Net Zero Hero,

Can you cut your own emissions
- while helping other people cut theirs?

Meet Suzanne, one of our Net Zero Heroes taking part in the pioneering Cornwall Local Energy Market, a programme that is exploring what the energy market of the future could look like.

In the past year, Suzanne has cut the amount of energy that she and her family take from the grid by over 50%.

Taking full advantage of the Cornish sun, she’s had solar panels installed on her roof - and they are now generating enough energy to fully power her house during sunny days.

Suzanne’s been saving for a rainy day as well! A small battery storage unit installed in her garage allows her to store generated solar energy and use it even when the sun isn’t shining.

And, when the battery’s full, any remaining energy is automatically sold back to the grid - reducing Suzanne’s reliance on it and helping to ensure more low carbon energy is available for others to use. 

Suzanne’s always had a keen interest in sustainability and embracing more renewable energy at home. By combining solar panels, battery storage and Hive, she is now able to track her energy usage – and make sure that a large portion of it comes from the clean energy that she’s generating herself.

“If everybody can just do their little bit, then we’d make a major impact.”

- Suzanne, Net Zero Hero

Suzanne is one of nearly 200 residents and businesses taking part in the pioneering Cornwall Local Energy Market. 

Testing the use of flexible demand, generation and storage, the project has seen organisations and households use new energy technologies including battery storage, connected home solutions and a virtual power marketplace to generate, use and trade their own renewable energy.

It’s also using innovative blockchain technology to allow residents and businesses to trade energy directly amongst themselves through a secure trading platform – and one which gives people greater control over their energy.

Find out more about how the project is exploring what the future of energy could look like – and how local energy markets could provide the flexible, decentralised and green energy markets of the future.