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New Solar Plus Storage For Homeowners, Housing Associations And Councils By Moixa

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Today the UK’s leading home battery company, Moixa, has revealed a £4,995 solar-plus-storage package allowing customers to benefit from the smart power revolution.

The package, targeted at homeowners, housing associations and other landlords, bundles a 2KWh Moixa Smart Battery with a 2KW, eight-panel solar photovoltaic system for an installed price of £4,995 including VAT.

Speaking at the Clean Energy Live exhibition in Birmingham, Chris Wright, Moixa Chief Technology Officer, said: “We believe our solar plus storage deal is a market-leading offer. It will protect
customers from rising electricity prices and allow them to benefit from the smart power revolution, accessing smart tariffs and making money by supporting the development of a reliable, cost-
effective, low-carbon electricity system. We also hope it will provide a boost to the solar installation market, which has been hit by cuts to feed-in-tariffs.”

Customers will typically benefit by around £350 a year in electricity savings from their solar panels and battery and from feed-in-tariff payments. They will also receive £50 annual payments for making their battery capacity available through Moixa’s innovative GridShare aggregation platform to provide services that make the electricity grid more efficient, greener and cheaper to run, such as balancing demand and reducing the need for back-up power from coal, oil and gas.

Customer savings are expected to grow over time. Electricity prices are forecast to rise 17% by 2020, and the introduction of smart tariffs from 2017 will allow customers with batteries to buy power from the grid when it is cheap for use at peak times. Moixa also expects to increase payments to customers as the market for grid services develops.

Moixa has just installed smart batteries in social housing in the London boroughs of Camden and Islington in one of four trials, funded by the National Energy Action charity, to demonstrate how storage and solar PV, coupled with other initiatives, can help lower bills and tackle poverty. Councillor Meric Apak, Cabinet member for Sustainability and Environment at Camden, said:

Solar plus storage is of huge interest to Camden Council.

“Fuel poverty is a very serious issue blighting people of all ages and circumstances nationwide and storing solar energy can be one of the
methods to offer our tenants significant savings to help reduce this burden. This technique helps meet our Green Action for Change environmental targets by actively reducing the carbon footprint across our housing stock.”

Jeremy Leggett, a Moixa investor who is founding director of SolarCentury, an international solar company that is the UK’s largest installer, said: “Solar plus storage has huge potential to decarbonise our electricity system, allowing homes to provide back-up capacity that enables the grid to use more clean renewable power and reducing the need for coal, diesel and gas to meet peak demand.”

Storage and demand flexibility are two of three key innovations in a “smart power revolution” which could save consumers up to £8 billion a year by 2030, according to the National Infrastructure Commission’s Smart Power report, which refers to Moixa and its 250 home battery trial for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Moixa has an unrivalled track record in the UK home battery market, with over 10 years of research and development, strong international patents and pilots from 2010. It has installed Moixa Smart batteries in more than 600 homes nationwide with a combined capacity of over 1.3MWh and over five million hours of use. It has worked with councils and housing associations, energy utilities and network operators to deliver more than £5 million of projects.

The Moixa Smart Battery is a compact (50cm x 30cm x 20cm), cost-effective, wall-mounted unit that fits easily into homes and is easily installed. It is an all-in-one Lithium Ion Phosphate battery system, requiring no additional equipment, and AC-coupled, so it can take advantage of smart tariffs by importing electricity from the grid when it is cheap. USB ports allow customers to charge mobile phones and other devices and can support efficient LED lighting, providing power even during outages. It has a 20-year lifespan and comes with an extendable ten-year guarantee.

The solar plus storage offer launches on Monday October 10th and is available to any two-story house with a conventional pitched roof and easy access. Customers can sign up on the Moixa website: www.moixa.com 

Moixa has a nationwide network of installers to service the deal. Installers with customers interested in the offer should contact Moixa’s distribution partner PVKits Direct.

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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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