LEVI is live!

We’ve heard some great news this past week for the future of public EV Charging Infrastructure and help for local authorities to realise their EV charging ambitions.

About LEVI

LEVI (Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure) funding supports local authorities in England to plan and deliver charge point infrastructure for residents without off-street parking through:

  • Capital funding to support charge point delivery
  • Capability funding to ensure local authorities have the staff and capability to plan and deliver charge point infrastructure.

Tier 1 local authorities can now apply for 2023/4 and 2024/25 funding by completing their Expression of Interest and emailing it to LEVI@est.org.uk by 11.55pm on 26 May, 2023 – and Joju is here to support you.

EV Insights – April 19, 10am-12noon

We are holding an online event for local authorities on April 19th where you can hear more from Aaron Berry, Deputy Head, Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (energy and infrastructure), Department for Transport, and ask questions.

We will also hear from some local authorities who have made successful applications in the first phase of funding and we’ll share more about how we can help you with the application process. If you have been awarded funds, we can also help you get from award to successful design and implementation.



If you are working in a local authority on EV Charging Infrastructure, you haven’t received an invite and you would like to join our ‘EV Insights’ session, please do let us know by emailing info@joju.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing everyone there on April 19th, and to leading the charge together.

Further information

Getting started, remaining focused

Have you ever wondered where the spark comes from to start a niche business and continually grow it over 16 years on?

We’ve been hearing from Dr Chris Jardine who created Joju Solar, with Joe Michaels, all those years ago.

The pair had a genuine passion for helping people, in all walks of life, to reduce their carbon emissions. This enthusiasm is still at the heart of what we do today – helping homeowners, businesses and public sector organisations with solar PV, battery storage and EV charging infrastructure.

Take a listen to Chris chatting about Joju’s focus for 2023, how the business started and grew, and how proud he feels of the team now.



You can watch the full video here.


Get in touch

 Whether you are a business, public sector organisation or homeowner, we’d love to help you with your solar PV, battery storage and EV charging infrastructure needs.

Get in touch with our highly experienced team and we’ll reduce your carbon emissions together.

Exciting news from the E-mobility Awards

We’re proud to share that last week, Joju Charging won the best ‘E-mobility/EV charge point resellers and installers’ award at the E-mobility awards, 2023.

The awards celebrate innovation, ingenuity, and achievement in the E-mobility sector. Joju Charging has received this recognition for the second year running now, and we are absolutely delighted.

Innovation and growth

This past year, we have built on our reputation within the public sector and commercial sector, to help more organisations and businesses design and install EV charging infrastructure. We have continued to grow rapidly, yet carefully, to support over 100 Councils and numerous businesses with the transition to EV – making sure the right solutions are in place to facilitate their plans.

A great start to the year

On awards night, Chas Warlow, Joju Charging’s Head of Sales, said:

“It’s fantastic to receive this recognition… not only for Joju, but also for our clients as well, who are continuing to drive their sustainability plans forward with the ongoing installation of reliable EV Charging infrastructure”.

Head of EV Charging, Graeme Patton, commented:

“Joju Charging’s aim is always to be at the forefront of the drive for sustainable transport, making it as accessible as we can, in partnership with our clients. This award is testament to the hard work and commitment of all our teams at Joju Charging, from Sales, Account Management and Design, to Project Management and Installation”.

It’s been a great start to the year, and we now continue the hard work to get as many charge points in the ground as possible.

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Read more about EV Charging for the Public Sector

Find out more about our approach to EV Charging for Business 

Solar car ports – time for under-utilised space to shine?

Making use of under-utilised space to reduce carbon emissions in the commercial or public sector is one of the areas we’ve been exploring. More specifically, how installing solar car ports in car parks can demonstrate a link between renewables and electric mobility – and help towards the achievement of sustainability goals.

An increasing demand

At Joju, we’re seeing an increasing demand for integrating EVCP provision with renewables, especially solar. We’ve joined forces with Flexisolar on two recent projects, to help create solar car ports that reduce carbon emissions and that can power EV Charging infrastructure.

A space reborn in Coventry

In 2022, Bourn (previously known as Sherbourne House), was repurposed as a workspace and destination. It’s form and functionality was refreshed, with the core values of this six-storey, 90,330 sq ft building being “to encourage and support behaviours which are good for its people, the place and the planet”.

That was according to Rob Hemus, Asset Director for IM Properties, and the solar car port is certainly part of the “planet” piece. The car port structure houses 36 double bays and is topped with 228 PV modules, giving a total installed capacity of 94.62kWp. The system is connected through the floor, with the inverter housed below the structure, and the predicted CO2 emissions avoided are 37,066 kg/year.



Solar for South Staffordshire Council

South Staffordshire District Council also took the plunge, with a 40m long solar carport installed at their offices, over 10 existing parking spaces. The ‘V’ leg structure features a 32.175kWp PV system including 99 panels, a Solis inverter, and an estimated annual energy generation of 26,963 kWh. The car port compliments the installed EV Charge points by offsetting onsite electricity demand, and we have more car port installations with similar goals happening in 2023.



To top it all off…

Talking of under-utilised space and car parks, a very different approach was taken by our client, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. The Council set aside the top deck of one of their little-used multi storey car parks, for solar and EVCPs.

We installed 5 dual Alfens, 87kW solar, and 3 Tesla Powerwalls at Wellgate Multistorey. That’s what we call thinking outside the concrete box..  or should that be on top of it?



Does installing a solar car port stack up?

When it comes to carports, they can be connected to a building supply or have their own independent connection and although both are technically feasible, are they a way to make under-utilised space productive from an economic point of view?

In short, it is still more cost effective to install solar PV on traditional roof spaces. The carport structure has to be built and there are associated civil engineering costs. The support structure is already in place on existing buildings, of course. However, not all roofs are suitable for solar, or a building may already have solar installed, and utilising car parking space can be a great way to boost additional onsite generation.

Also, solar carports are clear flagship projects – a way for solar and your green credentials to be very visible (which isn’t always the always the case on roof installs).

A growing market

In essence, solar carports can demonstrate a real link between renewables and electric mobility, and contribute to the achievement of sustainability goals. A wide range of design strategies are possible, and car ports can be an additional way of generating solar energy.

When it comes to this type of under-utilised space, we’re predicting a growth in solar carport popularity and an opportunity to shine in the right public sector and commercial spaces.


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Contact us to talk about solar car ports in public sector or commercial spaces

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We’re proud to share that Joju Charging has won Charging Infrastructure Provider of The Year at the GREENFLEET Awards 2022.

The awards recognise clean fleet innovation in over 20 categories and the event is one of the most anticipated in the calendar.

The award

Charging Infrastructure Provider of the Year, sponsored by Paythru, recognises the efforts of vehicle charging and refuelling infrastructure providers, and the progress made in rolling out low carbon infrastructure across the UK. We were initially shortlisted alongside ElectrAssure Ltd, Energy Superhub Oxford – EDF Renewables UK & Oxford City Council, InstaVolt, Vital EV Solutions, Mer Fleet Services, ChargedEV, and ChargePoint.

The highlights

This year at Joju Charging, we have increased projects sold by 230 per cent, meeting increased levels of demand through careful expansion. We’re working with over 100 different local authorities, councils, and other public bodies on various charging projects. These range from scoping studies through to EV infrastructure installation and after care, in addition to our work with many commercial customers. We also specialise in Bluelight EV charging infrastructure.

The reaction

Our Co-founder and Technical Director, Dr Chris Jardine, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to receive this recognition and would like to thank all our clients. It’s a privilege to work together to reduce carbon emissions in the fleet sector and beyond. It’s been part of our mission for 16 years, and we’re committed to do even more next year”.

Graeme Patton, Head of Delivery (EV Charging), commented:

“We’re incredibly proud of our EV team. From sales and account management, to design, project management, installation, and O&M, the team works tirelessly, often behind the scenes, so it’s great to get this recognition”.

If you’re a public sector or commercial organisation working towards net zero, do get in touch with us – or explore our website to find out more about our approach.

Discover more 

Check out our EV charging approach

Read more about our work with the public sector

Browse our EV case studies

An iconic and award-winning install

Installing solar PV on Salisbury Cathedral was always iconic… and now it’s award-winning too!

We’ve just won the Alan Clark Award for Local/Community Energy at the Solar and Storage Live Awards, 2021 – and it’s an honour to receive it.

Community energy is something we’ve championed from the very beginning. It’s at the heart of who we are. We built the first community share-funded solar installation back in 2008, and the schemes are a fantastic way of getting renewable energy projects built at scale, within a local area, with local shareholders benefitting from the income generated.

Solar on Salisbury Cathedral

In the case of Salisbury Cathedral, a new group, Salisbury Community Energy, approached the Cathedral and we became involved via the Schools Energy Coop. We came up with a design that met the ecclesiastic planning committee’s stringent requirements and once approved, it was full steam ahead with the install.

You can read about the project in more detail here and as the Bishop of Salisbury put it,

“With clear purpose and helpful partnerships even iconic buildings can make a difference towards sustainability.”

Being recognised for our part in this historic project, alongside Salisbury Community Energy, certainly means a lot to us.


Let’s talk rising energy prices

Are you wondering why gas and electricity prices are rising and what the future holds? 

To discover more, we’ve been catching up with Professor Jonathan Stern, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. 

Jonathan is a specialist in natural gas issues worldwide, an author, an honorary professor at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee, and visiting professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. He is also a fellow of the Energy Delta Institute, a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, and a member of the EU–Russia Gas Advisory Council. 

In this interview we talk about what’s causing the current price rises, whether it’s a blip and what it means for renewables.



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Winner winner! EVIES Contractor of the Year

Exciting news alert! We’re proud to share that last week, we won Contractor of the Year at the prestigious EVIES, for the second year running.

The Electric Vehicle Innovation and Excellence Awards recognise the very best in the EV industry, and we’re honoured to take home the title again this year.

Some highlights…

2021 has seen a number of highlights, including our Public Sector EV team delivering 300 fast and rapid charger installations for 30 public sector bodies. We’ve installed over 1,000 lamp post EV chargers, introduced our own-brand lamp post chargers too and our residential EV team has been scaling up installations. We’ve also installed 50 V2G chargers as part of a trial by Electric Nation. We’ve had some great feedback from our customers as well, which has been brilliant to receive.

Our project with Dorset Council – a fully-funded EV Infrastructure project bringing charge points to public car parks across the county, as well as rapid replacement and new install – was also shortlisted for Infrastructure Project of the Year.

The stuff of dreams

Our Commercial Director and Co-founder, Joe Michaels, said:

“What an honour to win Contractor of the Year at the EVIES for the second year in a row – definitely the stuff of dreams. This year we’ve seen another year of very strong growth, helping us to lead the charge.

All credit goes to our hardworking team – their dedication, commitment, and passion for helping public sector and commercial organisations achieve their net zero carbon ambitions, and to make sure as many people as possible have the necessary infrastructure to go electric. We want to say a huge thank you to our clients, customers and partners”.

Head of Delivery (EV Charging), Graeme Patton, also commented:

“We’re so proud to win Contractor of the Year for the second year running. We’re always looking for ways to continuously improve and lead, and our teams work so hard to do that day in, day out. It’s brilliant to be recognised as the culmination of all our efforts”.

If you’re thinking of making the switch to an electric vehicle, or if you’re a public sector or commercial organisation working towards net zero, do get in touch with us – or explore our website to find out more about our approach.

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Check out our EV charging approach

Read more about our work with the public sector

Want an EV charger at home? Get in touch for a quote

Browse our EV case studies

Awards and shortlists

Ready for some great news? It’s awards season in our industry and we’ve just won ‘Charging Point Resellers and Installers’ of the Year at the E-mobility Awards. The judges said “we were so impressed with Joju”… and we couldn’t be happier with that!

E-mobility Awards award-winners

The E-mobility Awards celebrate ingenuity, innovation and achievement and have incorporated the Electric Vehicle Awards. It’s brilliant to be recognised for our work this past year and to take home the title.

EVIE’s shortlisters

We’re also excited to be shortlisted at the EVIE’s, after winning Contractor of the Year last year and achieving success alongside Hampshire County Council for Infrastructure Project of the Year.

EVIES Awards, Installer of the Year, prize








This year, we’re shortlisted for Contractor of the Year. Our project with Dorset Council – a fully-funded EV Infrastructure project, bringing charge points to public car parks across the county, as well as rapid replacement and new install – has also been shortlisted for Infrastructure Project of the Year.

Solar and Storage LIVE Awards

And the shortlist news just keeps on coming as today, we’ve discovered we’re on the Solar and Storage Live Awards 2021 shortlist. We were proud to win Contractor of the Year last year and this year, we’re up for The Alan Clark Award for Local/Community Energy for putting solar PV on the roof of Salisbury Cathedral. We’ve also been shortlisted for EV Infrastructure Project of the Year, for our work with Dorset Council.

Dorset, fast EV chargers

Our Technical Director, Dr Chris Jardine, summed it up when he said,

“As a team, we love what we do. We’re definitely here to lead the charge when it comes to EV infrastructure and of course, we’ll always be adding sunshine! it’s fantastic to win at the E-mobility awards and we’re delighted to shortlisted at the EVIE’s and Solar and Storage Live Awards too”.

Hear hear to that!

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