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British Smart Battery System Manufacturer Puredrive Energy Gains Investment

 

Puredrive Energy Ltd, one of the UK’s leading battery storage companies, gains investment from The Maximeyes Group, one of the largest energy consultancy groups in the UK.

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Puredrive Energy’s partnership with The Maximeyes Group, will help fund and support growth of battery storage solutions in the domestic, commercial and off-grid sectors. Puredrive Energy, based in Gloucestershire, is one of the few battery suppliers who design and manufacture in the UK and provide service and support from their UK offices.

Mark Millar, CEO and Co-founder of Puredrive Energy stated:

“The Maximeyes Group are the right partners for us, since they bring the financial investment to further our growth, along with a significant commercial client base which can benefit significantly from battery storage.”

 

The founders of Puredrive Energy have been at the forefront of battery technology for over ten years, with extensive experience in the latest battery solutions, including lithium ion. Puredrive Energy is at the forefront of battery centric energy storage systems.

Puredrive Energy currently sell their battery storage systems in the UK, through Edmundson Electrical, the largest electrical wholesaler in the UK. Puredrive Energy just completed a successful 12-month pilot with Severn Vale Housing Association (now Bromford) attaining their energy saving targets, saving the tenant approximately £400 and demonstrating how their battery system, more than doubled CO2 and energy savings. Puredrive Energy offer a wide range of battery system options from 5kWh to 30kWh, single and three phase for domestic and commercial applications.

Shamir Jiwa, CEO and founder of Maximeyes UK Ltd, comments that “Puredrive Energy provides good synergy with our group of companies, including Optimeyes Energy, with a vision and mission of bringing 1,000s of homes out of fuel poverty, and bringing to both the domestic and commercial market a new, more sustainable energy supply that is more renewable and green. We are committed to promoting integrated, fully funded solutions in partnership with our clients and suppliers where we share the risk to reduce the barriers to installing next generation energy solutions.”


For more information please visit www.puredrive-energy.co.uk

Tel: 01684 851205

Sales: sales@puredrive-energy.co.uk

Technical: paul@puredrive-energy.co.uk 

 

 

 


 

 

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What happens next post Feed-In Tariff (FITs)?

 

On 31st March of this year (2019), the Government Solar PV Feed-In Tariff incentive scheme will come to an end, and as such installers will not be able to access these incentives through registration with Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

Obviously, this a monumental change in the renewable market. At HIES, we feel that this shouldn’t be something to worry installers. This should be seen as an opportunity to work towards achieving higher levels of self-consumption to make their offering attractive to consumers.

This article is to shed some clarity on five key questions that keep occurring in our conversations with our installers.

1. What is going to happen post FITs?

Well, one thing is for certain, there isn't going to be U-Turn on the decision, even if Claire Perry MP (Energy & Clean Growth Minister) did suggest it would be “wrong” to provide solar for free back to the grid.

So please ensure all registrations for FITs are completed by March 31st, 2019.

Perry agreed "that solar power should not be provided to the grid for free" and the government would be working on the next steps for small scale renewables. Those next steps will come in the form of the Smart Export Guarantee.

2. What is the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)?

SEG is the proposed replacement for government-backed Export Tariff. SEG’s focus is to ensure that small-scale generators are remunerated for the electricity they export to the grid.

The guarantee scheme in practice would see a legislative change to ensure all large energy suppliers (250,000+ customers) will have to remunerate small-scale generators for the electricity they export to the grid. In simple terms, energy providers will pay monies for the energy generated. However, there are still some questions unanswered that HIES have fed back in our consultation (SEG Response).

3. If there is no access to FITs, do I need to register with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for Solar and Storage?

To the best of our knowledge, the short answer is no.

According to the Napit website: “You can carry out microgeneration work under CPS alone (e.g. without joining MCS), this would demonstrate your competence and allow self-certification in England and Wales but you would not meet the eligibility requirements for Feed-in-Tariff”
Translating this in a post FITs world and until SEG begins, as MCS is not a government body and nor is it a UKAS accredited certification scheme, we cannot find a reason for you to pay the £30 to register your solar and storage products with MCS. This may change when SEG is introduced.

For access to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), you will still need to comply with MCS requirements. 

4. What should I register post FITs?

At HIES we recommend you continue to register every renewable product with an oversight body for consumer safety. HIES will continue to offer your consumers protection for any financial, legal and insurance issues that occur during the guarantee period.

We also recommend for the safe and controlled deployment of energy saving, generating and storing products and as a simple money-saving alternative to MCS, you use register all installations for free with Flexi-Orb.

HIES has recently joined Flexi-Orb for a complete Solar & Storage Solution (read more here: HIES joins Flexi-Orb). Creating a central data entry registration system for Solar PV, Storage, Inverters and EV Charging Points. Registration and membership to Flexi-Orb will remain free throughout 2019 and provides a quick link to DNO’s, manufacturer’s, certification bodies, consumer codes and IBG providers.

5. What new products should I consider post FITs?

We firmly believe that consumers want to take control of their energy destiny. They want to reduce their energy bills and safeguard themselves from future energy price rises. Solar PV & Energy Storage combinations are two leading technologies that achieve those aims.

 

 


 

 

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FIT Tariff >50Kw Deployment Band Has Now Reached Capacity

 

In a weekly report produced by Ofgem with regards to the FIT Deployment Caps, the >50Kw band has risen to 80% capacity. The result shows a 25% increase from the previous weeks 55%, showing a drastic 25% increase as the FIT Tariff draws to a close on April 1st.


The news will come as no surprise to those installing these systems as there has been a growing rise towards the cap over the previous few months, as installers look to fit as many systems as possible prior to the FIT tariff closing. However, the information does show that the >50Kw band is under pressure.

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Fig 1: The ’TP1 2019 Deployment ‘chart shows which caps have been filled in this quarter (red) and those that are still open (blue).

 

Along with other bodies representing the Solar Industry, such as the Solar Trade Association, we have requested more frequent updates from Ofgem to limit the risk of the capacity bands being filled to planned installations.

A spokesperson for Ofgem commented:

“It is worth noting that although these figures were published Friday (15th March), they represent the caps as of midnight on Tuesday (12th March), so there have been 3 more working days for people to apply and therefore contribute to the cap.
We are not planning on publishing more frequent updates. It is for generators and installers to negotiate the risk associated with closure, and Ofgem cannot offer advice beyond clearly stating the rules in our guidance.”

 

Adrian Simpson, Director of Policy, at HIES commented:

‘’Although this does not affect domestic installations (under 10Kw), which continue to perform at well beneath the caps, we are concerned that there is a very real possibility that businesses that have had Solar PV systems installed in this sector of the market will learn that they will not receive the tariffs promised long after those installations have taken place. The publicity that may follow this could further damage the market at a crucial time in its evolution. It’s challenging, because the Ofgem information will always be out of date, but we would urge installers in this sector to take a proactive approach in managing client expectations.”

 

 

Important Update

Ofgem this morning published an update to the deployment caps showing the >50KW cap has now been reached.

The information shows that the final installation to quality for the cap occurred on the 13/03, meaning that anything registered after this date will not receive the FiT. Ofgem have previously stated that it is the responsibility of the generator and the installer to manage this process and they will not be in a position to assist in any way.’

 

 


 

 

 

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