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Bi directional EV charging points coming soon!

Wallbox has announced news of its latest release in the UK – a charging point that not only charges your car from the grid in the usual way but enables you to discharge electricity from your car to power your home and take advantage of flexible tariffs to be introduced over the coming years as part of the UK’s ambition to cut carbon emissions via the Smart Grid.


New Export Tariff announced by Octopus Energy

An eco‐friendly energy provider, Octopus Energy, has plugged the gap between the end of the FiT and beginning of the not-yet-finalised SEG. 

Two tariffs are available – Outgoing Fixed which guarantees 5.5p per kWh for every unit exported. While Outgoing Agile matches half-hourly prices with day-ahead wholesale rates. 

Although this is the first official export tariff, E.On Energy have announced a one-year export tariff offer for 500 new customers and Bulb is running a trial for 50 customers, offering a fair payment for the exported power at wholesale electricity prices. 

Replacing the Feed in Tariff

The New Smart Export Guarantee & MCS Certification

MCS Certification After the End of the FiT

In the week the government announced that Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) payments will be back dated to any PV systems installed from April 1st, there have been discussions on the importance of MCS Certification after the end of the FiT on March 31st.

Conclusion, it’s as important now as it has ever been. One of the main reasons being that in order for PV systems to qualify for the SEG, installers must be MCS certified.

In a recent Solar Trade Association press release Ian Rippin, Chief Executive of MCS, said:
“MCS demonstrates the quality of products and competence of installers with a clear set of standards. Going forward, The Council of Mortgage Lenders has advised that, as a minimum to avoid the risk of a property being ineligible for a mortgage, both new and existing Solar PV installations must be MCS certified .”

To reiterate the point he commented on a LinkedIn post, “MCS will be a pre-requisite for accessing the government’s recently announced Smart Export Guarantee. Only households with an MCS certificate will be eligible for SEG”.

End of the road for Feed in Tariff

Quietly, the government has decided that energy companies should no longer pay the Feed in Tariff to those investing their own money in Solar PV. So from April 2019 new solar installations will not be eligible for the payment: existing installations commissioned prior to this date will not be affected and payments will continue as normal. 

Instead, funding will be directed towards larger scale industry such as bio mass plants and plans to build central heat processing plans. Strangely, not much has been made of this in the media such as the effects on jobs as the industry crumbles and firms go out of business;  the benefit small scale renewables have in balancing out the grid in times of high demand and not least the benefit localised renewables bring to the environment.

However, installing solar PV will still be a worth while investment come Spring 2019. Based on current figures it will still give a better return than leaving your money in the bank where it probably earns interest at less than 1%pa. With inflation currently around 2%pa, doing so means funding the banks’ lending while making a loss on your money.

Taking current costs and a typical domestic installation, returns of over 4% can still be achieved without the Feed in Tariff, which while not great, at least gives a return of 2% over inflation, but why wait until then?! If you already have a reasonable size unobstructed roof, not necessarily South facing you could still benefit from the Feed in Tariff. This payment is not only index linked for the next 20 years but comes tax free for domestic installations and offers some control and reduction in your tie to the utility companies who are already poised to make large increases despite the government’s pledge to cap utility bills.

Contact us now for an informal discussion to see how we can help. We design PV systems for individual needs and budgets, from small scale domestic up to large scale commercial. We can also look after any servicing or maintenance needs you may have with your solar PV or general electrical installation.

British Gas to raise electricity prices by 12%

British Gas are the last of the big six energy providers to announce a staggering 12% increase for domestic electricity customers with further heavy increases planned over the coming years as Britain edges ever nearer to leaving the European Union.

With interest rates low and prices increasing, now could be a good time to consider making changes to your energy use. This could be anything from buying quality energy efficient LED light bulbs to installing solar PV.  Today, installing solar PV is more affordable than ever. You still receive payment for the energy you generate and the energy you are deemed to export. All payments to domestic customers are paid tax free, not to mention the savings you could make on your energy bills. If you have a hot water tank with an immersion heater, this can be run during daylight hours by your solar PV, keeping more energy on site, saving you buying it later. 

For more information on solar PV and energy saving products contact us at:

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NHBC Pride in the Job Award 2014.

We are pleased to congratulate Dave Littlewood Site Manager at Craven Court, Shanklin for his success in NHBC Pride In The Job Awards 2014. Simon Bache of Oakwood Sugar & vegetarianism [23:25]3. Energy Systems was pleased to be commissioned to design and install solar pv on this prestigious development.

Feed-in Tariff Update – Latest DECC News 24/05/2012

DECC is introducing regulations today to put the Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme on a more predictable, certain and sustainable footing for householders, businesses and the solar industry.


Following detailed consultation with industry and consumers, the Government is introducing a range of changes to the FITs scheme with effect from 1 August to provide better value for money and allow businesses and householders to plan with confidence.   This is good news for the industry and for consumers and will ensure that as many people as possible benefit.


The tariff for a small domestic solar installation will be 16p per kilowatt hour, down from 21p, and will be set to decrease on a 3 month basis thereafter, with pauses if the market slows down.  All tariffs will continue to be index-linked in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) and the export tariff will be increased from 3.2p to 4.5p.


The new tariffs should give a return on investment (ROIs) of over 6% for most typical, well-sited installations, and up to 8% for the larger bands.


The industry has been very successful in bringing solar technology costs down swiftly over the last two years and the improved scheme will reflect this trend as well as recognise the increasingly significant place solar PV can now have in local renewable electricity generation.


Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Today starts a new and exciting chapter for the solar industry. The sector has been through a difficult time, adjusting to the reality of sharply falling costs, but the reforms we are introducing today provide a strong, sustainable foundation for growth for the solar sector.


“We can now look with confidence to a future for solar which will see it go from a small cottage industry, anticipated under the previous scheme, to playing a significant part in Britain”s clean energy economy.


“I want to send a very clear message today. UK solar continues to be an attractive proposition for many consumers considering microgeneration technologies and that having placed the subsidy support for this technology on a long-term, sustainable footing, industry can plan for growth with confidence.”


Alan Aldridge, Chairman of the Solar Trade Association said: “We broadly welcome many of the Government’s decisions for how solar PV will be treated in the FITs scheme and wholeheartedly welcome the inclusion of Solar in DECC”s updated Renewables Roadmap; this should reassure consumers and solar companies alike that the Government recognises and stands behind a major role for the solar industry.


“Despite the currently slow market, the industry can have some confidence that the new Tariffs are tight but workable. Householders should be reassured the new Tariffs will provide more attractive returns than can be found elsewhere today. The STA is now keen to work with Government to get this positive message out.”


Changes to solar Feed-in Tariffs

Tariffs for solar pv installations to be reduced from 1 August:

  •  16p/kWh for household scale solar pv installations to reflect fall in cost of the technology, delivering a return of about 6% for a typical installation.
  • Tariffs for larger installations also to be reduced to reflect cost reductions but with most tariff cuts lower than proposed in February.
  • Reductions to apply to new installations from 1 August, instead of 1 July as proposed, in recognition of low uptake from 1 April and providing time for industry to adapt.

Multi installation tariff increased to 90% of standard tariff

Organisations with more than 25 solar pv installations will get 90% of the standard applicable tariff, increased from 80%, reflecting new evidence on costs involved for these projects.


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  •  Ensuring solar PV is not over subsidised.
  • Average tariff reductions of 3.5% every 3 months, reductions will be bigger (up to 28%) if there is rapid uptake.
  • Tariff cuts will be skipped (for up to 2 quarters) if uptake is low.
  • Uptake in 3 different bands (domestic (size 0-10kW), small commercial (10-50kW) and large commercial (above 50kW and standalone installations) will determine the quarterly reductions within those bands.

Increase export tariff from 3.2p to 4.5p/kWh

  • To better reflect the real value of electricity exported to the grid.

RPI index-linking of generation tariffs to be retained

  •  Reflecting the high value investors place on this element of the FITs scheme.


Scheme lifetime reduced from 25 to 20 years for new solar installations

  • Reducing the lifetime costs of the scheme and bring solar in line with most other technologies supported under FITs.


Tariffs for installations which do not meet the energy efficiency requirements will mirror the tariffs for standalone installations

  • Ensuring energy efficiency is still encouraged as tariffs are reduced.


Strategy for solar

Government sees a bright future for solar here in the UK and expects to reflect the growing role of solar power in the UK’s energy mix in its updated Renewable Energy Roadmap later this year.  Uptake by 2020 will however depend on when solar PV becomes viable with little or no subsidy and 22GW by 2020 is an achievable ambition if industry can get its cost down quickly.  That is why Government has also launched a solar PV cost reduction taskforce in partnership with industry to help drive down costs down faster while maintaining safety and standards.


DECC is also pleased to welcome plans being brought forward by Cornwall Council and the Building Research Establishment to set up a National Solar Centre in Cornwall.


Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “I am very happy to see a proposal for the creation of a National Solar Centre in Cornwall, led by the Building Research Establishment.”


Cllr Alec Robertson, Leader of Cornwall Council said: “The FITs scheme allowed many people across Cornwall to learn about renewable energy, especially solar power, and Cornwall would welcome the establishment of a new National Solar Centre that  will be at the heart of the bright future for PV in the UK. We’re pleased that DECC has announced changes that improve the predictability for the FITs scheme”


FITs consultation 2B

Decisions following the consultation on the other technologies under FITs will be announced in the summer.

Notes for Editors

  • The Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme provides a subsidy, paid for by all consumers through their energy bills, enabling small scale renewable and low carbon technologies to  compete against  higher carbon forms of electricity generation.
  • The government response to the FITs solar consultation 2A and the accompanying Impact Assessment
  • The Government received 244 responses to the consultation.
  • Further details on the solar PV cost reduction taskforce will be available on the DECC website shortly.
  • Government has also Increased the threshold at which electricity suppliers become ‘mandatory FITs licencees’ from 50,000 customers to 250,000

Where quality counts – what just one of or customers had to say about his Sanyo panels

Hi Simon
The system out here in West Wight seems to be working excellently. So much so that the operator said that although he did not dispute the figure anything above 387Kw hours (winter quarter)which they said was their figure of 100% for a 4Kw system over the Online Gambling last 3 months had to be verified and asked me to send them a photogragh of the meter showing the reading and the serial number. He said it was normal proceedure for any reading over 130% and mine was about 154%. So we may be breaking records. Iam more than pleased with the results.
Mr W.