Energy price rises have arguably hit businesses hardest, affecting production and opening hours, squeezing profit margins and threatening livelihoods. Problems present opportunities, and the ability to generate, store and even export energy is a trump card available to many businesses.
SOLAR PLUS BATTERIES
A business opportunity
Reduced energy costs
Generate, store, use and even export your own clean, free energy.
Reduce your carbon footprint and achieve sustainability or net-zero targets.
Enhanced energy security
Reduce your reliance on the grid and maintain uninterrupted power during blackouts.
Capital allowance relief
Claim up to 130% capital allowances on your energy system investment and reduce your corporate tax burden.
Large premises. Impressive generation.
Commercial premises often benefit from large roof spaces or adjoining land. This allows for larger solar PV installation, producing significant annual generation.
Income from export
The ability to generate and store large quantities of energy allows for large-scale export to the grid. This not only provides additional income for your business, but supports the grid at peak load times.
Easy to install and maintain
A solar energy system has no moving parts and produces no emissions. Solar panels are virtually maintenance free and can last up to 40 years.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Position your business as a social and environmental leader by investing in renewable energy.
EXPERTS IN COMMERCIAL ENERGY
We are experts in designing 3-phase solar and battery storage systems for commercial, industrial, and agricultural properties. Our past projects include sports stadiums, industrial units, warehouses, shops and hotels. Based on data from our commercial systems, our customers average a 75%-80% reduction in their electricity bills and a return on investment of 4-7 years.
If you’re a business owner, we understand that researching, purchasing, and installing a solar energy system seems like a daunting process. There are many aspects to consider; the right installers, arranging finance, securing a good return on investment, complying with health and safety rules, and maintaining the system over its lifespan.
Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place. Here at iJo Power, we make the process as simple as possible and design an efficient, high-quality system based on your specific requirements.
The path to energy enlightenment
Your journey starts with a conversation. Simply pick up the phone or get in touch via email, and we will arrange a Zoom meeting to discuss the energy requirements and objectives of your business.
Our team of experts design an initial system, before presenting you with costs, return on investment and projected performance data. This is followed by adjustments and design optimisation to ensure your requirements are met.
A site visit from one of our highly skilled and accredited installation partners is arranged to finalise installation costs, allowing for delivery and installation of equipment following payment. We will configure your system either on site or remotely, ensuring it is fully operational before handing over to you to reap the benefits. Ongoing support options are available as required.
Many businesses have access to skilled electrical teams, and we therefore offer equipment-only solutions.
Three Phase Energy Project
Your Questions Answered
Your installation costs will vary depending on the size of your system, the brands selected, your building type, and whether scaffolding or other safety equipment is required. We can provide an installation cost via one of our recommended installers, or you can purchase the equipment and arrange your own installation.
Your solar and battery system will save you money as soon as it is operational. Based on data from our commercial projects, customers typically achieve a 75%-80% reduction in their annual electricity bills and a return on investment between 4-7 years.
You can claim up to 130% capital allowances on your investment in a solar and battery storage system.
A solar energy system has no moving parts and needs no specific maintenance. We recommend periodic online monitoring to ensure performance is maintained. We offer this service as part of one of our post-installation packages.
A battery system captures your excess solar energy and allows you to use it at night or during daylight hours with minimal solar production. Some battery systems can also provide backup during a power cut, keeping your business running even if the grid goes down.
Depending on your system size, business type, and energy tariff, a battery system can also help to reduce your peak power demands and their associated costs. Battery systems can also facilitate grid export at peak times, allowing you to increase your financial returns.
The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) replaced Feed In Tariffs (FiT) in 2020, and offers much lower returns of 3p-6p per kWh. There are several more attractive export offerings from suppliers such as Octopus Energy, with variable pricing through the Outgoing Agile tariff or a fixed 15p export rate. Careful management of both your import and export tariffs will ensure the best returns. The Optimise.My.Energy app will help you to minimise your import costs and maximise your outgoing prices, making best use of your solar and battery storage.
During the quotation process, we will identify your optimum system size based on your business type, electricity consumption, peak power demands, and available roof space. Typical returns on investment range from 4-7 years.
Effectiveness of the system is governed by design and configuration, which we optimise to suit our customers’ needs. The maximum achievable output is 360kVA, which will power many industrial operations.
Your solar and battery system will be connected between the grid and your distribution board, providing you with clean uninterrupted power to your entire building, just like the grid. Depending on the size and design of your system, batteries can either provide backup power to selected circuits or to the entire premises.
Installing a PV and battery system that is connected to the grid requires certification and in some cases, permission from the DNO. Systems capable of delivering 3680W or less back to the grid are certified as G98, and do not require an application prior to installation. Best practice suggests you should notify your DNO. Systems capable of greater than 3680W grid export require G99 certification, and an application must be made to your DNO prior to installation.
Your solar panels will generate free electricity every day of the year, but perform best in spring and summer. Solar PV panels produce energy from sunlight (not heat), with excellent performance on cold, sunny days.
Your solar generation in the peak summer months (June and July) will typically be five times higher than during the lowest winter months (December and January).
As a seasonal guide, a 20.0 kWp system may produce around 525 kWh in January, 1,925 kWh in April, 2,450 kWh in July, and 1,050 kWh in October.
Your solar energy installation will have a minimal impact on your business as much of the work is external. During the final testing and commissioning process, there will be a short period of power interruption to some or all areas of the property while final connections are made. This will be coordinated with you in advance to avoid critical times.
Accredited solar electricians and installers must adhere to strict health and safety guidelines defined by the UK Government. To ensure your installation is safe and compliant, we can recommend a trusted installer from our own network who has demonstrated exceptional professionalism, communication, and attention to detail.
During your initial site visit, the solar installer will assess your property and advise of any specific safety measures or equipment required, such as scaffolding, harnesses, or protective barriers. This initial assessment gives you all the costs up-front and ensures a safe installation for workers and your staff.
Solar panels have no moving parts or internal fluids and are designed to last up to 40 years. Our recommended leading brands, including REC, LG, QCells, and Canadian Solar, are guaranteed to maintain at least 80% of their performance over 25 years, and many will maintain 90% or more.
What is my position with my landlord if there is damage to the fabric of the building as a result of solar installation?
For rented properties, whether commercial or residential, written agreement must always be obtained with the property owner prior to installation of solar or battery equipment. Careful consideration must also be given to the long-term ownership of the equipment at the time when the rental period ends.