Social Energy has linked up with UK Power Networks (UKPN) to develop a smart grid, offering customers batteries as part of a trial.
On 6 August, Current News reported that the trial will see an initial 100 homes in London, the South East and East of England have batteries installed, enabling them to maximise their solar energy usage and provide flexibility to the system, ensuring it becomes more resilient and is able to save customers money. It forms part of UKPN’s flexibility services programme, which is aiming to help prepare the network for the additional demand expected from a greater number of people turning to electric vehicles (EVs) and heating for decarbonisation.
At first, electricity will be used to power the homes before anything additional is exported to the grid. Specific time periods will be identified within which customer batteries are available to discharge, if instructed, with the participating households to receive £125 a year, over the next four years, for their role in the project.