Solar Savings & Income

Free Power, Energy Storage and Smart Export Guarantee

Free power

Typically in our region, a well-sited 6kWp Solar PV system will generate in excess of 5,625kWh/year of electricity. Exact output depends on the capacity of the PV panels chosen, location, shading, pitch and orientation to the south.

This free solar power will always be fed straight to the home for immediate use (thus saving on your electricity bill), with any excess either going to the grid as export, or to an Energy Storage solution.

Energy storage

Battery Storage systems offer homeowners the opportunity to store excess solar power during peak production times and then use it when the property demand is greater than the supply of solar power. This is a great way of increasing savings and reducing reliance on the grid.

Another great add-on to a PV system is an Immersion Control unit which delivers your excess PV electricity straight to your immersion heater, thus providing free hot water. In most cases, this will be enough to heat an entire cylinder daily throughout the spring, summer and early autumn months, and even in winter it can still contribute to heating your cylinder and reducing the energy input required by your boiler.

Income – Smart Export Guarantee

The ‘Smart Export Guarantee’ (SEG) is the replacement of the ‘Feed-in Tariff’ scheme. Under the new scheme, all new Solar PV installations will be paid for all excess electricity which they send back into the energy grid.

The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) key points:

It will apply to homes and businesses, so anyone exporting power can now be paid for every unit that goes back to the grid.
All the larger energy suppliers are required to offer an SEG export rate.

Any SEG qualifying installation must meet certain standards:

A qualifying Solar PV installation must include equipment (Solar PV panels) that were previously certified as FIT eligible.
The installation must be MCS accredited, so the installer must be MCS certified and adhere to MCS installation standards. Redmile Energy is fully MCS certified.
The property must have an approved smart meter capable of reading half-hourly exports. Currently, the fitting of such meters is the sole responsibility of the power suppliers who are offering their installation without cost to homeowners.
The installation cannot be registered under the old FIT payments scheme.

Flexible Tariffs

Many of the power suppliers are now offering flexible tariffs to better accommodate and reward their customers as the growth of Solar PV, Battery Storage and Electric Vehicles continues.

These tariffs can include multiple low cost off-peak electricity periods, ideal for charging a car and/or charging Home Battery Storage (particularly in winter when excess Solar PV electricity is limited). Also some providers offer the opportunity to purchase your stored power, in your battery, at times of high grid demand.

Our suggestion is to do your research as offerings change regularly. Perhaps even get a PV and Battery Storage system first and monitor it for a few months before making a decision on changing your tariff/provider. You will need a Smart Meter which your current provider should upgrade for you without charge.

What does a domestic Solar PV system cost?

A 4kwp (10 panel) system, on a domestic property, costs from just £4999. Include 5.8kw/h Battery Storage for approx £3000-£3500 extra.

Fully installed
Fully commissioned
Price inclues VAT
No hidden extras

We conduct a free, no-obligation, survey for all our customers and operate a strict ‘no hard sell’ policy.

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