New energy storage machines to support The Olde House solar farm
Centrica’s Local Energy Market (LEM) trial in Cornwall has signed up its first official participant at The Olde House holiday cottage site near Wadebridge. The working farm and holiday retreat will use energy storage machines supplied by redT energy, to better manage the energy it uses from its own solar generation and the grid.
The £19m trial will test the role of flexible power generation and storage in up to 150 homes and businesses across the county with the aim of reducing pressure on the local grid while rewarding participants for being more flexible with their energy.
Centrica’s Programme Director Matt Hastings said: “We’re thrilled to be working with The Olde House and redT energy as the first participants in the trial. The Olde House team have already achieved so much in terms of developing their solar generation so it’s great to be helping them to take that next step to even greater independence through the installation of these new machines.”
The 1MWh energy storage machines will be connected to The Olde House’s 250 kilowatt solar array, which was installed in 2011 to provide power to the site. The solar panels also power an onsite electric vehicle charging station.
Shaun Hawkey from The Olde House said: “We generate large amounts of electricity throughout the day but unfortunately cannot utilise it all. With the installation of these energy storage machines, we will be able to store the energy until times when we have a higher demand, for example at the end of the day and into early evening when our guests return from their days out.”
Scott McGregor, CEO of redT energy said: “We are very proud to be the first energy storage technology to be part of the Local Energy Market. The Olde House is a perfect example of how UK businesses can now utilise more of their renewable generation and make money supporting the electricity grid. Centrica are at the cutting edge of the UK energy market and with initiatives such as the LEM, we are pleased to be working with them to secure the UK’s energy future by creating reliable, affordable, low carbon energy for business owners.”
The Local Energy Market team has been working to recruit homes and businesses to take part in the project since its launch in December last year and has already carried out energy audits at 56 business sites. Applications from businesses looking to access a £6m funding pot to go towards low carbon technologies such as combined heat and power units, solar photovoltaics, wind, smart technology upgrades and new energy storage units are still invited.