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SOLARWATT Appoints Wind & Sun Distribution Partner Following Expansion Due To Demand

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SOLARWATT Appoints Wind & Sun Distribution Partner Following Expansion Due To Demand

Wind & Sun have been appointed as a distributor in the expansion of SOLARWATT (www.solarwatt.net) the leading German pioneer of high-performance dual-glass solar PV energy production and storage systems, aimed at bringing advanced renewable-energy generation and management systems to homes across the UK.

The company will work with Wind & Sun (www.windandsun.co.uk), based at Leominster in Herefordshire, so installers and their customers can choose products manufactured by Germany’s leading solar provider. Established in 1984, Wind & Sun has grown to an international level, serving clients around the world. The company’s expert reputation comes from extensive hands-on experience in renewables and developing many new applications for the industry.

Installers can now buy SOLARWATT modules at Wind & Sun, benefiting from fast delivery times and high-quality advice and support. The company will be showing SOLARWATT modules and breakthrough MyReserve storage system at its stand C32 at Clean Energy Live 2016 (http://cleanenergylive.co.uk) at Birmingham NEC on 4-6 October 2016.

With 23 years’ experience and employing more than 200 people at its leading-edge manufacturing and logistics centre in Dresden, SOLARWATT is committed to expansion following a substantial investment by Stefan Quandt, of the family that owns BMW. Solar power is gaining traction due to international carbon reduction obligations and concerns over energy costs and fuel security – boosted by technology advances such as SOLARWATT’s ground-breaking MyReserve storage system.

Installers and customers respond positively to SOLARWATT’s premium product portfolio and 30-year product guarantees and five-year insurance plans. Fixing energy costs, locking in savings by storing and using energy from solar panels rather than feeding it back into the grid, is set to become more attractive as fossil-fuel prices continue their long-term upward trend.

Working with installation companies, Wind & Sun provides a wide range of renewable-energy products along with system trouble-shooting, training and product knowledge and technical support. Other customers are utilities, corporations, municipal authorities, charities, non-governmental organisations and educational establishments. Having installed the UK’s first grid-connected, solar-powered house, the ISO-certified firm no longer installs, instead acting as distributor, supporting a nationwide network of installers.

Pol Spronck, SOLARWATT’s International Sales Manager, said:

“I’m delighted to work with Wind & Sun due to their emphasis on quality in products and service, their commitment to renewables as shown by their innovations and long experience, and their large network of installers.”

SOLARWATT partners benefit from training and certification, close communication, PR and marketing support and branding to ensure they’re equipped to deliver the best possible options whether separately or in complete packages.

As the first supplier of a complete glass-glass solar panel portfolio, SOLARWATT has been recognised by numerous awards and product standards for innovation and quality, winning praise from Which! and receiving the top rating from the EU’s CLEAR Project. The range available to private and commercial markets will soon include intelligent energy management systems, mounting and façade arrangements and veranda and carport systems with optional vehicle recharging, along with dual-glass solar panels, inverters and storage systems.

 

In the renewable industry, as in anything else, you stand or fall on quality and innovation and those are the qualities we identify strongly at SOLARWATT.

 

SOLARWATT bridges the power gap by storing electricity as it’s produced and discharging it at busy times, such as when families need lights and appliances in the morning and evening. Storage means more usable power from solar PV, making renewable energy more flexible, reducing reliance on the grid and cutting costs.

The company’s breakthrough MyReserve storage systems address the long-standing challenge of power provision during low or no sunshine. The modular device is easy to install and increase in capacity, helping customers reduce costs permanently. In Germany, SOLARWATT supplies MyReserve, Energy Manager and a software app for an all-in-one solar PV solution provided by the utility company E.ON in Germany.

Pol Spronck added:

“People want to fix energy costs to be independent of utilities. We are keen to hear from quality installers and designers wishing to bring their customers the best, most innovative solar PV module, storage and intelligent energy systems.”

Steve Wade, CEO, Wind & Sun, said:

“In the renewable industry, as in anything else, you stand or fall on quality and innovation and those are the qualities we identify strongly at SOLARWATT. We very much look forward to working with Pol and his team.”

 

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Is Wood Burning Sustainable For Your Home?

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Wood is a classic heat source, whether we think about people gathered around a campfire or wood stoves in old cabins, but is it a sustainable source of heat in modern society? The answer is an ambivalent one. In certain settings, wood heat is an ideal solution, but for the majority of homes, it isn’t especially suitable. So what’s the tipping point?

Wood heat is ideal for small homes on large properties, for individuals who can gather their own wood, and who have modern wood burning ovens. A green approach to wood heat is one of biofuel on the smallest of scales.

Is Biofuel Green?

One of the reasons that wood heat is a source of so much divide in the eco-friendly community is that it’s a renewable resource and renewable has become synonymous with green. What wood heat isn’t, though, is clean or healthy. It lets off a significant amount of carbon and particulates, and trees certainly don’t grow as quickly as it’s consumed for heat.

Of course, wood is a much less harmful source of heat than coal, but for scientists interested in developing green energy sources, it makes more sense to focus on solar and wind power. Why, then, would they invest in improved wood burning technology?

Homegrown Technology

Solar and wind technology are good large-scale energy solutions, but when it comes to small-space heating, wood has its own advantages. First, wood heat is in keeping with the DIY spirit of homesteaders and tiny house enthusiasts. These individuals are more likely to be driven to gather their own wood and live in small spaces that can be effectively heated as such.

Wood heat is also very effective on an individual scale because it requires very little infrastructure. Modern wood stoves made of steel rather than cast iron are built to EPA specifications, and the only additional necessary tools include a quality axe, somewhere to store the wood, and an appropriate covering to keep it dry. And all the wood can come from your own land.

Wood heat is also ideal for people living off the grid or in cold areas prone to frequent power outages, as it’s constantly reliable. Even if the power goes out, you know that you’ll be able to turn up the heat. That’s important if you live somewhere like Maine where the winters can get exceedingly cold. People have even successfully heated a 40’x34’ home with a single stove.

Benefits Of Biomass

The ultimate question regarding wood heat is whether any energy source that’s dangerous on the large scale is acceptable on a smaller one. For now, the best answer is that with a growing population and limited progress towards “pure” green energy, wood should remain a viable option, specifically because it’s used on a limited scale. Biomass heat is even included in the UK’s Renewable Heat Initiative and minor modifications can make it even more sustainable.

Wood stoves, when embraced in conjunction with pellet stoves, geothermal heating, and masonry heaters, all more efficient forms of sustainable heat, should be part of a modern energy strategy. Ultimately, we’re headed in the direction of diversified energy – all of it cleaner – and wood has a place in the big picture, serving small homes and off-the-grid structures, while solar, wind, and other large-scale initiatives fuel our cities.

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7 Benefits You Should Consider Giving Your Energy Employees

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As an energy startup, you’re always looking to offer the most competitive packages to entice top-tier talent. This can be tough, especially when trying to put something together that’s both affordable but also has perks that employees are after.

After all, this is an incredibly competitive field and one that’s constantly doing what it can to stay ahead. However, that’s why I’m bringing you a few helpful benefits that could be what bolsters you ahead of your competition. Check them out below:

Financial Advising

One benefit commonly overlooked by companies is offering your employees financial advising services, which could help them tremendously in planning for their long-term goals with your firm. This includes anything from budgeting and savings plans to recommendations for credit repair services and investments. Try to take a look at if your energy company could bring on an extra person or two specifically for this role, as it will pay off tremendously regarding retention and employee happiness.

Life Insurance

While often included in a lot of health benefits packages, offering your employees life insurance could be an excellent addition to your current perks. Although seldom used, life insurance is a small sign that shows you care about the life of their family beyond just office hours. Additionally, at such a low cost, this is a pretty simple aspect to add to your packages. Try contacting some brokers or insurance agents to see if you can find a policy that’s right for your firm.

Dedicated Time To Enjoy Their Hobbies

Although something seen more often in startups in Silicon Valley, having dedicated office time for employees to enjoy their passions is something that has shown great results. Whether it be learning the piano or taking on building a video game, having your team spend some time on the things they truly enjoy can translate to increased productivity. Why? Because giving them the ability to better themselves, they’ll in turn bring that to their work as well.

The Ability To Work Remotely

It’s no secret that a lot of employers despise the idea of letting their employees work remotely. However, it’s actually proven to hold some amazing benefits. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 95% of employers that allow their employees to telework reported an increased rate of retention, saving on both turnover and sick days. Depending on the needs of each individual role, this can be a strategy to implement either whenever your team wants or on assigned days. Either way, this is one perk almost everyone will love.

Health Insurance

Even though it’s mandated for companies with over 50 employees, offering health insurance regardless is arguably a benefit well received across the board. In fact, as noted in research compiled by KFF, 28.6% of employers with less than 50 people still offered health care. Why is that the case? Because it shows you care about their well-being, and know that a healthy employee is one that doesn’t have to worry about astronomical medical bills.

Unlimited Time Off

This is a perk that almost no employer offers but should be regarded as something to consider. According to The Washington Post, only 1-2% of companies offer unlimited vacation, which it’s easy to see why. A true “unlimited vacation” program could be a firm’s worse nightmare, with employees skipping out every other week to enjoy themselves. However, with the right model in place that rewards hard work with days off, your employees will absolutely adore this policy.

A Full Pantry

Finally, having a pantry full of food can be one perk that’s not only relatively inexpensive but also adds to the value of the workplace. As noted by USA Today, when surveying employees who had snacks versus those who didn’t, 67% of those who did reported they were “very happy” with their work life. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference this could make, especially when considering the price point. Consider adding a kitchen to your office if you haven’t already, and always keep the snacks and drinks everyone wants fully stocked. Doing so will increase morale tremendously.

Final Thoughts

Compiling a great package for your energy company is going to take some time in looking at what you can afford versus what’s the most you can offer. While it might mean cutting back in other areas, having a workforce that feels like you genuinely want to take care of them can take you far. And with so many different benefits to include in your energy company’s package, which one is your favorite? Comment with your answers below!

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