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Solar Power - The bright alternative

Solar Power - The bright alternative

Thursday 22 April 2021

Solar Power - The bright alternative


MEDIA RELEASE: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not Bailiwick Express

SunWorks is a family owned and managed solar energy business, set up in 2013 by father son team, Ian and Mark Brandon.

Mark’s role is that of MD and has been the face of the business, personally installing most of the early installations and now manages the daily operations of the business.  Ian’s role is that of FD and takes from his vast experience working as a Director in banking and as a compliance consultant to provide a diversified approach to leadership which has seen the company go from strength to strength, even in recent challenging market conditions. 

Since 2013, SunWorks has installed solar photovoltaic (PV) on over 200 roofs and plan to have over 1000 roofs completed projects by the end of 2025. The business now has 10 full time staff and will be looking to recruit further in 2021. The company prides itself in the highest quality and value and uses a range of manufactures to design each installation to suit different budgets and property types.

SunWorks deliver solar for both residential and commercial projects and are responsible for the installation of the Channel Island’s largest solar arrays – the recently completed systems Woodside Farm and Jersey Dairy, working alongside Jersey Electricity to deliver local renewable energy.

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The rise in Solar is partially due to significant improvements in technology over the last few years which have made the technology more accessible for local homes and businesses. As awareness grows through the media and initiatives such as the Government of Jersey led Climate Conversation, highlighting what we can do as both individuals and as a collective to make a positive impact. It is hoped the forthcoming 2021 -2030 Island plan will include a mandate for a portion of locally generated renewable energy by 2030 (such as 30%). This will mobilise business efforts and simulate a new green economy.

Climate change is of course a global issue. Being on a small island, it can often feel that any changes we make won’t make much of a difference, but as we connected to the European grid through multiple sub-marine cables, this could not be further from the truth.  

Imported power to Jersey consists of a mix of 1/3 renewable hydro sources and 2/3 nuclear sources which are low carbon, but not renewable. On a macro level, every unit of renewable energy generated in Jersey potentially avoids the import of a low carbon unit. This in turn makes that low carbon unit available to someone else in Europe who might otherwise use electricity generated from fossil fuels.

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Channel Island owned energy assets located on the European continent would be the only exception to importing power which does not result in us simply benefitting from a system without giving anything back. French supplies make up vital base load of energy for Jersey, but what are we doing in return? 

If we look at things on a local level, the energy created using solar on your roof is used primarily to power your property. Sometimes you will generate excess power and that will be purchased by Jersey Electricity and redistributed through the local grid, specifically in the properties nearest to you that have an immediate requirement. So the power you are generating is directly benefitting your local community, usually those that live directly next door.  In time Jersey may be able to harness tidal and wind power which along with developing storage technologies will make the ultimate difference. 

As well as Solar arrays SunWorks install Electric Vehicle (EV) charging equipment – our focus is to tie these in with Solar and energy monitoring to provide an integrated solution so you can charge up and run your vehicle on Sunshine electricity. Other appliances can be controlled smart devices such as immersion controllers and smart plugs to control high load appliances (Hot tubs, Spas, Electric Agas, etc) to maximise use of solar energy for the best return.

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Battery technology, driven by the increase in demand for EVs is becoming more and more affordable, is now becoming a viable option for homes and businesses who have the capacity to generate significant energy but cannot realistically use it during the day – allowing them to discharge their batteries at night or on days where Solar does not perform as well.  

When a client works with SunWorks, we act as the single point of contact – we interface with JE, scaffolders and where necessary, roofing firms should you require any remedial works. Also if you are undertaking building work your existing or new property we can work with building professionals to integrate solar for the best result. In the future all homes will have some form of onsite generation and it will be as standard as underfloor heating is today….

www.sunworks.je | info@sunworks.je | 01534 498822 

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