Engie launches solar PV and battery storage retrofit scheme
Engie has launched its Engie Zero retrofit scheme designed as a one-stop-shop to decentralise, digitalise and decarbonise homes.
The scheme, whilst being designed as fabric first, also covers solutions such as solar PV and battery storage alongside mechanical ventilation, long-term maintenance and monitoring and what Engie has described as a low carbon heating and hot water solution.
Smart technologies such as rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints can also be included, Engie said, as well as grid balancing technologies.
The company pointed to how the scheme utilises savings generated from the technologies alongside existing revenue streams and government incentives such as the Renewable Heat Incentive, Energy Companies Obligation and grid balancing agreements to help finance the upfront costs of the works.
It also cited its previous work with Energiesprong in delivering "some of the UK’s first net zero energy homes", experience it said helped to develop this new product that can be tailored to individual and local requirements. Local authorities, housing associations and registered providers will be able to implement the retrofit solutions.
Andy Merrin, divisional head of energy and innovation at Engie UK, said that the company chose to do a retrofit scheme due to 80% of the homes of 2050 already being in existence, meaning its “clear that our existing supply is a considerable threat to plans for a zero carbon future”.
He added that the new scheme will help to "eradicate fuel poverty and improve the quality of accommodation and wellbeing".
"We hope this, in turn, helps drive substantial investment towards mass-scale renovations, so we can deliver the necessary alterations to the built environment and help make zero carbon happen.”