Tonight’s the night – Solar Power Portal Nomination Recap

We recap on our fantastic three nominations for awards at this year’s Solar Power Portal Awards in Birmingham.

Tonight should be a night of humour and celebration. If there isn’t humour then Jimmy Carr has failed miserably at his job as compere of the 2016 Solar Power Portal Awards. There should also be celebration for all those nominees and the eventual winners of all the awards. We have everything crossed that Joju will be one of those winners. And if we can do it more than once that would be amazing.

We have been nominated in three different categories for three very unique projects, which truly demonstrate the variety of projects that we offer at Joju.

1) Residential Energy Management Project – This is for our Tesla Powerwall Installation in St Alban’s. The first Tesla Powerwall, in fact the first ever Tesla Powerwall we installed, which demonstrates the brilliant work done by our Residential Sales Manager Jon Cowdrill and Project Manager Mark Liu. Since our nomination for this award the installation has featured on YouTube Webseries Fully Charged presented by Robert Llewellyn and interest in more installations by Joju has exploded. Glenn Tweedie, the customer who bought the Powerwall, talks eloquently about how the Tesla Powerwall has impacted his and his family’s life with them pulling as little as 3% from the grid on a daily basis.

2) Commercial PV project – This is for our stunning curved solar installation at Orchard Field Primary School. The feat of engineering brilliance as well as aesthetically stunning and all managed by Ed Baughan.

Orchard Field Community School is a large primary school with a very high energy demand.  The school’s roof along with being large also curves around in a crescent moon shape. This presented a challenge in terms of how to secure the panels to the roof, which Joju overcame in both a technically and aesthetically brilliant way. The system has made  a significant reduction to the School’s electricity bills. And like all our installations in schools it has become a valuable educational tool for the pupils.

Headmistress Dawn Shilston said “As a school we feel incredibly proud to be doing our utmost to reduce our Carbon Footprint. It is incredible to consider we are the largest Solar Roof Project on a Primary School in Oxfordshire with our school roof hosting 384 solar panels. It has been an invaluable exercise in educating our pupils for the future on the importance for us all to explore the possibility of using renewable resources for our energy.”

3) Energy Financial Innovation – This is a joint nomination for the M&S Energy Society nominated between Joju, Energy4All and Marks and Spencer. We’re proud to have helped developed a new type of community energy schemes, which we call the community of the workplace. The M&S Energy Society, is our first project of this type and is a collaboration between the three organisations. Over the last few months Joju have installed solar PV arrays at nine Marks & Spencer stores: Banbury, Cheshire Oaks, Cheshunt, Hayle, Hempstead, Longbridge, Torbay, Truro and West Quay. A fantastic acheivement that will bring real benefit to both investors and Marks and Spencer.

Joju will be in attendance tonight at the awards along with representatives from Marks and Spencer and Energy4All. Whatever the outcome we have had a fantastic year and incredible Summer of installation but we have everything crossed that tonight we will leave Birmingham as winners.



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