Solar energy storage systems could become the norm in new and refurbishment projects for housing associations following the announcement that energy storage company and battery specialist AceOn has been named an approved supplier to the National Housing Federation (NHF).
Following the partnership deal announcement, Telford-based AceOn will be showcasing its Virtual Power Plant technology to some 800 NHF members. The Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is an energy storage system which can be both retrofitted and installed in new developments to help housing providers and their tenants use more of the electricity generated by their solar panels, save on electricity bills and create a new income stream.
AceOn Energy Managing Director Richard Partington (pictured left) said: “This is a very exciting development for everyone at the AceOn Group. The National Housing Federation is a hugely-respected organisation whose members provide homes for around six million people, so to be an approved supplier is a huge step for us.
“All housing associations are working to make their homes more energy-efficient and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so that the country meets its legal obligation to have zero net emissions by 2050.
“Our VPP has huge potential to help housing associations, local authorities and developers across the country meet new climate change and carbon emission targets, reduce their tenants’ electricity bills and provide a new income stream for these organisations to support their investment in Renewables.”
AceOn is already working with The Wrekin Housing Group and BEW Electrical Wholesalers to install green energy systems into nearly 70 existing homes and a further 11 new-builds. The company is the full energy storage provider for the scheme, supplying solar panels, inverters and batteries to allow the homes to capture solar energy and then store it in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way for later use.
AceOn’s VPP has a leading edge Smart Technology Platform, which helps to optimise the storage and use of Renewable energy and can even track weather forecast data to predict and understand the amount of solar energy that might be generated ahead of time. Surplus energy across all the homes within the VPP network is also aggregated and sold to the National Grid and Distribution Network Operators, both supporting the Grid and making money.
Louise Venton, Business Development Account Manager at the National Housing Federation, said: “The National Housing Federation are delighted to have AceOn on board as a Sector Supplier. We look forward to helping them build connections in the housing sector and support our members to meet net zero carbon targets. We understand the importance of this and welcome the positive difference that can be made to achieve the 2050 target.”
The NHF announcement comes just a month after the company was appointed as an approved partner by APSE Energy — part of the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) — positioning AceOn as the only partner/supplier of domestic renewable energy generation and storage for both organisations.
AceOn has over 25 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of custom-built battery packs and the distribution of industrial and consumer batteries to the worldwide market. The energy division provides a training, service and distribution centre to offer a full turnkey solution for residential and commercial battery energy storage systems.