Pure Planet’s rooftop solar PV panels pilot with bp Lightsource Labs gets underway this week as the scaffolding goes up and the hardware arrives.
Introducing the five participants taking part in the first phase of the pilot to test the installation and optimisation of the technology.
From today scaffolding teams have arrived at the five locations and all this week the rooftop solar PV panels and batteries will, one by one, be installed and wired up.
We’ll be sharing photos of the installations here in the Pure Planet Community and putting together lots of tips, myth-busting and how to guides based on the questions we and our Members have asked.
This week is the very start of the first phase of a two-year pilot to test the hardware and service needed for our Members to generate and store their own renewable electricity at home.
The partnership will also make use of Lightsource Labs’ home energy management technology – Tribe – and cloud-based Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform to monitor and optimise live energy generation, storage and usage.
Using the systems as part of a VPP means that Pure Planet can aggregate each individual storage system together into a ‘power plant’ and operate them to reduce the cost of supplying electricity and help balance the grid. We think VPPs could play an important part in getting the UK to net zero.
If you’d be up for taking part in future testing let us know by adding a reply to this thread announcing the pilot.
For now, introducing the ‘famous five’ taking part, and a little bit about each participant.
Ben Mulcahy, from Somerset. Ben, a digital service advisor at Pure Planet, lives with his partner and their cat, Honey, in a converted barn. They’ve got electricity with PP and an oil powered boiler. They’re currently using about 5,000kWh of electricity every year, and have SMETS2 smart meters. They own a petrol car and a hybrid car, but are looking into replacing both with one EV in the near future. The children have grown up and left home, but Ben regularly hosts foreign students.
Doug Ashton, from Witshire. Doug, who is chief data scientist at Pure Planet, lives in a detached 1970s five-bedroom house with his wife and three children. They have a Nissan Leaf (30kWh battery edition) and a Ford Focus petrol car, too. They’re dual fuel, SMETS2 meters, with underfloor heating in the kitchen, and a garage.Their yearly electricity usage is currently about 5,300kWh (about 1,000kWh is the car).
Jo Bushnell, from Gloucestershire. Jo, a business analyst at Pure Planet, lives with husband Dave in a semi-detached home with four bedrooms, garage and workshop. Their property is dual fuel, with SMETS1 meters. Their current annual usage is unknown as they moved into the home just two months ago. The house has an electric cooker and electric shower, gas heating/hot water. Most neighbours in the street have solar panels already, and there’s a large solar farm nearby. They currently own two petrol cars but, now they both work from home most of the time, they’re looking to replace one or both of them with EVs.
Victoria Ward, from Bristol. Victoria, a support manager at Pure Planet lives with her partner and their guide dog, Marshall. They’ve got a mid-terrace 3 bedroom house, are dual fuel users with SMETS2 smart meters. Victoria and her partner both work from home, and currently use about 3,800kWh of electricity a year. They own a petrol VW car.
Marc Cooper, from Somerset. Yep, this is yours truly, bringing up the rear! I live with my partner and our three cats in a semi-detached house, which has four bedrooms, a garage and a conservatory (which is unbearably hot in summer, impossibly cold in winter.) We’re dual fuel, and have SMETS2 smart meters. Our annual electricity usage is 6,000kWh, of which about 1,000kWH is used to charge a Nissan Leaf EV (40kWh battery edition). Our oven is electric, and we try to use a slow cooker instead, as often as possible.
So that’s a little bit about us, and we’ll be posting some updates in the replies below over the coming week as the kit is installed.
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