricity generated by solar panels to supplement the household’s evening use.
This will provide evidence as to whether the technologies can effectively reduce the energy bills of those householders in or at risk of fuel poverty.
The solar panels, ranging from 1.62KW to 3.78KW are being tested with three different battery types to compare performance during the lifetime of the project.
Data will be gathered and all three battery storage technologies – Maslow, Growatt, Sonnen – will be assessed on installation, reliability and savings generated.
Findings will also indicate to what extent householders will adapt their behaviour to use stored electricity during the peak 4pm to 8pm period.
Councillor Meric Apak, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Environment said: “Solar plus storage is of huge interest to Camden Council. Fuel poverty is a very serious issue, blighting people of all ages and circumstances nationwide and storing solar energy can be one of the methods to offer our tenants significant savings to help reduce this burden.
“This technique helps meet our Green Action for Change environmental targets by actively reducing the carbon footprint across our housing stock.”