Solo Energy is to launch a ‘free battery’ business model to UK homeowners after carrying out a pilot in Orkney that saw solar and storage systems deployed on 30 properties to boost self-consumption and overcome grid constraints. The company partnered with sustainable housing developer Orkney Builders in April to carry out the installs at the housing project on the island off the coast of Scotland. The Grainbank project linked sonnen eco battery units to existing solar on 30 households to make better use of the renewable generation throughout the day. These batteries were intended to stop excess solar generation from ‘spilling’ onto the local grid, which is already constrained by high levels of intermittent renewable generation – the Orkney islands produced well above their net demand from local renewable generation in 2017. The storage units also charge from the local grid to utilise this local renewable generation.
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Cost of Solar Panels will fall by 35% in 2018 – Bloomberg. The price of solar panels will fall by 35% this year, according to business advisory service Bloomberg. In Europe, prices have already fallen by 10%; with suppliers and contractors predicting further price falls ahead. Bloomberg base their numbers on vast production over-capacity in Chinese solar factories, following China’s recent decision to reduce financial support schemes for Chinese solar systems. Since China is the world’s largest installer of solar power (installing a staggering 52GW in 2017), this subsidy reduction now means solar manufacturers have vast amounts of stock on their hands – stock that is now feeding out into the global marketplace.
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The largest solar power plant ever proposed in the UK will be reviewed by the secretary of state within the next six months. Cleve Hill solar farm will occupy the north coast of Kent and, if built, provide up to 350MW (megawatts) of generating capacity. The plan is for Cleve Hill to generate the lowest cost electricity on the UK network without needing subsidies to stay afloat. There have been subsidy-free solar installations before but nothing like Cleve Hill’s 1,000-acre development. The plant will also include battery storage – giving the operators the option of storing when the price of electricity is low and selling when it’s high.
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