Moixa has won Residential Building Energy Project of the Year at the 2016 Energy Awards for its smart local energy system which cuts bills and supports renewables.
The award celebrates the success of Project ERIC (Energy Resources for Integrated Communities), an initiative that aims to tackle fuel poverty in Rose Hill, East Oxford, a social housing estate in the lowest 10% most deprived communities in the UK.
Moixa installed 2kWh smart batteries in 82 homes, a primary school and an 8kWh battery stack in a local community centre. The batteries are linked to 200kWp of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on homes and a further 100kWp of solar on the school and community centre, creating a virtual smart local energy grid.
Moixa software manages energy flows to ensure the maximum amount of solar power generated in Rose Hill is used within the community. So, for example, when one home is using less solar power the electricity can be used by a neighbour, rather than being exported to the national grid.
Chris Wright, CTO of Moixa, who collected the award said: “Project ERIC shows the enormous potential of the UK’s smart energy future. Receiving recognition from the Energy Award judges highlights the importance of storage in supporting a reliable, cost-effective and low-carbon energy system.”
Debbie Haynes, Energy Efficiency Projects Officer at Oxford City Council, said: “Fuel poverty reduction is a key aim for Oxford City Council and Project ERIC is showing how battery storage linked with solar PV can change the way communities make and use power and reduce bills for residents.”
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Moixa is leading the 27-month project, working with Oxford City Council and a range of other partners. Environmental charity Bioregional brings expertise in community engagement, Oxford Brookes University is evaluating results and assessing household experiences, ReEnergise is looking at how the local energy system can support commercial grid services, while British Gas and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution bring energy industry experience and commercial direction. The project is funded by Innovate UK, Moixa, British Gas and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution.