Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) 

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With the government no realising the benefits of battery storage, all battery storage installations will be VAT FREE from the 1st of February 2024.

Enhance your utilization of renewable energy, establish a reliable backup power source, reduce reliance on the grid, minimize your carbon footprint, and achieve substantial long-term cost savings by incorporating battery energy storage. Discover the myriad advantages of BESS. Whether you're aiming to optimize your business operations or enhance the energy efficiency of your home, investing in battery energy storage presents an enticing prospect. At Starks Electrical, we stand at the forefront of BESS technology in the UK, witnessing first-hand the transformative impact it has. If you're uncertain about embracing this innovative technology, here are five pivotal benefits of battery energy storage systems that demand your attention.

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Long term cost savings and return on investment.

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Unlocking the potential of battery energy storage installations may initially seem like a substantial investment, but with the assistance of government incentives making the process VAT-free, the financial landscape becomes more favourable. Leveraging the Octopus Agile tariff allows us to strategically time our electricity imports, capitalizing on the lowest rates, averaging around 15p per kWh. In a remarkable turn of events on the 2nd of January, Octopus was actually paying consumers to use electricity. This synergy between government support and tariff optimization creates an ideal scenario for battery storage. By charging the batteries to full capacity during the most cost-effective periods, we can subsequently power our homes or businesses, resulting in significant cost savings. On average, our clients residing in flats have experienced savings of approximately £1500, with an impressive payback period ranging from 3 to 5 years. The beauty of this system lies in its scalability – the more electricity consumed, the greater the potential for financial savings. Explore how embracing battery energy storage can not only enhance sustainability but also revolutionize your economic outlook.

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If you have an EV tariff like Octopus Go, you can save even more money, please see calculations below.

Lets say you use 10,000kWh per year.

This is 27kWh a day.

Lets remove the cost of standing charge for the moment, as we will have to pay that regardless.

  • 10,000 kWh a year @ 30.6p per kWh £3060
  • 10,000 kWh a year @ 7.5p per kWh £750 (over night charge option at just 7.5p per kWh)
  • Annual savings of £2310.00 

Back-up power.

Empower your home or business with an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) through the installation of battery energy storage. Incorporating an automatic changeover switch ensures that in the event of a power outage, your residence or commercial space can seamlessly continue operations. This translates to the preservation of perishables in your fridge freezer, maintaining a warm and cozy atmosphere with uninterrupted heating, and keeping essential services like the internet and lighting operational even on dark winter days.

Enhance your resilience against power disruptions with our battery storage solutions, providing a reliable backup power source that safeguards your daily routines. Explore the possibilities of uninterrupted functionality, ensuring the continuity of essential services during unforeseen power cuts. Discover how our battery storage installations, paired with automatic changeover switches, can transform your living or working space into a haven of continuity and convenience. Trust in the power of reliable backup solutions to keep your home or business running smoothly, even in the face of unexpected outages.


Reducing our carbon footprint.

By reducing dependence on the conventional grid, we inherently contribute to a significant decrease in our carbon footprint. Embracing sustainable energy solutions, such as battery storage installations, enables us to operate independently of the grid, fostering a greener and more environmentally friendly approach. This shift towards self-sufficiency not only enhances resilience but also aligns with a commitment to reducing overall carbon emissions. Explore how our eco-conscious solutions can empower your home or business to tread lightly on the planet, demonstrating a dedication to sustainability that goes hand in hand with operational efficiency. Embrace a future where environmental responsibility and energy independence coexist harmoniously.


Less dependence on our electricity grid. 

Reducing reliance on the grid stands out as a primary advantage of integrating battery energy storage. Post-installation, your dependency on the National Grid diminishes significantly. While the UK's National Grid is generally reliable, it is not immune to occasional failures, with some regions experiencing more frequent power outages. Moreover, with the escalating unpredictability of climate conditions, minimizing dependence on the National Grid becomes increasingly advantageous. Embracing battery energy storage offers a proactive solution in the face of climate uncertainty, providing a buffer against potential rises in power outages. Explore the resilience and security that comes with a reduced reliance on the grid, ensuring consistent power availability for your home or business.


Optimizing Renewable Energy Utilization

Renewable energy, a long standing resource, often faces inefficiencies due to its dependency on favourable conditions. The lack of a storage solution results in the potential wastage of renewable energy, limiting usage to periods of optimal conditions, such as sunny days for solar power generation.

The integration of a battery energy storage system revolutionizes this dynamic. Now, you have the capability to capture renewable energy, store it efficiently, and deploy it during periods of energy non-production. This transformative approach enables a more effective utilization of renewable energy sources, breaking free from the constraints of environmental conditions.

Discover how our battery energy storage solutions pave the way for enhanced renewable energy efficiency, ensuring you harness the full potential of sustainable power sources. Explore the advantages of a system that not only captures renewable energy but also strategically deploys it, contributing to a more sustainable and eco-friendly energy landscape.

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Contact Starks Electrical today with your enquiry on how we can save you money! All we need from you is your current electricity usage, to create you a FREE detailed proposal.


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What Solar batteries do you install?

When considering solar batteries, Fox ESS stands out as our chosen manufacturer due to their commendable combination of high quality and affordability. Nevertheless, we maintain strong affiliations with other industry manufacturers, including Giv-Energy. If you have a preference for a specific manufacturer, please inform us, and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs. Feel free to reach out to us today to discuss your requirements. Fox ESS holds our preference as a manufacturer because they oversee the entire battery production process, including their proprietary cobalt mining program. Consequently, their battery cells are meticulously crafted for their own inverters and software, ensuring optimal performance. Notably, Fox ESS extends their battery sales to other solar and battery companies. We can install many other brands of batteries like pylontech, Solax, Huawei, Enphase and so on.



How long do solar battery storage last?

The longevity of solar batteries is influenced by various factors, including the battery type, brand, and maintenance practices. Lead-acid batteries, commonly employed in solar power systems, typically endure anywhere from 5 to 15 years when properly maintained. However, their lifespan is susceptible to factors like depth of discharge, temperature, and charging and discharging rates.

In contrast, the rising popularity of lithium-ion batteries, attributed to their superior energy density and extended cycle life, has introduced a longer-lasting option. High-quality lithium-ion batteries utilized in solar applications can boast a lifespan of 15 to 20 years or even more.

Fox ESS batteries not only last for a minimum life expectancy of 15 years but they also have an incredible unique and sleek design.



Is 10kWh of battery storage enough?

The adequacy of a 10 kWh solar battery for powering a typical home depends on individual usage patterns. As per the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), an average household in the UK consumes around 3,731 kWh of energy annually, equivalent to approximately 10 kWh per day. A 10 kWh solar battery is deemed sufficient to meet this daily demand. For a more precise evaluation of the solar battery system size suitable for your property, reach out to our team today. Contact us for further information and assistance.



Is it worth getting battery storage?

Yes. Battery energy storage systems are worth it and significantly cut down on the amount of energy you buy from the National Grid. We can also program to charge the batteries at the cheapest rates possible.

Substantially reduce your energy bills

Limit your carbon footprint

Have access to your stored solar energy even at night and when there’s no sun

Have back up power in the event of a power cut - (UPS)

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Can battery storage go outside?

Certainly, solar batteries can be placed outdoors. Nonetheless, it's crucial to select a battery specifically engineered to endure outdoor conditions. Numerous outdoor-rated models are accessible, designed to withstand various weather conditions, including rain, snow, and extreme temperatures. When opting for an outdoor-rated solar battery, seek guidance from a professional and prioritize models with a high IP rating.

Given the diverse temperature range in the UK, spanning from below freezing to above 30°C, it's essential to choose a battery capable of functioning within this spectrum. For further guidance and recommendations tailored to your needs, feel free to contact our team. We are here to assist you.

Batteries do not perform at there optimal levels when cold.



Can batteries operate during a power outage?

Indeed, numerous solar battery storage systems are engineered to offer backup power in the event of a power failure. These systems have the capability to detect grid outages and seamlessly transition to battery power, ensuring uninterrupted access to electricity. UPS system.

Nevertheless, it's crucial to note that not all solar batteries are specifically designed for backup power during blackouts. It is advisable to consult with the manufacturer or installer to confirm whether a particular battery is equipped for such scenarios.



Are there tax incentives associated with battery installations? 

Certainly, starting from February 1, 2024, battery installations will be exempt from VAT.


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