Welcome to the EV revolution

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Welcome to the EV revolution

Helping to drive a low carbon future

The Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution presents us all with the opportunity of all driving greener, by lowering our carbon footprint through reducing harmful emissions, with the added bonus of lowering running costs.

Similar to a smart phone, an EV could be plugged in at home in the evening, ready to use for the next morning without you ever having to visit a petrol station again, or, if you have to visit a charging point on your travels, you can control your charging via a phone app while you enjoy a relaxing cuppa.

The perfect partner for your EV

By charging your car from your own self-generated solar energy, you will be able to save even more money on your driving costs, whilst further reducing your carbon footprint as solar power is 100% green energy.

This makes a solar panel system for your home the ideal accessory to accompany your electric car.

Many EV owners think of purchasing a solar system as pre-buying their fuel for the next few years – at a cost that is very quickly repaid.  Even in the UK it is possible to produce enough power from even a standard sized solar pv system to both power your home, as well as providing the energy required to fuel your car.

Solar Panels

SolarEdge Inverter

Consumer Board

Zappi Charger

Tesla Powerwall 2

National Grid

Going further for less

Public charging points vs charging at home

On the surface, it looks as though charging an electric vehicle is cheaper than filling up with petrol or diesel.  But with increasing popularity, prices of charging from public charge points are starting to creep up. Plus, with added membership and admin fees, the cost is actually very close to that of using fossil fuels.

According to a What Car? Article, a rapid charge costs about 9p mile, adding charges this rises to 12p mile and if you use a Shell garage after 1stJune, you will be paying 15p per mile.  By way of contrast, a Fiesta 1.0 petrol costs about 13p mile and a Polo 1.4 diesel 11p per mile.

Charging from home using a standard tariff at 15p kWh would bring the cost down substantially.  For example, charging a Renault Zoe to 80% costs in the region of £4.68.  If you can utilise time of use tariffs and charge at night, then that cost can be as low as £2.18 for the same charge – however, you will be paying substantially more for your daytime electricity.

With energy bills continuously rising, plus if you are planning on using your EV for longer journeys than just a trip to the local shops, then charging your vehicle using solar energy, or providing your property with free daytime energy to offset the high energy cost of peak time of use tariffs, may provide a cost-effective solution:

  • 1kWp solar can provide up to 1,132 kWh a year
  • 4kWp (average size) 4,528 kWh a year
  • 10kWp (with export limiter) 11,320kWh a year

Using 75% of your generated energy for charging your car or offsetting the extra bills, could mean the following savings*:

  • 1kWp solar can save you up to 849 kWh x 15p = £127 a year
  • 4kWp (average size) can save you up to 3,396 kWh x 15p = £509 a year
  • 10kWp (with export limiter) can save you up to 8,490kWh x 15p = £1,273 a year

*based on a South facing property in Brighton with a 40% pitch and no shading

On the surface, it looks as though charging an electric vehicle is cheaper than filling up with petrol or diesel.  But with increasing popularity, prices of charging from public charge points are starting to creep up. Plus, with added membership and admin fees, the cost is actually very close to that of using fossil fuels.

According to a What Car? Article, a rapid charge costs about 9p mile, adding charges this rises to 12p mile and if you use a Shell garage after 1stJune, you will be paying 15p per mile.  By way of contrast, a Fiesta 1.0 petrol costs about 13p mile and a Polo 1.4 diesel 11p per mile.

Charging from home using a standard tariff at 15p kWh would bring the cost down substantially.  For example, charging a Renault Zoe to 80% costs in the region of £4.68.  If you can utilise time of use tariffs and charge at night, then that cost can be as low as £2.18 for the same charge – however, you will be paying substantially more for your daytime electricity.

With energy bills continuously rising, plus if you are planning on using your EV for longer journeys than just a trip to the local shops, then charging your vehicle using solar energy, or providing your property with free daytime energy to offset the high energy cost of peak time of use tariffs, may provide a cost-effective solution:

Using MCS figures, based on a house in Brighton, south facing, 40 degree pitch, no shading.

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Saving you even more money

Other considerations

Using a solar and grid combination for charging your EV at home is just the start.  There are other options available that could save you even more, depending on your lifestyle.

Solar PV Storage

If you want to maximise the use of your generated energy for powering your home and car, then solar PV storage maybe the solution.  In many cases, PV systems produce more energy than a home can use.  If your car is plugged in during the day, then it will be able to use this surplus energy for charging.  If your car is away from home during daylight hours, then you will not be able to get the maximum from your PV generation and surplus energy will be sent back to the grid.  Solar storage (batteries) are able to store excess generation for when your system is no longer generating, i.e. for the home or your car.

Time of use energy supply

Time of use tariffs are a relatively new concept, designed to incentivise bill payers to use more energy at off-peak times, in order to balance demand. These tariffs charge cheaper rates at certain times of night or day, when demand is at its lowest, and higher rates at popular times.

With a solar PV system you will be able to generate and use your own free, clean energy in the daytime when the time of use tariff will be at its highest, and then use the cheaper tariff energy from the grid overnight.

By adding battery storage, not only can you use your normally exported energy for days of lower solar generation, you can also top-up your battery from the grid on the cheap overnight tariff to again ensure you never pay more than the lowest rate of energy, even in winter months, and you can use this combination to charge your EV day or night.

Zappi

The Zappi is an OLEV approved home car charger that intelligently sends usually exported energy to charge your vehicle, but that’s not it!  It also has the ability to know when to charge using economy tariffs/time of use, maximising cheap over-night energy if required.

  • 3 charging modes (Fast, Eco and Eco+)
  • OLEV approved
  • Solar PV energy – can still be used like a standard charge point
  • Boost function – keeps the battery at a minimum charge level
  • Economy Tariff sensing to maximise savings
  • 6A to 32A variable charging
  • Integral RCD for earth leakage protection
  • IP65 rated enclosure suitable for outdoors
  • Energy data logging
  • Graphical back-lit LCD screen for ease of use
  • 5 metre, 32A rated cable with Type 1 or Type 2 charge plug
  • Adjustable charge current limit – allows installation with smaller circuit breakers (e.g. 16A)
  • Adjustable import power limit – The maximum import limit can be set to limit power drawn by the house when charging
  • 3-year warranty

OLEV Grant

The OLEV grant allows you to reduce the cost of your Zappi and its installation by £500.  If you qualify, then, as an OLEV approved installer, we can take care of the whole process on your behalf.  Our energy advisers will be pleased to detail the conditions of installing.

Solar car ports

An increasing trend for our customers is the demand for solar car ports.  We can build and install a variety of different types of solar charge ports, from adding solar panels to an already erected garage or out building, to purpose built thin film solar car ports, and everything in between.

With every car port, there is the option of linking the generation to a property or grid connection, or, have the car port as a stand-alone, off-grid system.

To discuss a car port project, please speak to one of our advisers today.

Act now, the Feed-In Tariff is ending!

The Government currently provides a financial incentive for generating your own solar energy, whether you use it or not!  Unfortunately, this incentive, which is worth up to £7,000, is being removed at the end of March 2019.  To benefit from this tax-free income, the installation needs to be completed before this date, so please act soon.

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The Solar Plants process.

Relax, advising on solar technology is something we have been doing for years…here is what to expect:

Easier than one,
two, three

The Solar Plants process.

Relax, advising on solar technology is something we have been doing for years…here is what to expect:

Desktop Survey

We don’t want to waste your valuable time if solar isn’t suitable for your property! Once you have confirmed an interest, we will conduct a desktop survey to check the size, orientation and pitch of your roof, looking out for obvious issues that could affect the performance of a system. We will also discuss with you your energy usage and bills. When we are satisfied that a solar PV installation would be of benefit, we will schedule an appointment for one of our national Energy Advisers to visit.

Free Financial Report

Our energy adviser will conduct a thorough survey of your home and will take time to explain how the technology works, where it will be installed and what your ‘solar payback’ will be (tariff payments, savings and payback time). You may also be made aware of other products that could increase the performance of your system, or make your energy usage smarter once solar is installed. All of this information is packaged into a report that will be left with you to ponder over in your own time.

When You’re Ready

We won’t keep badgering you for a decision, and if you have further questions our energy advisers, customer services team or on-line chat team are just a click or a call away. But when you are ready, just complete and return the paperwork and you will soon be placed into the capable hands of our customer service and installation teams.

Your solar powered EV is just a few clicks away.

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