Electricians urged to get ready for Britain’s battery boom

Electricians urged to get ready for Britain's battery boom

As the UK continues to lead the way in energy storage investment, NICEIC is encouraging electricians to start upskilling to prepare for growing demand and, in turn, help play a lead role in the clean energy transition.

Amid rising energy prices and a sense of growing eco-responsibility, recent years have seen an unprecedented increase in home energy storage by using batteries. According to recent figures, 2023 saw a huge 1,700% year-on-year increase in annual battery storage installation. Across the board, a separate study reveals the total battery project pipeline now stands at 84.8GW as of December 2023, comprising a year-on-year increase of 50.3GW.

In light of this, NICEIC is advocating for electrical contractors to upskill into energy storage systems as a way to support customers to reduce energy costs, gain energy security and lower their carbon footprint.

NICEIC Technical Director, Paul Collins, takes up the story: “British householders are paying far more for electricity than they were a couple of years ago. In fact, it was recently reported that UK energy prices have risen faster than almost any other developed country since 2019. In this way, reducing reliance on the national grid is becoming increasingly attractive for those seeking to reduce energy costs and also do their bit for the planet.

“A critical component of this marked shift is energy storage. For those homeowners with rooftop solar panels, what’s great about adding battery storage is that it can allow them to become self-sufficient and negate the need for grid supply. This can save the average consumer hundreds of pounds a year and relieve cost of living pressures. Another big benefit is that these systems can provide critical backup power – something which is becoming a bigger consideration amid grid insecurity issues.

“Another option is where consumers use storage to reduce bills by purchasing energy at a low tariff at a time when there is a low demand and store it to meet an internal demand at other times; usually when consumption peaks, typically during the evening.

“And this is just the beginning. As the current energy system evolves to become more distributed, interconnected and decentralised, we’re likely to see this new age of prosumers become active stakeholders and sell surplus self-generation back to the grid.

“The upshot is that installers have a huge new revenue opportunity as homeowners will increasingly turn to them for advice on the latest and most advanced energy storage solutions and help them to decide the most suitable approach for their home and needs.

“With this, it is now more crucial than ever that they invest in upskilling on the installation of these technologies to ensure they have a solid understanding of the electrical requirements and are better placed to unlock the opportunity.”

To provide a helping hand, NICEIC has introduced a new qualification on Electrical Energy Storage Systems (EESS) for certified businesses seeking to upskill their electricians’ knowledge and competence in this important innovation category. Covering the design, installation and commissioning of Electrical Energy Storage Systems, the two and a half day EAL accredited qualification complements NICEIC’s popular four-day solar qualification.

Neil Vincent, NICEIC Head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, comments, “Battery storage is quickly emerging as a critical component in unlocking the full potential of solar power, not just in terms of renewable optimisation, but also contributing to energy security. Our new offering reflects these needs, and has been purposefully designed to complement our solar course so that our certified installers are able to provide a full solar-storage package.”

To discover more about the latest qualifications offered by NICEIC Training, visit www.niceic.com/training.

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