Hopefully many others will follow in Lyreco's footsteps here by retrofitting energy storage systems to existing rooftop PV installations. The different revenue streams at play here are certainly what will make the project stack-up financially. Being able to massively reduce demand from the grid at peak times especially Triads as well as access grid services as Lyreco are doing here gives the maximum benefit.
There are certainly many other rooftop PV installations in the UK that could benefit from similar energy storage installations. At Hyperion, we are working with a number of leading solar and energy storage companies to recruit the talent they need to achieve their goals of driving the adoption of clean energy solutions.
One of the largest rooftop solar installations in the UK is to add a Tesla battery in what is thought to be the first UK project to use a commercial PV array to charge an energy storage system to avoid grid charges and provide ancillary services. “There are companies that are just using standalone battery storage to power up and provide frequency balancing services but we're actually using our own solar generation to charge our batteries rather than using the grid to charge them and put it back later in the day.” Mark Wakeford, managing director at EvoEnergy, added: “Lyreco is leading the way for how companies can use multiple technologies to achieve long-term energy independence, whilst also providing a service to the public to support and provide flexibility to meet future Government energy strategies.