2.7 GWh – The Sizeable Impact of Our Solar Technology in York

May 16, 2024
4 min read

Green Building Renewables, your nationwide local renewable energy expert is based in York. Founded by proud Yorkshiremen Chris Delaney and John Gilham, our roots run deep in the historic city and county, and we’re proud to call it home sweet home for our headquarters and our central team.

We’re all about making a positive impact on the communities where we operate, and that’s why understanding and measuring our influence in local areas where we operate, like Yorkshire, is at the heart of everything we do. As a renewable energy company, keeping tabs on the impact of our installations isn’t just important – it’s crucial!

Why, you ask? Well, for starters, it helps us gauge how effective our projects are in meeting sustainability goals and slashing carbon emissions. By keeping an eye on energy generation, consumption patterns, and environmental factors, we can fine-tune our installations for peak efficiency, benefiting both our customers and the environment.

Plus, all the cool tech we install not only helps our customers but also feeds valuable data back to us. This data is like gold—it helps us spot areas for improvement and sparks innovation in renewable energy tech and practices.

By monitoring the impact of our installations, we’re not just being transparent about our work, we’re also driving positive change and paving the way for a greener, more sustainable future for everyone.

One of our shining stars of data that enables us to do just that is the Fox ESS Cloud Platform.

What is the Fox ESS Cloud?

Well, it’s like the control centre for the FoxESS energy storage systems, conveniently available as an app for our customers to keep tabs on their solar setups.

Here’s how it works: once you’re signed up, you can hop onto the app anytime, anywhere to check on your system. It gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything, from what’s connected to your battery’s status, all in one neat package.

But that’s not all—this nifty app also dishes out real-time data, so you’re always in the know about your solar production, battery charge, and grid consumption. It’s like having a personal energy guru right in your pocket!

You can even take charge of your charging schedules, optimising your battery usage like a pro. Talk about power to the people!

What does the Fox ESS Cloud tell us about our impact in Yorkshire?

Thanks to Fox ESS Cloud, we’ve been able to crunch some serious data on our installations right here in Yorkshire. We’ve installed around 600 solar systems in the region, generating over 2.7 GWh of electricity. That’s equivalent to brewing up 1.5 million mugs of Yorkshire tea.

But here’s where it gets really exciting, according to our calculations in-house and using the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy figure of 0.20707 kg CO2 as the amount saved by each carbon-free kWh of energy, these installations have saved a staggering 559,089 kgs of CO2. Yup, you read that right—over half a million kgs of CO2.

Now, we know big numbers can be a bit tricky to wrap your head around, so let’s break it down: 560 tonnes of CO2 is like grounding 224 transatlantic flights or powering over 200 homes in the UK for an entire year.

To balance out that much CO2, we’d need to plant and care for nearly 15,000 mature trees. That’s like covering York’s walled historic centre one and a half times with lush greenery.

But the impact doesn’t stop there, in addition to being better for the environment, our installations have also saved our customers a whopping £750,000 in electricity costs. That’s over £1,300 in savings for every home with a Fox ESS system installed.

These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. As we continue to grow and spread across the UK, we’ll only amplify the positive impact we’re having on homes and the environment.

So, if you’re ready to join the renewable energy revolution and make a positive impact on your carbon footprint while saving some serious cash, why not reach out to us today? We’d love to chat about how a Fox ESS battery storage system and other battery systems can light up your life in more ways than one!

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john gilham technical manager
John Gilham
When it comes to renewables, our Group Technical Manager, John Gilham is a big deal! Both metaphorically and literally speaking; his massive knowledge about all things renewable and low energy is matched by his physical presence. In 2016, John co-founded GoEco Renewables with our MD Chris Delaney, which marked a pivotal moment in his career. The move reflected his commitment to sustainable energy and positioned him as a leader in the industry. Want to know more about John then click here: Read More

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