Wattstor director, Mark Smith, contributed to a round table discussion regarding energy storage earlier this month, along with 20 other key players in the energy storage market from a wide variety of sectors including scientists, financers, & installers.
A general consensus has been reached that there needs to be greater regulation in the energy storage market from the likes of MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) or an associated body, which would help maintain a high standard of installations and workmanship. This reflects concerns which have been raised that as more and more installers look to diversify from PV installs to energy storage (due to dramatic subsidies in the renewable sector), there is a risk that the industry may be tarnished by a few poor quality installers and cowboys, who do unfortunately crop up from time to time. Wattstor have taken an active lead to mitigate this, by screening installers before being put onto our accredited installer network.
The round table discussions also focused on the need for differentiation between defining domestic and commercial installs. For example, is this set by amount of energy storage in kWh, or whether the install is on a single, split or three phase connection? Or is the install defined by the energy profile of the property and customer, like in Germany where the industry is 2-3 years ahead of the UK? Should there be VAT differences from commercial and domestic customers? Answers to these questions will become apparent over time, but discussions such as these are important in shaping the industries future.