Why is solar energy so important?
Unlike traditional fossil fuels, solar energy produces zero carbon. It’s clean, safe, quiet and produces no toxins. Producing solar energy can work in harmony with communities, wildlife and livestock.
On top of that, the UK’s lack of independent energy resources and global geopolitical uncertainties leave us vulnerable to fluctuations in world markets. Access to locally produced energy is therefore crucial in ensuring energy security and is a cornerstone in decarbonising our society. This is further backed by UK’s energy security strategy, according to which a five-fold increase of solar power deployment is expected by 2035. Extending solar deployment is a key component to meet the target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Combining solar and battery storage solutions
Managing the peaks and troughs of energy demand is becoming even more challenging as we strive towards net zero. That’s because fossil fuel plants have traditionally been used as a back-up to provide a reliable, unbroken supply of energy. As these are gradually being phased out, battery storage becomes more and more important to balance electricity loads in the grid and store energy until it’s needed.
Combining solar energy with battery storage solutions can offer plenty of advantages, as it ensures that energy flow is consistent and reliable, whether the sun is shining or not. Battery storage, or battery energy storage systems (BESS), allow energy from renewables, such as solar, to be stored and then used on demand by homes and businesses.