“We are proud to be the UK’s 1st carbon neutrally produced and delivered cheese.” This is a statement we have worked extremely hard to be able to print and one that we hold deeply within the ethos of our business. Being carbon neutral is great, however we are striving to be independent form the grid completely, generating all of our power locally through green technologies.
The Solar PV contributes generously to our energy usage during the day, however obviously has its limitations in the evening and through the winter months. Looking for alternative sources of power led us down the wind turbine route. This will be great, hopefully filling in some of the gaps left by the PV. However, we are still governed by the weather patterns as to when we can generate power.
Another technology we have been following with interest is the battery storage market. Although in its early days there are certainly a couple of options that are outperforming in the market and we decided that a Tesla Powerwall 2 would be the best solution for our business, giving us 3 phase power, great storage capacity and a high charge/discharge rate – which some of the competition just can’t provide. By adding battery storage we would be able to have much more control over our energy consumption.
The next step was to find an installer we could trust and who could understand exactly what we were trying to achieve. The Little Green Energy Company had been recommended to us by friends and on looking at their website we were glad to see that they were already working with Tesla and were one of their certified installers.
Our first impressions were very good. Simon put us at ease with his knowledge of the industry and confirmation of our choice in products. He took time to understand what we were looking for and what we were trying to achieve. After the survey we didn’t have to wait long for a proposal that fitted our requirements. We decided on a 3 phase system ( 3 x Powerwalls), which would give us plenty of storage but also be flexible enough to add too ad a later date should we wish. It would also allow us to add a backup gateway at a later date to give us power in the event of a power cut.
The staff at Little Green then took care of all the paperwork and registrations required prior to installation. When it came to installation they did not disappoint. The installers were a credit to the company. Not only professional but very polite and friendly. They did a great job that was very neat and tidy and integrated perfectly with the rest of our installation. Once complete Vic then ran through how it all worked and answered any questions I had.
We are extremely pleased with the result and have managed to achieve complete off grid for a period of 10 days which includes producing over a ton of cheese and all our electric transport!
This has exceeded our expectations and look forward to seeing how it performs throughout the rest of the year. We would recommend The Little Green Energy Company as installers to anyone who is considering a renewable energy project.