Research undertaken by Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) – in partnership with the Solar Trade Association (STA) and Advance Further Energy – reveals the positive impacts of domestic smart energy technologies.

A report – sponsored by the MCS Charitable Foundation and Larkfleet Smart Homes and published (on 3 July) by the STA – draws on the research to examine the individual household benefits of smart energy technologies, and the contribution they make to the whole electricity system when scaled-up – including carbon reductions, energy bill savings, and improved system resilience.

Dr Philip Leicester, Research Fellow at CREST said:

“The new report demonstrates the impact that detailed modelling and simulation research can have on the development of sound, evidence-based policy and investment decision-making. Our work shows that domestic PV, in combination with electrical energy storage, offers significant benefits.”

Chris Hewett, Chief Executive of the STA explained:

“Deploying smart energy technologies across the country not only cuts carbon, helping households save on their energy bills, but can actively minimise spikes in electricity demand which place the grid under intense stress.”

Dr Andrew Crossland, Director of Advance Future Energy said:

“The decarbonisation of our homes represents a key pillar of a more sustainable, more resilient and more affordable energy system. We hope that this flagship report shows how simple policy changes can accelerate the transition to the smart power system.”