Solar and storage possibilities for housing developers

Do UK housing developers need to be re-educated on the benefits of solar and storage installations?

Last month a panel of solar and storage installers suggested that many new build housing developers in the UK need further education and support to fully understand the benefits of solar and energy storage installations.

Offering greater returns in helping to meet building energy efficiency performance, solar and energy storage projects are still often seen as expensive additions to a house build. The UK government’s zero carbon homes initiative (which would have required all new housing developments to generate as much power via onsite renewables as possible) was seen as a positive step in making this a reality before its cancellation in 2015.

Whilst this is now returning to the agenda, many house developers are still preferring energy efficiency through methods such as double glazing, rather than fully exploring the greater returns achieved via solar and energy storage.

Chris Jardine, founder of Joju Solar and one of the panelists, stressed the need for housing developers to come on board with solar and storage in a bid to meet energy efficiency performance requirements for the future. He stated that direct legislation for new builds, which add battery storage as a necessity for planning permission, would make a tremendous impact to the barrier of perceived costs.

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