Social Energy and UKPN partner on UK smart grid development


Social Energy has launched a project to support UK Power Networks’ development of the smart grid in London, the South East and East of England. 

The green energy supplier is working with UK Power Networks (UKPN) to offer homeowners the opportunity to take part in an exciting project to help deliver a future-focused smart grid that is prepared for higher demand brought about by electric vehicles, electric heating and increasing populations. 

Energy customers will have a battery installed in their homes that will be used by Social Energy to send extra power to the electricity network when it needs it most, as part of UKPN’s flexibility services programme. 

The project, which is available to around 100 homes initially, will deliver a smarter grid to a significant part of the UK over the coming years

In this emerging market, network operators are buying ‘flexibility’ from organisations like Social Energy, which works with customers to balance supply with demand. It turns supply up or demand down, depending on what is happening on the network at a given time. This allows UKPN to manage the network, build a more resilient grid and save money for its customers. 

Social Energy customers in specific areas of South London, Hertfordshire and Kent will receive an annual payment of £125 for the next four years for their role in supporting UKPN and the future of energy – helping to modernise the grid and maintain reliable power supplies in the local area. 

By adding a battery and connecting it to Social Energy’s smart technology, customers will maximise their solar energy usage, receive the best price for exporting their excess energy to the grid and automatically take advantage of low or even negative priced energy. 

Steve Day, Chief Technology Officer at Social Energy, said: “We’re delighted to be working with UK Power Networks to be part of transforming energy for people in the area. 

“Homeowners here have an incredible opportunity to be part of this exciting project to move towards a smart grid – going green, saving money and supporting the future of energy.” 

The financial contribution for battery installation is available to those in specific postcodes who are new to the world of solar panels and battery storage, and those that already have solar panels installed but are not yet part of the Social Energy community.