Categories PV / EV

New Build Solar PV – Mandatory Yes / No ?

As proactive members of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), we thought we would update you on the carbon reducing switch to sustainables affecting us (the UK) today.

Individual Conversions

Individually, homes are rapidly converting their energy thinking to move from the Grid to self-generated sustainable electricity sources. According to the Independent’s Solar Panels UK 2024 Complete Guide, “The average home can save £1,190 every year with solar panels”. But this is just one reason to convert.

Research conducted by the MCS, reveals that the installation of solar panels and heat pumps in UK homes soared in 2023, driving the country to its highest-ever level of domestic low-carbon technology upgrades. 

Registered solar photovoltaic (PV) installations rose nearly 30% to a post-subsidy record of 189,826 in 2023. And, heat-pump installations were up 20%, reaching a record 36,799 also.

This growth drove a UK record for the total number of domestic renewable electricity and low-carbon heat technologies installations registered by MCS, which reached 229,618.

Community Initiatives

Community sustainability and low carbon impact is being encouraged too.

Alethea Warrington, senior campaigner at climate charity Possible, said: “Powering clean heat with clean, cheap, local energy is the ultimate win-win: lower bills, lower emissions and warm homes.”

Regen furnished the Government with a report intending to show the benefits of community action and seeking support to ease the way for such schemes to flourish.

Community energy organisations are communities taking collective action to address climate change and fuel poverty by delivering community-led renewable energy, energy demand reduction, and energy supply projects.

Dr. Rebecca Windemer, planning and communities lead at Regen and one of the report’s co-authors, said: “We know that we need to go much further and faster on clean heat to hit our net zero targets, and our report gives the Government the keys to a real solution.

By innovating with wind, solar and clean heat technology, we can slash bills while cutting carbon. We desperately need policy change to enable communities to directly benefit from these projects.”

Community schemes vary enormously. At the start of 2022 ModPods International set out to design a Low Carbon Home, and a home capable of producing Zero Energy Bills. Intended for individual modular design and domestic lifestyles to reflect carbon neutral aspirations.

Steve Smith, of ModPods said “We are now being asked to develop community schemes with Warder facilities to suit the vast demand for Social Housing. Kent and the South East have been earmarked for future trials and development.

Made to measure, supplied a pods by low loader, erected, wired and infastructured. One for JGF? – watch this space.

National Activity

National Developments:

A briefing by MCS in February and report by Gareth Simkins, Senior Communications Adviser, Solar Energy UK with statistics from a YouGov poll, was a revelation for ‘Project Carbon Neutral’.

MPs overwhelmingly back mandatory solar panels for newbuild homes

The Government is consulting on proposals for regulations for newbuild homes that will come into force in 2025, with two options – one to mandate solar panels for all new homes, and one to not mandate them.

According to the YouGov poll, 79% of all MPs, and 83% of Labour MPs, agree that solar panels should be incorporated into all new-builds from 2025.

Three in five (61%) MPs believe that battery storage, which can maximise the gains from solar panels, should be mandatory in new homes as well. That figure rises to 77% for Labour MPs.

Joe Forsyth, JGF’s MD, said: “PV alone is not the solution. To be truly ‘sustainable’ any system must create and manage a ‘power reservoir’, holding surplus power in batteries to balance out the peaks and troughs of production and use.

Peaks are stored and, if not needed domestically / locally, can be sold back into the National Grid. One of the peaks that is currently concerning the market is efficient sourcing of energy to charge EVs. Harnessing domestic energy generation is the only real step towards making this possible.”

David Cowdrey, Director of External Affairs at the MCS Foundation, said, “When it comes to constructing modern homes that are climate-friendly and cheap to run, building-in solar panels, batteries for energy storage, and heat pumps from the start is very clearly the way to go.”

This is exciting news, not just for the country but for JGF. JGF have invested time, training and other resources, gaining accreditation from MCS, and embarking on technical up-skilling to make sure it will play an important role in the Solar PV and EV Solutions market over the next 5 years and beyond.

For further thoughts, see our recent article: Energy Doesn’t Grow on TreesHERE.

Categories Teamwork

Team Talk 5

Anyone who knows JGF knows that the power of teamwork is paramount. Operating, training, working and playing as a respectful team is the driving force, so talking to The Team is crucial – hence, Team Talk: