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0% VAT on Solar Batteries: Why Now Is The Time To Install a Solar Battery

As of 1st February 2024, the UK Government has exempted installing solar battery storage (battery energy storage systems, or BESS) as part of your solar PV system from VAT. While the legislation covers a range of different Energy Saving Materials (ESMs), it’s solar batteries that promise big potential savings to customers, both in terms of the efficiency of the system and the initial purchase. What’s more, the legislation applies to both new instals and retrofits.Find out about solar batteries and how you can benefit from 0% VAT on install, or contact us today.

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Why Consider a Solar Battery?

Adding a battery, either retrospectively or as part of the installation of your solar PV system is a great way to ensure you maximise usage of the energy you generate. Solar panels generate peak power during the daytime, but most households have a peak power consumption at night. This means that a lot of homeowners still need to use energy from the grid.

Installing a solar battery stores this energy for use at night when you need it most. This means you further reduce your energy bills, as well as your carbon footprint.

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What Are The Benefits of Solar Batteries?

There are several benefits to installing a battery as part of your solar PV system, such as:

  • Reduced energy bills
  • Ability to charge batteries at a cheaper rate overnight, or lower generation periods such as during the winter
  • Maximising the efficiency of your solar PV system
  • Less dependence on the energy grid
  • More insulated from energy price rises

What’s more, installing a solar battery can provide you with greater resilience and redundancy in the event of power cuts, such as those caused by bad weather by installing an emergency backup unit. This is especially important for those who may have medical equipment, fish ponds or business-critical appliances that require a reliable power source.

Who Can Install a Solar Battery?

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Anyone! Any solar PV system can have a solar battery installed, either as part of the system, or retroactively, and the new 0% VAT scheme will still apply.

There are different types of batteries that can be used in a solar PV system, but we recommend lithium-ion ones. These solar batteries are the most popular because of their high energy density, low maintenance requirements, and longer lifespan compared to other types of batteries. These are also the most readily-available, offering you the widest choice to suit your needs and budget.

We will come and assess your installation to determine the type of battery required, based on your needs, and talk you through the options. There are no minimum requirements as such, you just need to have a solar system that generates enough electricity, and the physical space in the property to place the battery itself.

Solar Battery Considerations

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When choosing a battery, it's important to consider factors such as the size of the system and how much power it can generate, your energy requirements, and your budget. Don’t worry though, we’ve installed many solar batteries to systems across Sussex and the South East, and can guide you through the process.

0% VAT on Solar Batteries: FAQs

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  • What are the requirements?

  • What are the stipulations?

  • Are any other items available with VAT Relief?

Make the most of the 0% VAT on solar batteries

Contact us today to find out about our solar battery installation in the South East. We install solar PV systems across East and West Sussex.

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