Ground-breaking Energy Partnership looking to the future


We are pleased to be working in partnership with Age UK Barnsley and Energise Barnsley on a ground breaking project and have been successful in obtaining over £200,000 of funding for a pilot project which will see 75 council properties for older people having batteries installed to complement their existing solar panels. The ‘Smart Solar’ project will potentially see savings of up to 30-40% off people’s current electricity bills.

Funded through the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme, this research project will see more consumption of solar power directly by individual households – up to 85%, and less being spilt onto the national grid.

We will be identifying households to participate and will also be installing the batteries. Age UK Barnsley’s Information & Advice Service will be upskilled to work alongside the tenants’ involved providing reassurance and guidance as to how to make the best of this fantastic opportunity. As well providing advice on how to best use their solar panels and battery advice will be given on value for money tariffs and benefits checks can also be carried out.

As well as the financial benefits of the project to individuals, there is a bigger picture of looking towards a future which will be increasingly digital and where our flexibility in the times we use our power supplies may increasingly impact on the prices we pay. This pilot scheme should provide some good information as to how people’s energy usage habits can change.

Putting Barnsley’s older people front and centre on this cutting edge project is another major step forward towards an Age Friendly Barnsley something all the partners are keen to promote.

Wendy Lowder, Chair Energise Barnsley adds:”Energise Barnsley is very excited to be part of this partnership project. The project continues our work with Berneslai Homes tenants to move towards a domestic decarbonised, digitalised and flexible future. It follows on from our initial solar installations, solar and storage network study and current domestic demand side response project for BEIS. We are determined that our tenants receive the full benefits of the future low carbon flexible grid, and are not left behind.”