Shell Energy has launched a new solar storage energy tariff that will enable residents to use solar power to cover over 75% of their annual energy needs.
Customers with a solar power sonnenBatterie and the Shell Energy Solar Storage tariff can now rely on self-generated power from their solar panels all year round.
The batteries store energy from the sun during the day and then allow households to use the energy when the sun isn’t charging.
Any surplus electricity will then be fed back into the grid, earning customers up to £150 in solar credits which will then be applied to their electricity bills in the winter months.
Initially the scheme will be launched as a pilot with a limited number of customers, but Shell has said that the battery is suitanble for over 800,000 homes in the UK.
Colin Crooks, CEO of Shell Energy Retail said: ‘Home battery technology and smart tariffs could play a key role in helping UK homes become net-zero by enabling them to consume more of their self-produced energy and balancing out seasonal variations in solar power generation.
‘The benefit of a solar panel on your home’s roof increases when you add a home battery, and again when you add a smart tariff like this.
‘It ensures no electricity is wasted and the owner of the solar panel gets the maximum benefit. In effect, customers will be loaning out excess electricity in the summer and claiming it back, through bill credits, when they need it in the winter.’
Gavin Stokes, sonnen Country Director UK & Ireland also commented: ‘The partnership between sonnen and Shell Energy Retail comes at the perfect time as customers in the UK are recognising that renewable energy starts at home.
‘The sonnenBatterie combined with the Solar Battery Tariff will allow customers to benefit from reduced electricity bills and become less reliant on the grid. Thousands of homes in Britain have been using solar panels for years but now they can reap the benefits in winter, which is a first in the UK.’
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