Western Power Distribution (WPD) is inviting volunteers to take part in an exciting new trial which will enable households with solar panels to collect and store the electricity they generate so they can use it as and when they need it.
Battery power is an exciting industry breakthrough that will help to ensure a low-carbon sustainable future. This trial will involve the installation of a state-of-the-art battery.
The battery stores the sun’s energy and delivers clean, reliable electricity when the sun isn’t shining.
WPD will install the battery on the wall of your garage or similar storage facility, enabling it to start storing the energy generated from your home’s solar panels straight away – with no effect on any current FIT agreements you might have.
At capacity, the battery can power an average 2-bed home for a full day and would normally cost several thousand pounds for the battery – which measures approximately 692mm x 744mm x 206mm – and its installation.
Information regarding the battery’s technical data will be automatically fed back to WPD from the unit itself. All we are asking from each household in return, is to periodically report back on how the battery is functioning via a short online survey.
At the end of the trial, the battery is yours to keep – enabling you to continue storing and using the energy you generate for the longer-term. So, not only will it not cost you a penny to take part in the trial, it will also save money on electricity going forward.
*Image is of one of the candidate batteries in testing before the project moves forward