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  • UPDATE - TESLA POWERWALL 2

    08 March 2017 01:36

    The Tesla Powerwall 2 is due into the UK very soon, demand is already outstripping supply!

    Following the launch of the Powerwall 2 back in October 2016 anticipation has been very high but technical information has been a little scarce. I hope to resolve at least one of those issues!

    I think I can safely say that the consensus in the industry is that the Powerwall 2 will revolutionise the way we consume electrical energy. The original Powerwall is a fantastic product and is a great way to make the best use of the excess solar electricity and to even out the consumption over the day. However, its power range is limited and has been found to be a little lacking for medium and high energy users, it was limited in the features it offers and there have been issues relating to the complexity of the installation.

    The Powerwall 2 is only available in the UK as an AC coupled unit, the DC version will not be supplied in the UK. The Powerwall 2 offers 13.2kWh of storage capacity, double that of the Powerwall 1 in a case which is similar in size and more streamlined. It can be wall or floor mounted, with the ability to stack and control up to nine units. Amazingly, for a product from a company with an exclusive reputation the Powerwall 2 has one of the lowest cost per kWh of storage on the market. Other products may be cheaper but they do not have the same capacity or offer full ten year warranties.

    I believe the AC Powerwall 2 will have a significant effect on the Solar and Energy Market, for these reasons:

    1, It is compatible with all existing solar PV systems. It has an inverter integrated into the case, which has a charge and discharge capacity of up to 5kW, though this is initially limited to 3.68kW to satisfy UK network requirements, I'll discuss this in more detail later. The battery connects directly into the fuseboard/consumer unit and has a wireless energy gateway to control it and provide online monitoring through a Tesla web-portal. The Powerwall 2 is a self contained independent unit which works seamlessly with your existing inverter and solar panels.

    2, It can charge from the grid when electricity rates are low and discharge when rates are high. It is not feasible with domestic sized PV systems to expect a full charge from the solar panels every day, all year. By taking advantage of economy 7 or other similar off peak tariffs it is possible to top up the battery at the lower rates and discharge it during higher rate periods. Reducing energy bills further and supporting the supply grid at times when it needs it.

    3, It could be used as a backup supply during power cuts. It is possible to purchase an automatic backup supply adaption kit for an extra cost, which will ensure you still have power in the event of grid failure. This option does involve extra equipment and electrical works to ensure the system remains safe and to G83/G59 regulations.

    Pre-Ordering Information


    Powerwall 2 will be arriving at the beginning of April. We have received a great deal of interest in the battery and are expecting a rush and also possible stock shortages.

    We are now able to pre-order the units directly with Tesla for a £400 deposit and get them allocated from the first shipment due into Europe. The advertised cost is £6,350 for the DC version plus the cost extra SolarEdge equipment required the higher priced AC version is not yet advertised by Tesla. We are pricing the AC versions at £6,999 inclusive of installation and additional equipment.

    Tesla are also taking Pre-Orders through their website at www.tesla.com , when an order is placed you will receive an email with a reservation number in the format EN-1234567, please forward this to myself at matthew@ctsrenewables.co.uk and it will be allocated by ourselves as a priority installation.


    Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, more information on our products and services can found on our website www.ctsrenewables.co.uk or you can call our office on 01623 422254.


    Kind Regards



    Matthew Baxter
    Sales & Marketing Director

  • Does the RHI increase signal the end of the gas boiler?? Renewable Heat Incentive Breaking News

    21 December 2016 04:56

    The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy has just announced some significant changes to the RHI. The full consultation response was published yesterday but the highlights are as follows:

    • The Air Source Heat Pump RHI will increase from 7.51p to 10.02p, an increase of 33% 
    • Biomass RHI will increase from 4.21p to 6.44p, an increase of over 50% 
    • Solar thermal remains eligible for Domestic RHI but no change to the rate of 19.74p/kWh, although only until 1st April.
    • AND IMPORANTLY - Although the new rates don't take effect until 1st April 2017, any install between now and then will automatically move on to the higher rates in April. 
    There is a cap on the total heat claim for biomass of 25,000 kWh and 20,000kWh for heat pumps. The caps only apply to installs registered after April, so properties with heat losses higher than the caps would be advised to have an installation completed ASAP.
    We think these changes prove that the Government is committed to helping properties move away from carbon intensive heating systems such as mains gas. In particular the improvement to the RHI for air source heat pumps is very significant and will help to bring the technology into the mainstream.
    While an Air Source Heat Pump is only marginally cheaper to run than a mains gas boiler there are other important benefits, such as:
    • Our calculations indicate that an average 3/4 bedroom property should expect the RHI to pay for the full cost of installation over 7 years with some money left over to put towards heating costs.
    • Houses with Solar PV can expect the solar to contribute towards a proportion of the heating costs in Summer, Spring and Autumn. A reasonable contribution from a 4kW PV system would be between 7-10%.
    • Heat pumps are a time served reliable technology which are arguably safer than gas boilers due to no production of carbon monoxide or risk of explosive gas leaks.
    • Houses with electric cooking facilities can disconnect the supply and stop paying gas daily standing charges.
    Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, more information on our products and services can found on our website www.ctsrenewables.co.uk or you can call our office on 01623 422254.
    Kind Regards

    Matthew Baxter 
  • Lower "Feed in Tariff" rates begin on the 1st October 2016

    11 August 2016 01:28

    Just a quick notice for anybody considering installing a Solar PV system or who have interested friends and family interested in the technology. As of the 1st October the new lower FIT rate of 4.18p per kWh will be put into place for all systems smaller than 10kWp. This lower rate is in line with new government imposed digression model.

    CTS Renewables Ltd has installation dates available for customers wanting to install before the deadline and don't forget our Refer a Friend Scheme, which pays £100 if you refer a friend or family who goes on to purchase a Solar PV, Biomass or Heat Pump.system. T&C's apply.

    Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, more information on our products and services can found on our website www.ctsrenewables.co.uk or you can call our office on 01623 422254.

    Kind Regards


    Matthew Baxter
    Sales & Marketing Director

  • Tesla Powerwall - Options, Price Increases, Long Term Battery Pricing, Tesla Rumors Debunked!

    03 August 2016 09:08

    1: Tesla Powerwall Options

    Working is Partnership with SolarEdge and SMA, Tesla have been able to configure the Powerwall to enable compatibility with ALL INVERTER MANUFACTURERS. Upon its release, Tesla Powerwall's were only compatible with PV Systems using SolarEdge Inverters.

    Of particular interest to SMA owners is the AC Coupled solution, the "SUNNY BOY STORAGE 2.5", the battery inverter can be installed or expanded in any location, at any time. The Sunny Boy Storage is a true jack-of-all-trades, one that uses high-voltage technology to make it cost-efficient and light weight. It also uses just a few components, because the most important functions for intelligent battery management are already integrated. It can be combined with numerous types of energy: PV, wind energy, combined heat and power plants.


    SolarEdge have their standard DC coupled system which is compatible with most existing pre-installed SolarEdge inverters. In addition, SolarEdge have created an AC coupled solution as part of its "StorEdge" product interface by re-configuring their tried and tested, SE-3500 inverter as a dedicated battery inverter.


    Both AC Solutions are compatible with almost any other existing inverter, and any battery storage system will work with FEED IN TARIFF AND EXPORT PAYMENTS.

    2: Revised Typical Installed Prices:
    In the short term, to generate interest CTS Renewables Ltd were able to offer the Tesla packages at prices significantly lower than the industry average for early adopters, however due to changes in exchange rates for both Dollars and Euro's alongside the slower than expected battery price reductions, As of 20/08/16, we can no longer offer the rates provided in previous emails and correspondence.

    £4,499 - Tesla Powerwall to connect into existing compatible SolarEdge Inverter.

    £4,799 - Tesla Powerwall to connect into any other inverter using the SMA or SolarEdge AC Coupling Solution

    3: Long Term Battery Pricing
    There has been a great deal of discussion on forums, message boards and within the industry about significant reductions in battery pricing in the near future. At a recent event attended by the BBC's technology reporter, Dave Lee, at the new Tesla Battery "Gigafactory" which is due to fully open in 2020, Elon Musk discussed potential battery cell savings of up to 30%. Which is a significant saving but it needs to be put into perspective.

    Firstly its four years away and will no doubt be phased over that period. Secondly, these are expected savings for the battery cells, and not the other components which form the battery and its installation. Other costs which are not likely to change significantly include, the housing, US shipping, import taxes, UK delivery, wholesaler margins, other components such as cabling, SMA/SolarEdge battery inverters, and CTS Renewables installation cost. With all the other aspects considered I would expect that a 30% reduction in cell cost could only result in a 10-15% reduction in overall install cost. Finally, Non of this takes into account any additional price increases expected by the poor exchange rates with the Dollar and Euro.

    This is vastly different from expectations of up to 50% reductions in the coming few months, as discussed in forums. I was expecting more significant changes and sooner, but it would appear that they will be much more conservative. I do however stand to be corrected!

    4: Tesla Rumors Debunked
    There have been a few articles recently in Tech Magazines and blogs regarding a Powerwall 2 which will be more powerful than the current Powerwall. According to my discussions directly with Tesla the rumors are groundless.

    The only revision to the Powerwall is its newly released compatibility with the SMA Sunny Storage 2.5, any discussions regarding extra capacity is confusing its original advertised capacity, which was revised down to allow an advertised Depth of Discharge of 100%, or their 10kw backup version which has a different configuration.

    Inside the Powerwall is a single self contained battery pack which you will find in the Tesla cars (which also have more packs). To upgrade the Powerwall would mean a change across the entire product range. Any near future revisions will be aesthetic to the housing or to the wiring centre to ease installation of the equipment.


    CTS Renewables Ltd are able to offer alternative storage solutions from LG, Samsung and we are one of the few installers accredited to install the Tesla Powerwall. Follow this LINK to read more detailed information on battery storage systems from our latest information flyer.


    Thank you for taking the time to read our newscast, more information on our products and services can found on our website www.ctsrenewables.co.uk or you can call our office on 01623 422254.


    Kind Regards

    Matthew Baxter
    Sales & Marketing Director

  • June News Flash - Batteries and FITS - Servicing - CTS Tree Services

    23 June 2016 05:50

    June News Flash

    Batteries do not affect FIT's and Exports, Servicing Renewable Technologies, Coming Soon - CTS Tree Services

    Welcome to the June 2016 News Release from CTS Renewables. This month we clear up some confusion over solar battery systems, review the benefits of servicing and maintenance and give details of our latest development.

    1 - Batteries Do Not affect FIT and Export payments, I have been receiving several calls regarding how a battery system will affect payments. The battery is a temporary store of the electricity only, all solar generation goes through the solar meter sooner or later.

    With DC coupled systems such as SolarEdge/Tesla, Growatt or Solax/LG the solar electricity is effectively diverted directly from the panels to be temporarily stored in the battery, when that stored electricity is required in periods of low generation it goes through the inverter, converted to AC and passes through the generation meter. What you will find is the generation meter starting to flash at night as the battery is being drawn upon.

    With AC coupled systems such as the new SMA/Tesla combination, the solar electricity is immediately converted to AC by the inverter as normal and then converted back to DC for temporary storage. The battery can be fitted before or after the generation meter, and will therefore be counted either after or before usage. Either way its always accounted for!

    With regards to Export payments, any systems below 30kw are are declared to be deemed export payments only, which means they are based on an assumption of 50% of the FIT generated rather than actual calculated export. Some of our customers with systems below 30kw have requested export meters to be fitted, because they know that they export more than they use, they have been refused a meter on every occasion. There is no appetite with the suppliers to bother with the effort of metering FIT payments below 30k, equally there is no requirement to notify them of storage systems such as batteries and iboosts. Export is payed as normal.

    2 - Servicing Renewable Technologies - CTS Renewables customers whom have had Heat Pump, Biomass Boilers and Solar Thermal Systems fitted, will already know that we are able to provide servicing on our installed products. But, there are other newsletter subscribers which may not be aware that we can provide Servicing, maintenance and health checks for the following products and technologies whether we installed them or not. With the highlighted brands, we are manufacturer approved technicians:

    Air Source Heat Pumps - (Dimplex, Samsung and Panasonic only)
    Biomass Boilers - (Windhager, Okofen, Grant, MCZ only)
    Solar Thermal - All sealed systems

    It is essential to keep your service schedule up-to-date in order to maintain manufacturer warranties, optimise the efficiency of the units and to identify possible faults in their early stages, before the repair costs increase.

    Solar PV - This service is a great option for customers who are looking to ensure that their system is achieving optimum performance for the best Feed in Tariff income.

    Additionally we are aware that there has been several Solar PV companies who are no longer trading, leaving customers without equipment support or possibly poorly performing installations. As part of the health check we can identify faults and provide solutions.

    3 - CTS Tree Services - For several years now my business partner, Ben Moss has been undertaking tree work as a "fun" distraction from his normal day to day work!. As often happens with side projects, the amount of interest in the service generated purely by word of mouth and recommendation, is such that we have decided to build a business around it. CTS Tree Services, is a new project which will soon be fully operational, and we intend to provide the same quality experience to our Tree Service customers as we provide to our Renewables customers. If you have any projects you wish to discuss please contact Ben in the office on 01623 422254 or visit our soon to be launched website www.ctstreeservices.co.uk

    Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, more information on our products and services can found on our website www.ctsrenewables.co.uk or you can call our office on 01623 422254.

    Kind Regards


    Matthew Baxter
    Sales & Marketing Director

  • Growatt Battery Storage Offer.

    23 May 2016 03:27

    Working with Growatt, one of the worlds largest inverter manufacturers, we have been able to put together a fantastic entry level battery storage package.

    Utilising the SP2000 Battery controller and the GBLI 5001 Lithium Battery, we can deliver a package which offers the following features.

    • Compatible with most inverter manufacturers.
    • Up to 5kWh of Lithium Ion battery storage, which is enough for most households.
    • 2000W of Charge/Discharge capacity.
    • DC charging directly from the solar panels, more efficient than AC method.
    • Wifi connectivity and in depth consumption monitoring.
    • 10 Year lifespan, with 5 year product warranty.
    • Compact Design.
    This is a great entry level system for households with low to medium energy usage, and is a perfect solution for people looking to significantly reduce their reliance on electricity from the grid, by utilising the FREE electricity from their Solar Panels.

    This system can be yours for only £3,350, supplied and installed. Subject to survey.

    ***BANK HOLIDAY OFFER***
    FIRST FIVE CUSTOMERS TO BUY WILL RECEIVE A 5% DISCOUNT 
    CTS Renewables Ltd are able to offer alternative storage solutions from LG, Samsung and we are one of the few installers accredited to install the Tesla Powerwall.

    Thank you for taking the time to read our newscast, more information on our products and services can found on our website www.ctsrenewables.co.uk or you can call our office on 01623 422254.

  • Tesla Powerwall In Action!

    10 May 2016 12:33

    Having previously discussed battery storage systems in the April 2016 News Release I thought it might be interesting to provide a brief view on how a Tesla Powerwall looks in situ, and also a typical weeks consumption with the battery in place.

    This particular installation was a retrofit to an existing 4Kw Solar system on a South East facing roof in Leicester. The Powerwall was installed onto a garage wall close to the existing SolarEdge inverter which was on the wall opposite.

    The picture below displays the Tesla Powerwall, Inverter along with the SolarEdge StorEdge Interface. As the name suggests, the interface is the communications and wiring link between the battery and inverter.



    This system has been up and running for several days now, below is a screenshot of a typical weeks usage broken down into solar production (Green), consumption (Red) and self consumption (Blue). Self consumption is the combined consumption of electricity from the battery and solar panels, consumption is when electricity is being imported from the grid.

    Electricity is only imported when the home uses more than the 3500 watts of supply available from the battery, if the battery has been fully discharged or for a brief moment when the battery if changing from charging to discharging.



    It is startling to see how little electricity is being imported, 93% of the home's electricity is being supplied by the panels and supplemented by battery storage in evenings and poor generation periods. This equates to the customer spending less than 90p on electricity for a week.

    Obviously this is only a snapshot of one week for one customer's usage but the results are compelling.

    CTS Renewables Ltd are one of the few installers accredited to install the Tesla Powerwall, which is now compatable with SMA inverters alongside Solaredge. We also supply and install similar battery storage systems manufactured by LG and Samsung.

    Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, more information on our products and services can found on our website www.ctsrenewables.co.uk or you can call our office on 01623 422254.

    Kind Regards


    Matthew Baxter
    Sales & Marketing Directo

  • April News Flash - Battery Storage Special

    30 March 2016 02:37

    Welcome to the April 2016 News Release from CTS Renewables Ltd. This Month we concentrate on the latest developments in Battery Storage Solutions, if you would like any additional information please ring the office on 01623 422254.

    A solar PV system converts sunlight into electricity which is automatically used to charge a battery storage system and directly power a property with any excess being routed back to the grid. Any shortfall of power, such as peak use times or at night, is supplied by the battery at first then topped up by your energy supplier if the battery becomes depleted or overloaded by demand.

    Solar PV operates on light intensity, not heat, so even if the day seems cold, if there is light, the system will be generating electricity, PV systems will therefore generate electricity all year round. typical usage of the energy generated is 50%, but with battery storage, usage can become 80%. We have calculated that with a typical system size of 4kw and a battery storage solution of around 6kWh, customers should be mainly off grid for spring, summer and autumn, and pretty much using all the winter generation.

    Please be aware that this is not a battery backup system, but a storage system enabling more effective usage of energy generated. Battery backup systems are not compliant with UK grid systems (G83/2) and as such require additional measures to manually switch the system off the grid and also separate high usage circuits within the property.

    All the solutions CTS Renewables Ltd are providing use Lithium Ion batteries rather than Lead Acid. This is because Lithium batteries are the most energy dense (power/space taken), have improved discharge cycles (usage lifespan) and have a depth of discharge of around 90% rather than 50% for lead acid (DOD is the usable proportion of the battery capacity, a 10kWh lead acid battery only provides 5kWh of usable energy!)

    Due to the size and weight of the battery it stands on the ground and is secured against a wall. This means it is most suited for installation into an attached garage or similar type location.

    1 - Tesla Powerwall 6.4
    CTS Renewables Ltd are please to announce that we are one of the few Certified installers of the Tesla Powerwall storage solution. We feel that this is a great reflection on our commitment to quality installations as Solaredge and Tesla hand picked a limited number of companies to install this fantastic product.

    Each Powerwall has a 6.4 kWh energy storage capacity, sufficient to power most homes during the evening using electricity generated by solar panels during the day. Multiple batteries may be installed together for homes with greater energy needs. Powerwall stores electricity generated by solar panels during the day and makes it available to your home in the evening. This bridges the gap between peak solar and peak demand, allowing you to use your photons when you need them, potentially becoming "net zero". A net zero energy rating means that your home produces as much energy as it consumes, but is still connected to the utility grid for periods of high demand.

    Specs - 6.4kWh of storage at 100% depth of discharge, up to 3.3kw discharge power, rated for internal and external mounting, 1302 mm x 862 mm x 183 mm / 97kg. 10 year product warranty. https://www.teslamotors.com/en_GB/powerwall

    Currently the Tesla Powerwall is only compatible with recent model SolarEdge Inverters. Other Battery Systems are available or it is possible to upgrade your existing system to Solaredge for an additional charge.

    To add a Tesla Powerwall onto an existing SolarEdge system would be from £4,499,
    To install a new system with 4kw Canadian Solar Panels, Solaredge and Tesla would be from £9,599

    2 - SolaX SK-SU3700e Solar Battery Inverter with LG Chem Resu 6.4EX Lithium 5.76kWh Battery Module
    For customers without Solaredge Inverters already installed we have put together an alternative but equally attractive battery storage solution. In this package the existing inverter is replaced as it is more cost effective and efficient to replace with a Hybrid inverter such as the SolaX as it is to add a dedicated battery inverter onto an existing system. We have paired it with a quality Battery module made by LG Chem.

    The ground-breaking SolaX X-Hybrid is much more than just an inverter. It is an intelligent, integrated system that manages the energy you generate effectively and efficiently. Specs - Manage remotely via built-in CT and WiFi monitoring. Dual MPPT, Maximum DC 5000W, Maximum DC 550V. AC Nominal Power 4600W. Euro Efficiency 97%. Discharge Power 2500W. Dimensions mm - W490 / H595 / D167. 10 Year manufacturer warranty.

    The LG Chem RESU 6.4 EX is a high quality Lithium Ion battery system that allows the storage of 6.4kWh energy. It is manufactured by LG Chem a leader in Li-ion technology and a trusted brand around the world. 5.8kWh Usable Storage (90% DOD), 3.2 kWh Expansion Pack Available, >6000 charge cycles >10 year lifespan. Dimensions mm - W406 / H664 / D165, weight 60kg. http://www.solaxuk.co.uk/x-hybrid-battery-storage/

    To add a SolaX/LG storage system onto an existing PV system would be from £4,499.
    To install a new system with 4kw Canadian Solar Panels, SolaX X Hybrid and LG Chem Resu 6.4EX would be from £8,449.

    3 - Samsung ESS SDI Solar Battery Storage System
    For Customers without Solaredge or those looking for a neat and compact "All in One" product the Samsung ESS SDI is a perfect solution which combines the PV inverter with Lithium-Ion battery storage capabilities. It optimises power yield and has an intuitive remote monitoring system which can detect errors in advance.

    System Specs:
    Inverter - Dual MPPT, Maximum DC 6600W (3300 x2), Maximum DC 550V. AC Nominal Power 3680/4600W. Euro Efficiency 95%. Discharge Power 2000W. Dimensions mm - W1000 / H680 / D267.
    Battery - 3.6kWh Lithium Ion Battery, 90% Depth of Discharge - 3.24kWh of usable storage, 6000 charge cycle warranty, 5 year manufacturer product warranty, 10 year performance warranty. https://myess.samsungsdi.com/prod/prod.do#0

    To add a Samsung ESS SDI system onto an existing PV system would be from £4,499.
    To install a new system with 4kw Canadian Solar Panels and Samsung ESS SDI would be from £8,999.

    Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, more information on our products and services can found on our website www.ctsrenewables.co.uk or you can call our office on 01623 422254.

    Kind Regards



    Matthew Baxter
    Sales & Marketing Director

  • New FIT Rates now apply - 4kW PV for £3,999, Tesla Battery Backup on the way

    21 January 2016 02:12

    Welcome to the January 2016 News Release from CTS Renewables. Please find below a selection of current news stories and offers, if you would like any additional information please ring the office on 01623 422254.

    1 - January FIT Rates Now Apply – After a long and drawn out consultation process the government has released its plans for the future of the Feed in Tariff. The consultation, which ran from 27 August to 23 October, originally set out to cut the feed-in tariff rates by as much as 87%, enact quarterly installation capacity caps and ultimately withdraw subsidy support on 1 January 2019.

    It received more than 55,000 responses and was widely condemned by the industry, the general public and politicians alike.

    The announced rates are not as severe as expected, here at CTS Renewables we are confident that Solar PV can still be an attractive proposition to electricity consumers.

    The new rates are as follows:

    0-10kW - 4.39p
    10-50kW - 4.59p
    50-250kW - 2.70p
    250kW-1000kW - 2.27p
    >1MW - 0.87p
    Stand alone - 0.87p

    The full consultation response also sets out how the new rates - based upon offering a return of 4.8% - are to be introduced.

    Due to the Christmas recess the changes do not come into effect until 8 February 2016. In order to protect the new budget allocation of £100 million, DECC has elected to enact a four-week pause on new feed-in tariff installations which will run from 15 January to 8 February 2016.

    Any installation made between those dates will not be eligible for the previous rates and will receive the new 4.39p rate from 8 February onward. The first rate will run from 8 February to 31 March, after which digressions will begin to occur.

    Also included in the response are details of deployment caps. The government states that it considered these to be the “most robust” method of cost control and that a total spend of £100 million per year from April 2019 to be an “appropriate” allocation. As a result, the below caps on deployment will be put into place on a quarterly basis.

    A queuing system is to be introduced, meaning that if a particular cap is reached then all new installations will be placed in a queue for when the next cap opens. There is no guarantee that these installations will received FiT payments until they are registered under the following cap, nor is there a guarantee on which the rate they will receive.

    There is however a “rollover” clause which means that any unused capacity from a particular deployment cap will be added on top of the next quarter. Clause 1.42 of the response also includes mention of a “budget reconciliation” which could open the door for a possible revisit of the rates on offer should deployment nose dive and it appear that the £100 million budget would not be utilized in full.

    2 – 4kw PV System from £3,999 -  CTS Renewables has been able to secure package deals with the UK’s largest PV wholesaler and are able to offer a 16 panel 4kw system onto a single aspect for as little as £3,999. For a house in Derby with a south facing roof using 50% of the electricity generated, it could mean a break even point of just over 6 years based on the new FIT rates. Also available is 4kW system using the all black Canadian Solar 265 panels for a fantastic price of £4,499.

    These systems include a 10 year insurance backed warranty, VAT, scaffolding all fully fitted by our own installation teams. Smaller system sizes are available. Please contact the office for further details.

    5 – Battery Backup – The battery backup market is moving apace, new products are being released all the time. Customer interest is at an all time high, people want to take full advantage of the Solar Electricity that is being generated and be "Off Grid" as much as possible.

    CTS Renewables are particularly excited about the new Tesla Powerwall system which works alongside solaredge inverters. The Powerwall has all the hallmarks of a great product with great storage capacity, pricing and longevity. We expect this solution to become available in the next few weeks.

    In addition solutions from Samsung, LG and SMA are beginning to become available. Over the next few weeks CTS Renewables staff are undertaking a range of manufacturer training programs to allow us to offer comprehensive and informed range of battery back-up solutions for our customers.

    4 – Solar Thermal Deals – With much of the limelight over the years on Solar PV, Solar Thermal systems have seen a marked reduction in their popularity. That however, appears to be changing. In the last six months CTS Renewables has installed as many solar thermal systems than we have done in the previous four years. We attribute this partially to significant reductions in installation costs, partially to the introduction of the  domestic RHI scheme, but mainly we find that our sales come from our satisfied Solar PV, Biomass and Heat Pump Customers who are looking to add to their energy saving portfolio of products.

    Solar Thermal Panels are a great addition to any property with a non-combi boiler based heating system as they can reliably provide domestic hot water over the summer months, enabling customers to reduce running times for their boilers over these months and also supplement hot water generation in the colder months. For those customers already accessing the domestic RHI for their Biomass or Heat Pump systems, you are still able to access the RHI for solar thermal in addition to your current RHI payments. The same can be said for Feed in Tariff payments.

    In addition a significant proportion of our installations are fitted to properties with Solar PV and Immersun/Iboost systems. These technologies can complement each other as the solar thermal preheats the incoming cold water before it reaches the immersion heater element. The combination of the two technologies mean that you are able to greatly extend the days of the year for which the sun can heat your hot water. The average amount of roof space required for solar thermal is 1m² per person and a solar thermal compatible hot water cylinder will need to be in place or installed by our plumbers.

    Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, more information on our products and services can be found at www.ctsrenewables.co.uk, or you can call our office on 01623 422254.

    Kind Regards


    Matthew Baxter
    Sales & Marketing Director

  • 87% FIT Cuts in January, 4kW PV for £4,999, Manual Okofen Boiler Offer, Solar Thermal Deals, Tesla Battery Backup

    06 September 2015 10:32

    Welcome to the September News Release from CTS Renewables. Please find below a selection of current news stories and offers, if you would like any additional information please ring the office on 01623 422254.

    1 - 87% FIT Cuts in January – We have long been aware of the standard 3% FIT rate drop scheduled for the 1st October but now the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is proposing to cut the feed-in tariff rates for solar PV installations by as much as 87%. Publishing the outcome of the long-awaited feed-in tariff review, the government is proposing deep cuts to all bands from 1 January 2016.

    Below are the proposed generation tariffs for 1 January 2016:

    Capacity               Feed-in tariff rate (p/kWh)
    0-10kW                 1.63
    10-50kW              3.69
    50-250kW            2.64
    250-1000kW       2.28
    >1MW                  1.03
    Stand alone        1.03

    In addition to the severe cuts to the tariff rate, DECC is also looking to enforce default degression each quarter which would see FiT support for some scales of solar end on 1 January 2019. DECC will still implement a contingent degression mechanism that could degress tariff rates by  a further 10% depending on deployment. While this is just a proposal at the moment previous proposals have all gone through as suggested of close to it.

    Obviously, this is going to have a huge impact on the industry, in the short term however we expect and are already seeing signs of a rush to install similar to the last massive FIT rate cut and are putting on extra installation teams to accommodate.

    If you, friends or family intend to have a Solar PV system installed then we would suggest you start to make plans ASAP. We still have installation dates available and offer the £100 “Refer a Friend” Scheme.

    2 – 4kw All Black PV System £4,999 -  CTS Renewables has been able to secure package deals with the UK’s largest PV wholesaler and are able to offer 15/16 panel 4kw All Black PV systems using Seraphim 265 or Perlight Delta Black 250 along with a Solis / Zeversolar Inveter. These systems include a 10 year insurance backed warranty, VAT, scaffolding all fully fitted by our own installation teams. Please contact the office for further details.

    3 - Manual Okofen Boiler Offer - Following the success of our 2014 autumn offer on the entry-level ÖkoFEN hand-fill wood pellet boiler, we are delighted to announce that we are able to bring you an even better deal in 2015. From September 1st - 30th November 2015, this beautifully designed Austrian boiler has been reduced by up to £2,500.

    The Renewable Heat Incentive has been dropping over the past few months for Biomass Boilers because of its unexpected popularity, but following the next RHI drop on the 1st of October, we expect that to stabilise over the next few months. With the amazing reductions and the winter weather upon us, now is a great time to see if a biomass heating system is a good option for your home. And remember the domestic RHI for biomass currently pays 7.42p for every kwh required to heat your home for 7 years!

    4 – Solar Thermal Deals – With much of the limelight over the years on Solar PV, Solar Thermal systems have seen a marked reduction in their popularity. That however, appears to be changing. In the last six months CTS Renewables has installed as many solar thermal systems than we have done in the previous four years. We attribute this partially to significant reductions in installation costs, partially to the introduction of the  domestic RHI scheme, but mainly we find that our sales come from our satisfied Solar PV, Biomass and Heat Pump Customers who are looking to add to their energy saving portfolio of products.

    Solar Thermal Panels are a great addition to any property with a non-combi boiler based heating system as they can reliably provide domestic hot water over the summer months, enabling customers to reduce running times for their boilers over these months and also supplement hot water generation in the colder months. For those customers already accessing the domestic RHI for their Biomass or Heat Pump systems, you are still able to access the RHI for solar thermal in addition to your current RHI payments. The same can be said for Feed in Tariff payments.

    In addition a significant proportion of our installations are fitted to properties with Solar PV and Immersun/Iboost systems. These technologies can complement each other as the solar thermal preheats the incoming cold water before it reaches the immersion heater element. The combination of the two technologies mean that you are able to greatly extend the days of the year for which the sun can heat your hot water. The average amount of roof space required for solar thermal is 1m² per person and a solar thermal compatible hot water cylinder will need to be in place or installed by our plumbers.

    5 – Tesla Battery Backup – One of the founding principles of CTS Renewables is that we do not install equipment we would not be happy to install into our own homes. This has been particularly pertinent for the installation of battery backup systems. Current solutions on the market are either too expensive, too small (storage capacity) or too unreliable (battery longevity). This is true even for some large household name products which have entered the market.

    However here at CTS Renewables we are getting very excited about the upcoming Tesla Powerwall System. Tesla manufacture electric sports cars, and are about to complete construction of the world’s largest battery production facility. The        Powerwall has all the hallmarks of a great product with suitable storage capacity, pricing and longevity. It can integrate into existing inverter systems, though Solaredge and Fronius are the only companies to officially partner with Tesla, oh and it looks great too!

    We are in the process of becoming an authorised installer for Tesla so will keep you updated as it progresses towards the expected launch date in the new year.


    Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, more information on ouR products and serivices can be found at www.ctsrenewables.co.uk, or you can call our office on 01623 422254.

    Kind Regards


    Matthew Baxter
    Sales & Marketing Director

  • FIT and RHI Tariff changes to come into effect on 1st July.

    24 February 2015 03:52

    Ofgem has announced that as of 1st of July there will be changes to the Tariffs for Solar PV, effecting systems from 0-4kw, 4-10kw and 50kw+. These will all be subject to the 3.5% digression model.

    Additionally, both the Domestic RHI and Non Domestic RHI will see tariff digression at an expected 10% each.

    CTS Renewables still have installation capacity for these works, phone our office for details.

  • Claim your FREE* electric vehicle charging unit for your home.

    22 May 2014 03:59

    Regardless of whether you have an electric vehicle (EV) or not, CTS Renewables has been awarded accreditation and funding from the Government to install a free EV charging unit at your home.

    Cleaner on the environment and easy on the conscience, an electric vehicle is definitely the way forward. In the coming months almost every leading car manufacturer in the world will launch at least one plug in electric vehicle (EV) into the market with many launching multiple EV models, it is the future of motoring. An electric car charge point will become a vital component for millions of home owners and their visitors.

    If you or your family are considering owning an electric car, why not take advantage of current, but limited government funding, and have a completely free charging point installed now. Not only will this smart bit of kit future proof your property, at a usual cost of around £1,500 it will also add value.

    So what’s included in the free offer?

    Thanks to the government’s “Offi ce for Low Emission Vehicles” free installation scheme, CTS Renewables are able to offer a package accessible to most UK homeowners. In order to be eligible you must be the homeowner or have permission from the homeowner, have off street parking adjacent to a suitable EV charger installation position, a good mobile phone signal to send anonymous usage data to OLEV in order to meet grant requirements and of course, an electricity connection!

    If these few requirements are met CTS Renewables will assess the property for suitability and arrange an installation to include:

    • A free 16 Amp charging point with universal vehicle connection facility. (more powerful 32 Amp charger available for small cost.)
    • An additional two way consumer unit if current consumer unit is full.
    • Fitting of an earth rod if necessary.
    • Home unit to be located no more than 15m from electric distribution board.
    • Supply cable will be affixed flush to the wall - not trenched or hidden behind walls/through joists.
    • On site survey and standard installation by a fully-trained CTS Renewables electrician on the same day for
    your convenience.
    • 3 year warranty.
    • If the installation is classed as “non-standard” it may still be completed at a small upfront extra cost.

    AND REMEMBER YOU DO NOT NEED AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE
    OF THIS FANTASTIC OFFER!




  • The domestic RHI scheme finally opens for applications on 9 April 2014.

    22 May 2014 03:45

    The domestic RHI scheme opened on 9 April 2014. It is a financial incentive scheme designed to encourage uptake of renewable heating among domestic consumers. The domestic RHI is targeted at, but not limited to, homes off the gas grid. Those without mains gas have the most potential to save on fuel bills and decrease carbon emissions.

    The scheme will cover single domestic dwellings and will be open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders. It will not be open to new build properties other than self-build.

    The domestic RHI will pay the following tariffs per unit of heat generated for seven years:

    Air-source heat pumps 7.3p/kWh
    Ground and water-source heat pumps 18.8p/kWh
    Biomass-only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers 12.2p/kWh
    Solar thermal panels (flat plate and evacuated tube for hot water only) 19.2 p/kWh

    The tariffs have been set at a level that reflects the expected cost of renewable heat generation over 20 years. Payments will be made on a quarterly basis.

    The launch of the scheme follows extensive consultation on how a financial incentive would work best for householders and landlords.

  • DECC confirms domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs

    14 July 2013 08:29

    Householders could get paid hundreds of pounds a year for heat generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed today.

    The tariff levels have been set at 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps; 12.2p/kWh for biomass boilers; 18.8p/kWh for ground source heat pumps and at least 19.2 p/kWh for solar thermal.

    The new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for householders is designed to drive forward uptake of renewable heat technologies in homes across Great Britain to cut carbon, help meet renewables targets and save money on bills. The scheme is a world first, and has been up and running for the non - domestic sector since November 2011.

    Today’s announcement follows extensive consultation on how a financial incentive would work best for householders and takes into account lessons learned from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment grant scheme (RHPP) and the RHI non domestic scheme.

    Greg Barker said:

    “The Coalition is committed to helping hardworking families with the cost of living.

    “Investing for the long term in new renewable heat technologies will mean cleaner energy and cheaper bills. So this package of measures is a big step forward in our drive to get innovative renewable heating kit in our homes.

    “Householders can now invest in a range of exciting heating technologies knowing how much the tariff will be for different renewable heat technologies and benefit from the clean green heat produced. We are also sending a clear signal to industry that the Coalition is 110 percent committed to boosting and sustaining growth in this sector.”

    Eligible applicants

    The scheme will be made available to homeowners, private and social landlords, third party owners of heating systems and people who build their own homes. Anyone who has installed a renewable heat technology since 15 July 2009 and meets the scheme eligibility criteria will be able to join the scheme.

    Eligible technologies

    RHI domestic will support air to water heat pumps; biomass only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with back boilers; ground and water source heat pumps; flat plate and evacuated tube solar thermal panels.

    Tariff payments

    Payments will be made on a quarterly basis for seven years. The tariffs have been set at a level that reflects the expected cost of renewable heat generation over 20 years. In most cases, payments will be made based on estimated heat demand of the property. DECC will offer an extra set payment of £230 per year where consumers take out metering and monitoring support packages for heat pumps and £200 for biomass boilers.

    Scheme requirements

    Applicants will need to complete a Green Deal Assessment before submitting their application and must ensure they have met minimum loft (250mm) and cavity wall insulation requirements, where appropriate. All installations and installers must be MCS certified (or certified by an equivalent scheme). MCS certified installers are currently required to be members of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, which is backed by the Trading Standards Institute.

    Covering the upfront costs of renewable heating kit

    Money off vouchers are available under the RHPP scheme. Householders who receive money under RHPP will have this amount deducted from any future RHI payments to avoid a double subsidy.

    The RHI for householders will be administered by Ofgem and more details on how to apply will be published in due course. Pre-application enquiries should be directed to the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

    DECC is currently finalising the details of the expansion of the non-domestic RHI scheme and will confirm the way forward in the autumn alongside the outcome of the tariff review. DECC’s aim to introduce these changes from Spring 2014 remains unchanged.

    Government has also published the response to the consultation on revisions to the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Quality Assurance programme which determines eligibility of this technology for support under the Renewables Obligation. The changes will apply to new CHP plants and will come into effect on 1 January 2014.

  • CTS Renewables announce Accredited Green Deal Installer status. (Mansfield, Nottinghamshire)

    06 January 2013 03:08

    CTS Renewables, is pleased to announce that we have been authorised by the Green Deal scheme as an accredited installer. CTS Renewables are now fully accredited by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to install Green Deal measures through a registered Green Deal Provider.

    The Green Deal is a government funded finance mechanism aimed at making our homes more energy efficient. For landlords and homeowners the Green Deal gives you the opportunity to install microgeneration and energy saving systems without any up-front investment, qualify for the Feed-in-Tariff/Renewable Heat Incentive and pay for the system through the savings made on energy bills.

    The ‘Golden Rule’ of the Green Deal is Estimated savings on bills will always equal or exceed the cost of the work. Therefore any suggested work made by the Green deal Assessor must make savings must be equal to or greater than the costs attached to the energy bill.

    Being a certified Green Deal installer, CTS Renewables can supply and fit: Biomass boilers, Solar Thermal, Solar PV, Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps and Wind Turbines for customers through Green Deal Finance . All these microgeneration systems qualify for either the Feed-in-Tariff or the Renewable Heat Incentive as soon as the installation is commissioned.

    For customers to have confidence in the Green Deal the DECC has put specific measures in place to enable only suitably qualified, well managed companies access to the scheme. Being a Green Deal installer CTS Renewables is PAS 2030 certified, must adhere to the Green Deal code of conduct and be subject to regular on-site inspections.

    For More information on the Green Deal visit www.ctsgreendeal.co.uk or contact the office and ask to speak to a Green Deal Advisor on 0800 019 7250.



  • CTS Renewables, (Mansfield, Nottingham) updates website to include green deal energy installations.

    21 October 2012 09:18

    As an installer of biomass boilers, air source heat pumps ASHP, wind turbines, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic (PV), ground source heat pump GSHP, and immersion heater switch units to domestic and commercial clients across the UK. The new CTS Renewables website and branding displays the full range of technologies the company can now offer.

  • CTS Solar renamed as CTS Renewables

    22 July 2012 09:38


    CTS Solar is a trading name of Commercial Technical Services Ltd, a Mansfield based company specializing in the installation of building service technologies, for commercial, public sector and domestic clients. As a result of new renewable energy installation services such as solar thermal, Air Source Heat Pumps and Biomass, CTS Solar is to be replaced with CTS Renewables.
    Matthew Baxter, Managing Director of Commercial Technical Services Ltd explained: “We established the grid tied Solar division of our business in response to numerous requests from our existing housing association and council clients following the installation of hundreds of Micro Solar powering solutions for Security and Communication networks, and the introduction of the Feed in Tariff Scheme.
    The growth of CTS Solar has been exponential, with hundreds of domestic installations completed to date, a massive growth in 50kWp and above systems and acceptance onto several Housing Association and Council framework agreements. The division accounted for the majority of the company turnover in 2011/12.
    Now our existing clients are looking at the Renewable Heat Incentive and Green Deal, and have asked us to provide options and solutions for these exciting new developments. We have Solar Thermal and Air Source Heat Pump provision already in place, Biomass and Wind Turbine installations should follow within a few short weeks.
    As business, we have always tried to offer a “complete solution” for our clients, the launch of CTS Renewables is a natural progression for us”
    More information about CTS Renewables can be found at the new website: www.ctsrenewables.co.uk.

  • 50kWp Case Study: Nottinghamshire farmer installs 50kWp Solar Photovoltaic system on grain store to offset the cost of running a grain dryer.

    16 May 2012 11:56



    Located in Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, J Bealby and Sons are arable farmers with a high energy expenditure running a grain dryer to keep its crops in ideal condition to achieve the best prices at market.

    To offset some of these costs and to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint, Robert Bealby contracted CTS Renewables, the renewables division of Commercial Technical Services Ltd to design and install a Solar PV system to fit on top of the Grain Store itself. Keen to balance a quality of product, with local support network and value for money, Robert opted for the Sharp Polycrystalline range of panels working with the SMA Tripower inverters.

    With the roof structure made of fragile corrugated fibre board, the whole works were planned over a two week installation period to take account of the specific Health and Safety requirements of the project.

    Paul West, Solar Projects Manager at CTS Renewables said: “with the significant drops in stock prices over the last few months combined with the new planning guidelines, we have seen a significant growth in interest from the farming sector. The lower capital costs for a 50kWp system have made Solar PV a more attainable proposition”

    Start date: 13/02/12
    Completion date: 29/02/12
    Modules: 209 x Sharp ND-R245
    Inverter: 3 x SMA Tri power 17000TL
    Mounting system: Hilti
    Power Specification (kW, MW): 50kW
    Annual Power Output (kW, MW): 43954.37
    Annual carbon dioxide saving: 25.8 tonnes
    Expected ROI: 5 Years.

  • 140kWp Case Study: Completion of a 140kWp poultry farm is an eggcellent result!

    16 May 2012 11:52




    CTS Renewables are pleased to announce the completion of a 140kWp Solar Photovoltaic system to a poultry farm in Lincolnshire. The installation, which was an addition to a 50kWp system already in place, saw more than 580 panels and 8 inverters installed in just 10 days.

    Paul West, Solar Project Manager for CTS Renewables said: “even though the size of the system was considerable we managed to get it completed, commissioned and witness tested in just 10 days. The client was keen to register the installation before the April 1st, the design and install process was efficiently managed, and the whole team pulled together to meet the deadline.”

    Due to the high electricity consumption on the farm, each shed has its own electricity meter enabling the system to be designed and commissioned as three sub 50kWp systems, therefore attracting the higher Feed in Tariff rate. The system is estimated to cut the farm’s fuel bills by up to 30 percent, enabling the farm to achieve a significant savings as a result of the PV installation. CTS Renewables estimate that the payback period will be just 5 and a half years.

    The installation was completed using 240w Jinko Solar polycrystalline solar modules and the Siemens PVM range of G59 three phase inverters. The solar pv system is expected to produce over 126,000kWh of electricity per year.

    Start date: 16/03/12
    Completion date: 26/03/12
    Modules: Jinko Solar 240W Poly
    Inverter: Siemens PVM17 and Siemens PVM20
    Mounting system: Schuco
    Power Specification (kW, MW): 140kW
    Annual Power Output (kW, MW): 126,081
    Annual carbon dioxide saving: Over 60 Tonnes
    Expected ROI: 5.5 Years.

  • 10kWp Case Study: Manifold Cottage Farm utilizes 10kWp Solar PV system to offset Electricity and Heating bills.

    16 May 2012 11:42


    Located in the heart of rural Staffordshire, Manifold Cottage Farm is a small holding with an ambition to generate all its own electricity and heating requirements.

    Nathan Johnson, the owner of the farm commissioned CTS Renewables , to install a 10kWp Solar PV system to complement the Ground Source Heat Pump system already in operation. Ground source heat pumps use pipes which are buried in the ground to extract latent heat from the earth. This heat is then be used to heat radiators, underfloor or warm air heating systems and hot water in the home. The pump itself uses electricity and produces on average 4 units of heat for every unit of electricity consumed.

    By installing a solar photovoltaic system the farm can offset the electricity used to heat the property with the electricity generated.

    Nathan Johnson commented: “like many people I have become increasingly frustrated with energy price rises, by combining Solar PV with a Heat Pump system I am significantly less affected by fluctuating energy costs which gives me valuable peace of mind”

    Completed in time for the 12th December 2011 deadline and installed in under four days using highly efficient Hyundai monocrystalline panels, Nathan can expect a healthy return on his investment, with the installation cost expected to be recouped within 5 years.

    Start date: 15/10/12
    Completion date: 19/10/12
    Modules: Hyundai HiS-S245MG
    Inverter: 2x SMA Sunny Boy 5000TL
    Mounting system: Hilti
    Power Specification (kW, MW): 10kW
    Annual Power Output (kW, MW): 7157.92
    Annual carbon dioxide saving: 5 Tonnes
    Expected ROI: 5 Years.

  • 20kWp Case Study: Hemsworth RUFC in conversion to Solar Photovoltaic energy.

    16 May 2012 11:25


    Located between Wakefield and Barnsley, Hemsworth Rugby club has an enviable track record of investing into the club. Originally based in local pubs, they now have their own Clubhouse, playing fields and training areas which are wholly owned by the club.

    Thanks to the foresight of the club committee and a funding contribution from Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Hemsworth RUFC can now add the installation of a 20kWp Solar Photovoltaic system to the clubs assets.

    Working alongside CTS Renewables, the committee opted for the Sharp Polycrystalline range of panels working with an SMA Tripower inverter. The system will make a considerable dent in the club’s electricity costs and the returns from the Feed in Tariff will help to fund the running of the club and potentially lead to the purchase of new equipment and resources.

    Brian May, Club President member said “Hemsworth RUFC is active within the local community and we are dedicated to promoting the sport as well as providing a great facility for everybody to access. The Solar PV system will support this commitment as well as provide an example to the community that the club is taking measures to reduce its environmental impact.”

    Completed in time for the 3rd March deadline and installed in under four days the club can expect a healthy return on its investment, with the installation cost expected to be recouped within 5 years.

    Start date: 20/02/12
    Completion date: 24/02/12
    Modules: 90 x Sharp ND-R230
    Inverter: SMA Tripower 17000TL
    Mounting system: Clenergy
    Power Specification (kW, MW): 20kW
    Annual Power Output (kW, MW): 18670.20
    Annual carbon dioxide saving: 10 tonnes
    Expected ROI: 5 Years.

  • From April 1, 2012, the brand of HIT solar modules in Europe will be changed from "SANYO" to "Panasonic"

    11 April 2012 01:46

    Dear SANYO customer,

    from April 1, 2012, the brand for HIT® solar modules will be changed from “SANYO“ to “Panasonic“ in Europe. The change will be made to the brand only. There will be no change to the sales structure and the HIT ® solar modules will continue to be manufactured at the same SANYO production bases as before.

    The brand change will be carried out throughout in Europe. The brand change to “Panasonic” is being carried
    out in order to focus the management resources of the Panasonic Group in order to create greater synergy and is part of the global strategy to expand the solar business of the Panasonic Group.

    Panasonic will continue to provide investment into the solar business, allowing us to offer our customers and business partners a higher level of service and high quality solar modules.

    Shigeki Komatsu,
    Director of the European Solar Division

  • Government figures suggest 50% of properties will be able to achieve an EPC rating of 'D' or higher in order to receive the 21p FIT. CTS Solar can get 90% to a level 'D' or higher, or your deposit back.

    20 March 2012 09:58

    As of April 1st 2012 all new domestic installations applying for a Solar Photovoltaic feed in tariff will require the property to achieve an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) of D or above to achieve the 21p FIT rate, otherwise a rate of 9p will apply until level D is achieved.
    CTS Renewables  have agreements in place to provide EPC assessments throughout the UK from March. Every assessment will reach a level D with complimentary free measures including cavity wall and loft insulation and discounted energy efficient light bulbs…..or there is no cost to you.

    It's a very simple and cost effective solution and if the property can't reach a level 'D' you pay nothing.

    Following an initial site assessment by a CTS Renewables surveyor, who can give an indication of EPC compliance and an agreement with the customer on the required Solar PV system, the full EPC will be completed within 7 days and all associated measures within 14 days to allow the complete installation within short time frames. If following the Full EPC assessment a category D rating cannot be achieved, the deposit will be immediately refunded in full.

    Alternatively CTS Renewables can arrange for an independent, no commitment, EPC assessment from £60.

  • Sharp Solar polycrystalline to challenge monocrystalline dominance.

    18 January 2012 11:55

    As a Solar Specialist with more than 50 years of experiance in photovoltaics (PV), Sharp makes significant contributions to groundbreaking progress in solar technology.

    The polycrystalline modules in the ND series are designed for applications with high power requirements. These quality next generation modules are a real contender to current monocrystalline dominated UK solar panel market. The Sharp module boasts efficiencies of up to 15.2%, increased performance in low light conditions, a linear performance warranty and a 10 year product guarantee.

    Contact CTS Renewables  on 01623 422254 for more information on this exciting new panel.  

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