You might remember that our Head of Delivery (EV Charging), Graeme Patton, recently got his first electric car. Well, we’ve been catching up with Graeme to find out about his experiences so far… from collecting the car from the dealership, to how he’s been finding the range. Plot spoiler: the word ‘planning’ comes up a lot!
We’ve also been inviting you to share your experiences with us, and we put one of those to Graeme in this interview chat.
So sit back, relax and listen to some interesting reflections on having an electric car for the first time, and if you’d like to share your views or ask a question, you can get in touch with us on our social channels – Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and Facebook, using the hashtag #firstev. You can also email us to join the conversation.
Let’s keep talking about EV’s, and let’s keep leading the charge!
This week, the EV Summit is celebrating Top Women in EV, with their event recognising the achievements of women in campaigns and policy, business, communications, marketing, engineering and technology, HR and business development.
We’ve got the lyrics from that particular Pulp song on a loop in our heads, because our Head of Delivery (EV Charging), Graeme Patton, has recently got his first EV. Over the next couple of months, we’re going to be finding out all about that experience and asking you to share your first EV experiences with us too – on our social channels, using the hashtag #firstEV.READ MORE
Here at Joju Solar, one of the things we believe in is the power of community energy, and we’ve worked closely with Mike Smyth for many years to install some pioneering community energy projects for schools (and other similar buildings) across the country.
Mike is the former Chair of Friends of the Earth Trust and the current Chair at Energy 4 All, The Schools Energy Co-operative and Wey Valley Solar Schools Energy Co-operative, and he’s always been passionate about environmental matters.
Last year, we completed our 100th project with Mike, and it was a special one… installing solar panels on the cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral. We couldn’t let this pass without catching up with him to talk about the landmark, Mike’s background and his hopes for community energy in the future.
So, grab yourself a cuppa, take ten minutes and listen to Mike’s story and his feelings about reaching 100… installs, of course!
One of our highlights of 2020 on social media was the Twitter hashtag #badstockimagesofmyjob. In it, people shared the bad, the awful and the frankly hilarious images available on commercial stock image sites that don’t quite capture the nuances of their profession.READ MORE
Joju Charging has won the contract under the TfL GULCS framework (Go Ultra Low City Scheme) with the Royal Borough of Kingston, to provide 100 street light charge points for local Kingston residents. The charge points will be installed on existing lamp posts during February and March and will help people make the switch to EV, as residents without access to off street parking will soon be able to park on the street near their homes, plug their electric vehicle into a charge point on a street light and charge away!
Joju Solar has won ‘Contractor of the Year’ at the prestigious Solar & Storage LIVE awards, to add to the ‘EV Charge point Contractor of the Year’ title secured at the EVIEs last month.
The winners were announced on Friday, at the close of a three-day online conference and the awards now put Joju at the top of the pile across all their product offerings – solar PV, battery storage and EV charging infrastructure.
“Winning the Solar & Storage LIVE Contractor of the Year has been a long-held ambition and it feels amazing”, said Joju Solar Co-founder and Technical Director, Dr Chris Jardine.
“We’ve been working in the low carbon technology space for 14 years and this recognition is testament to the hard work put in by our team over that entire period – continually improving both technically and in terms of the service we offer.”
Joju Solar were recognised for their work on helping hundreds of homes reduce their carbon footprint, through solar, storage and EV charging. Additionally, it has been an intensive year delivering community energy projects. We installed 2MW of solar PV for Egni Coop in Wales, including the largest solar roof in Wales, at Newport’s Geraint Thomas Velodrome. This project won the Community Energy Award at the Solar and Storage LIVE awards in its own right. Other highlights in 2020 include a 39kW community-owned solar PV array on the roof of Salisbury Cathedral.
Joju is also working with more than 80 councils nationwide to install EV charge point infrastructure, simplifying the process and allowing councils to deploy charging infrastructure across their region without spending a penny.
“It’s very pleasing to be recognised across all our product offerings as offering excellent service in what we do.” said Chris. “But this is still very much the beginning – the climate crisis hasn’t gone away; we still need lots more renewable capacity; and a complete electric transport revolution needs to happen in the next decade. That’s always been our mission”
Electricity utility Octopus Energy have teamed up with Tesla to offer the Tesla Energy Plan – a unique electricity specifically for Tesla Powerwall owners. By allowing Tesla to control the operation of the battery, householders can access both the best import prices available on the market as well as the highest prices for exported electricity.READ MORE