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Puredrive Energy’s Mark Millar reveals how to harness solar and battery power for a sustainable home
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
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This article first appeared in our COP28 issue of My Green Pod Magazine, published 30 November 2023. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

The renewable energy industry is central to the government’s net zero targets and Puredrive, a British company that designs, develops, manufactures and distributes domestic battery storage systems and electric vehicle (EV) chargers, is perfectly positioned to play a major role in this revolution.

We spoke to Puredrive CEO and founder Mark Millar to answer your questions about solar panels, home battery storage systems and how they can contribute to greener and more cost-effective homes.

Interview with Mark Millar

Why should I consider installing solar panels and a battery system in my home?
Harnessing solar energy and incorporating a home battery storage system can significantly reduce your environmental impact while saving you money on your energy bills.

Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity, reducing your reliance on fossil fuels, and a home battery stores excess energy for use during cloudy days or at night.

Furthermore, this setup cuts your carbon footprint and provides energy independence and resilience during power outages.

How long do solar panels last, and do they require maintenance?
Solar panels typically come with warranties ranging from 20 to 25 years, but they can last longer with proper maintenance.

Small actions can go a long way; keeping them clear of dirt, leaves and snow will help to keep your solar panels operating at their best.

Experts also recommend a professional inspection every few years to ensure optimal performance.

How does a home battery storage system complement solar panels?
A home battery storage system stores excess energy generated by your solar panels, making clean energy available when the sun isn’t shining.

This means you can rely on your stored solar energy rather than drawing power from the grid, which can save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.

What’s special about a Puredrive battery?
All aspects of the operation are based in the UK – from manufacturing to customer service. Homeowners receive aftercare on an ongoing basis, and this doubtless contributes to Puredrive’s excellent Trustpilot score.

Puredrive batteries also have the highest technical specification on the market; they last 67% longer than competitors’ batteries and charge/discharge 100% quicker than other leading brands.

The software integration is pioneering; Puredrive has recently launched a new PURASystem which demonstrates leading communication between smart renewable devices, such as EV chargers, and with time-of-use energy tariffs to provide extra savings.

Can I use my home battery system during a power cut?
Yes, you can. Home battery storage systems are designed to provide power during blackouts.

When the grid goes down, your battery can automatically provide power to essential appliances, ensuring your comfort and safety.

How do I monitor and manage my solar and battery systems?
The Puredrive app is highly rated due to its user-friendly design and intuitive operation. It allows you to monitor and manage your energy production, consumption and battery status in real time.

What sets the Puredrive app apart from others is its ability to integrate with other smart renewable products and with time-of-use tariffs.

What is the benefit of product integration?
More and more of our daily appliances are being powered by electricity. We have seen the growth of EVs and electric heating over the last few years, with legislation to support this change. Our integrated app makes it possible for homeowners to monitor and manage energy consumption.

What is a time-of-use tariff and why is it relevant for solar and battery storage?
A time-of-use tariff is an energy tariff where hourly rates can vary depending on the time you use power.

EV tariffs are very popular; they operate in a similar way to Economy 7 tariffs, in that they provide a period overnight where energy can cost less than 10p. This allows you to purchase energy from the grid during the cheap periods to increase your savings.

Puredrive’s in-house software is unique and monitors upcoming weather patterns, meaning each charging session is tailored to your needs.

Can I install batteries without solar?
Absolutely. There are many new time-of-use tariffs on the market that provide opportunities for battery owners to charge during off-peak periods.

The average price of electricity in the UK is 34p per kWh. However, on a time-of-use tariff, off-peak electricity can be purchased for less than 10p. This allows batteries to charge during the off-peak period and then supply their property with cheaper and cleaner, stored energy.

By installing solar panels and a home battery system, homeowners can make a significant contribution to sustainability while enjoying long-term financial benefits. If you’re considering these upgrades, consult with experienced professionals to determine the best solution for your unique circumstances.

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