New research on smart homes reveals the positive impacts of smart energy technologies in the home. The research was undertaken by Loughborough University in partnership with the Solar Trade Association and Advance Further Energy.
The Smart Solar Homes report highlights the benefits of solar and smart storage systems for both consumers and their households as well as the system-wide benefits. It is believed that if smart homes are scaled up to 4.4 million, then these smart solar homes would eliminate the evening peak demand on a typical winter’s day, providing 12GW of energy storage capacity, which would offer approximately 40GWh of system balancing dispatch. 
These smart homes with smart storage systems could provide additional flexibility services to the grid without affecting their self-consumption and peak shaving ability. By flattening the spikes in demand for electricity, the system has a chance to balance without the need for costly reinforcements.
Other positive impacts revealed in the report are peak shaving, carbon reductions, bill savings, and improved system resilience.
Dr Philip Leicester, Research Fellow at the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) at Loughborough University said:
“This report demonstrates the impact that detailed modelling and simulation research can have on the development of sound, evidence-based policy and investment decision making. Our work shows that domestic PV in combination with electrical energy storage offers significant benefits in addition to higher household PV self-consumption. These include system flexibility services, such as management of year-round peak electricity system demand.”
Karl Hicks, Chair of Larkfleet Group said:
“The future demands we look again at our energy system, including how and where we consume and generate our energy. Clearly, generation ought to happen closer to the point of consumption, to allow the wider network to cope with accelerating demand for cleaner electricity. This report highlights the important role that smart homes can play in supporting decarbonisation and the transition to a smarter, flexible grid.”
Ciarán Harkin, Managing Director of QASSS, who manages the HIES Scheme commented on the report:
“With the target to be net-zero by 2050 it is now more important than ever to start making changes and embrace smart home technology. The accessibility of renewable energy now gives us a great opportunity to make more sustainable homes for the future whilst greatly impacting the environment and helping us to hit the UK target.”