Centrica launches linked solar, storage, EV-charging offer


UK energy company Centrica has launched a new offering aimed at enabling businesses to install solar panels and battery storage to help their transition to electric vehicles.

Given the anticipated additional power demands of on-site electric vehicle charking points, businesses would be able to avoid increases in electricity costs by generating, storing, and managing its own power.

The ‘EV Enablement’ offering allows businesses to link EV chargers to existing infrastructure, with on-site energy management services allowing for efficient energy management.

The company says the move is in response to the growing global EV market, and the UK EV sector may require as much as 18GW of additional capacity by 2050, effectively equating to an additional 30% national capacity requirement.

Research by Centrica determined that more than 75% of UK businesses plan to start transitioning to EVs for their fleets, but just 43% understood the implications on their energy use.

Jorge Pikunic, Global Managing Director for Centrica Business Solutions said: “The adoption of electric vehicles is no longer a question for tomorrow. For businesses, the transition to EV is a big opportunity to become cleaner, more sustainable and more efficient.

“We believe distributed energy technologies will be key to supporting the cost-effective roll out of EVs, reducing the need for costly grid upgrades and new centralised generation capacity.

“Our offer has been designed to be fully flexible so that, whatever stage businesses are at on the EV journey, we can help make the transition simpler, faster and more affordable.”