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Construction & Civil Engineering Magazine Feature

Project Better Energy are so excited to be featured in the latest edition of Construction & Civil Engineering magazine! The spotlight on our company underscores the pioneering efforts of our CEO, Simon Peat, in the realm of solar energy, as well as our strategic expansion into electric vehicle (EV) charging, heating, and energy solutions.

In the article, Project Better Energy’s innovative approach to harnessing solar energy is thoroughly explored. Simon Peat’s leadership has been instrumental in driving forward sustainable energy practices, making solar power more accessible and efficient.

Moreover, the article highlights our exciting venture into EV charging solutions. Building on our foundations in the solar energy industry, Simon states ‘In the current climate, we felt that venturing into the EV market was a natural progression’. Recognising the rapid growth and importance of electric vehicles in reducing carbon emissions, Project Better Energy is committed to supporting this transition. Our EV charging infrastructure is designed to be both robust and user-friendly, paving the way for a more sustainable transportation future.

Additionally, the article features our expansion into comprehensive home heating and energy solutions through Project Curv. We provide homeowners with integrated systems for power, lighting, heating, and hot water “enabling homeowners to reduce their energy bills by circa £500 per year’. This not only makes energy more affordable but also contributes to a more sustainable and eco-friendly living environment.

We are excited to continue our journey towards innovative and sustainable energy solutions. Being part of the Construction & Civil Engineering magazine validates our efforts and achievements in the renewable energy sector, and we are proud to share our journey with the readers. We invite you to read the full article to gain deeper insights into Project Better Energy’s innovative strategies and our ongoing projects aimed at building a greener future.

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https://magazine.ccemagazine.com/construction-civil-engineering-magazine-issue-215-may-2024/0601670001717084876

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Green Goals: Project Better Energy Announces Sponsorship of Newcastle Town Football Club

Project Better Energy are proud to announce our recent sponsorship of Newcastle Town Football Club, a beloved pillar of the local community. This collaboration marks an exciting step towards promoting a greener tomorrow and the start of an exciting journey for all involved.

Project Better Energy and Newcastle Town Football Club Join Forces For Sustainability

As part of this partnership, Project Better Energy will work closely with Newcastle Town Football Club to implement environmentally friendly initiatives aimed at reducing the club’s carbon footprint and promoting sustainability through the introduction of energy-efficient technologies.

This partnership aims to strengthen the bonds within the community. By rallying behind the shared goal of sustainability, Project Better Energy and Newcastle Town Football Club seek to unite both residents and fans in a collective effort to create positive change.

Beyond The Game: How Project Better Energy Is Empowering Local Communities

Throughout this partnership, we will inspire not only the football community but also the wider Newcastle-under-Lyme community to embrace green practices and work towards a more sustainable future.

The partnership between Project Better Energy and Newcastle Town FC exemplifies the power of collective action in driving positive change. By harnessing the passion for football and the commitment to sustainability, a lasting impact will be made on the community and pave the way for a brighter, greener future.

Sustainable Collaboration to Meet The Same Goal

Gavin Cunjamalay (Head of Commercial EV – Project Better Energy) and Gavin Appleby (Chairman – Newcastle Town Football club) 
both share their thoughts on the partnership:

 

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Exciting Announcement: New Chairman at Project Better Energy

Project Better Energy is delighted to declare the appointment of our new non-executive chairman, Volker Beckers. This marks a moment of great pride for us, given Mr Beckers’s extensive experience in the international energy industry, including his immeasurable work conducted at npower.

Volker Beckers brings decades of experience spanning the private and public sectors, as well as academia. Since 2013, he has held leadership roles in various private companies and served on the boards of government bodies such as HM Revenue & Customs and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Board. Additionally, he contributed as a member of the Advisory Board of the EU Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King’s College and currently chairs the Advisory Board at the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB), a specialized research centre at Rotterdam School of Management.

This appointment signifies a ground-breaking milestone for Project Better Energy, as it reflects the persistent dedication of our company, and our CEO, Simon Peat, throughout the past 12 years. Our substantial growth is a direct result of the hard work and commitment of our talented team. From our origins as a business specialising in clean technology and heating solutions, primarily targeting the residential solar market, we have evolved into a green empire. Now, we integrate a diverse range of smart technologies, aimed at achieving a carbon net-zero future. Our expanded offerings include off-peak power storage, electric vehicle chargers, air-sourced hot water cylinders, infrared heaters, and solar solutions tailored for all residential and commercial environments.


Project Better Energy proudly houses a consortium of renewable energy entities, including Project Solar UK, Project EV and Project CÜRV. This strategic expansion has propelled Project Better Energy into a prominent position as one of the UK’s leading solar panel retailers, boasting the installation of nearly 40,000 solar energy systems. Notably, our Project EV division has achieved remarkable success, deploying over 80,000 electric vehicle chargers across residential, commercial, and public sectors, including collaborations with local councils, the NHS, and major retailers such as B&Q and Arnold Clarke.


Volker Beckers stated, “Project Better Energy has quickly grown into the UK’s largest solar panel retailer and is fast becoming a leading provider of EV systems and energy efficiency solutions as demand for these technologies has expanded significantly. Demand for these services will only grow further as businesses and organisations begin to ramp up initiatives aimed at meeting regulatory requirements.”


He continued, “Simon has built a talented and motivated team over the past twelve years, as well as a strong industry network and customer base, which will provide the foundation for the company’s next phase of growth and is underpinned by recent investment in the business. I look forward to working with the Board to provide the governance oversight and market insights to guide Project Better Energy as they realise the future vision for the business.”


Simon Peat, CEO of Project Better Energy, expressed his excitement, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome Volker as chairman at Project Better Energy as we reach this exciting inflection point for the company. His breadth of non-executive roles and multi-national experience built over many years will further enhance the capabilities and expertise of the board as we execute our ambitious growth strategy to provide a diverse range of clean technology and energy efficiency solutions across the UK.”


Project Better Energy takes immense pride in welcoming Volker Beckers as our new non-executive chairman, representing a pivotal moment in our journey. We extend our gratitude, recognising it as a testament to the hard work invested across the entire company. Together, we eagerly anticipate guiding Project Better Energy toward a future defined by continued growth and environmental stewardship.

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Freshstream Invests in Project Better Energy

Project Better Energy is excited to announce its recent investment from Freshstream, a private equity firm that invests in growing businesses based in Western Europe.  

Project Better Energy is the 6th investment in Freshstream’s first independent fund, which closed earlier this year having raised €762 million. We join other portfolio companies DeterTech, Bella Figura Music, Big Motoring World, Nafinco and MCR, which are all entrepreneurial and founder led businesses. 

 

Project Better Energy was founded in 2011 by Chief Executive Officer Simon Peat, an electrical engineer who spotted an opening in the residential solar market. Since then, our company has expanded its product range to include off-peak power storage, electric vehicle chargers, air-sourced hot water cylinders and infrared heaters, providing a diversified range of green solutions across both the residential and commercial property sectors.  

As a business we have experienced significant growth over the last 12 years and have become one of the leading players in the domestic renewable energy sector in the UK, with nearly 40,000 solar energy systems sold and installed through our Project Solar UK division, and sold approximately 80,000 electric vehicle chargers across the residential, commercial and public sectors with Project EV.  

With this substantial growth of Project Better Energy it is the perfect time to receive an investment to push our company to the next level! With the support from Freshstream, we can continue to lead the business through an accelerated phase of growth – expanding our product range and customer footprint. 

Our CEO, Simon Peat, commented: 

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Freshstream and look forward to working together as we continue our ambitious growth strategy. Their expertise and investment will enable us to further accelerate our expansion plans, both organically and through acquisitions.” 

Gilles Gradassi, Director at Freshstream, said: 

“Following a series of legislative and policy commitments by governments in recent months and years to mitigate the impact of global climate change, there has never been a more important time to invest in solutions aimed at expanding clean power availability and energy efficiency. 

Project Better Energy is one of the most exciting players in the UK green solutions market and the investment in the business demonstrates our commitment to supporting innovative, entrepreneurial companies solving complex issues, including the decarbonisation of the economy. 

Reaching net zero will not be achievable without private capital investment and we are confident that Simon will continue to find innovative, cost-effective solutions to support consumers, businesses and local authorities through the energy transition and make a real difference.” 

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Plugging Into the Future With EV Charging

Why Businesses Should Invest in EV Chargers

As the world races towards a sustainable future, businesses are increasingly recognizing the need to adapt to the changing landscape of transportation. One pivotal step in this journey is investing in Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers at their facilities. In this blog post, we’ll explore the compelling reasons why businesses should embrace this transformative technology.

 

Catering to a Growing Market:

The electric vehicle market is expanding at a rapid pace, with more consumers opting for eco-friendly transportation. By installing EV chargers at your facility, your business taps into this growing market, attracting a new customer base and demonstrating a commitment to environmental consciousness.

 

Employee Satisfaction and Attraction:

Offering EV charging stations at your workplace not only aligns with sustainability goals but also enhances employee satisfaction. Employees with electric vehicles will appreciate the convenience of charging their cars during work hours, promoting a positive work environment. Moreover, having EV chargers can be a unique perk that attracts top talent seeking employers with a forward-thinking approach.

 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Impact:

Investing in EV chargers is a tangible way for businesses to contribute to their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. By facilitating the transition to cleaner transportation options, your company plays a crucial role in reducing carbon footprints and aligns with the global effort to combat climate change.

Future-Proofing Against Regulatory Changes:

Governments worldwide are introducing regulations to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. By installing EV chargers now, businesses position themselves ahead of regulatory changes, ensuring compliance with evolving environmental standards. Proactively addressing these changes not only mitigates potential legal issues but also showcases your commitment to staying ahead of the curve.

 

Enhancing Customer Experience:

For businesses that cater to the public, providing EV charging stations enhances the overall customer experience. Customers who drive electric vehicles will appreciate the convenience of charging while engaging with your services, creating a positive and lasting impression.

 

Investing in EV chargers isn’t just about keeping up with the times; it’s a strategic move towards a more sustainable and customer-centric future. Businesses that embrace electric vehicle charging not only contribute to environmental well-being but also position themselves as leaders in an evolving market. As the demand for eco-friendly practices continues to rise, providing EV charging facilities is not just an investment; it’s a commitment to a cleaner, greener, and more innovative tomorrow.

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Empowering Business: Why You Should Go Solar

The Compelling Case for Businesses to Invest in Solar Energy

In an era where sustainability and environmental responsibility are at the forefront of global discussions, businesses are increasingly recognizing the need to adopt eco-friendly practices. One such practice gaining immense traction is harnessing the power of the sun through solar energy. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the myriad reasons why businesses should consider investing in solar power.

Cost Savings and Long-Term Financial Benefits:

One of the most compelling reasons for businesses to invest in solar energy is the significant cost savings it offers. While the initial investment in solar panels and installation may seem substantial, the long-term benefits far outweigh the upfront costs. Solar panels have a long lifespan and require minimal maintenance, resulting in reduced electricity bills over the years. Additionally, many governments and local authorities provide financial incentives and tax breaks to businesses that adopt renewable energy sources, further enhancing the financial appeal of solar investments.

Environmental Stewardship:

Consumers today are more environmentally conscious than ever before, and they prefer to support businesses that share their values. Investing in solar power demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship, helping businesses build a positive brand image and attract eco-conscious consumers. With climate change concerns on the rise, aligning your business with sustainable practices can be a key differentiator in a competitive market.

Energy Independence and Security:

Relying on traditional energy sources exposes businesses to fluctuating energy prices and supply chain vulnerabilities. Solar power provides a reliable and sustainable source of energy, reducing dependence on external factors that may impact energy availability and costs. By investing in solar energy, businesses can enhance their energy security and insulate themselves from the volatility of fossil fuel markets.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR):

As societal expectations evolve, so do the responsibilities of businesses. Embracing solar energy is a tangible way for companies to fulfill their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals. By actively contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to a sustainable future and foster positive relationships with stakeholders, including customers, employees, and investors.

Future-Proofing Against Regulatory Changes:

Governments worldwide are increasingly tightening regulations to curb carbon emissions and promote renewable energy adoption. Investing in solar power positions businesses ahead of the regulatory curve, ensuring compliance with current and future environmental standards. By proactively addressing these regulations, businesses can avoid potential penalties and legal issues while showcasing their dedication to sustainable business practices.

 

The advantages of investing in solar energy extend beyond mere financial considerations. Businesses that embrace solar power contribute to a cleaner environment, enjoy long-term cost savings, and position themselves as leaders in the transition to a sustainable future. As the global community collectively strives to address climate change, businesses have a unique opportunity to not only reduce their carbon footprint but also thrive in a world that increasingly values and rewards environmental responsibility. Embracing solar energy isn’t just an investment in power; it’s an investment in progress.

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Carbon Net-Zero Isn’t Just A Catchphrase Anymore

In an era where environmental consciousness is at an all-time high, the term “carbon net-zero” has become more than just a catchphrase. It’s a guiding principle that is transforming the business landscape. As the world grapples with the urgent need to address climate change, businesses are realizing that being environmentally responsible is not just a moral imperative; it’s also a strategic imperative for long-term success. In this blog post, we’ll explore why carbon net-zero isn’t just a buzzword anymore and why businesses should take it seriously.

 

The Climate Crisis is Real

The science is clear: our planet is experiencing unprecedented changes due to climate change. Rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and the loss of biodiversity are all signs of a world in crisis. As a result, governments, international organizations, and citizens are calling for immediate action to combat climate change. Businesses are not exempt from this call to action.

 

Government Regulations and Incentives

Governments around the world are implementing regulations and providing incentives to encourage businesses to reduce their carbon emissions. From carbon taxes to emissions trading systems, businesses are increasingly feeling the pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. Failing to do so can result in financial penalties and damage to a company’s reputation.

On the flip side, many governments are also offering incentives to businesses that take steps to become carbon net-zero. Tax breaks, grants, and subsidies for renewable energy projects are just a few examples of the benefits that environmentally responsible businesses can access.

Consumer Demand

Consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious and are actively seeking products and services from companies that align with their values. Businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and carbon net-zero goals are more likely to attract and retain customers. In contrast, companies that ignore environmental concerns risk losing market share and revenue.

 

Reducing Costs and Increasing Efficiency

Becoming carbon net-zero often involves measures that can help businesses become more efficient and reduce operating costs. For example, investing in energy-efficient technologies and practices can lower energy bills and boost a company’s bottom line. Moreover, transitioning to renewable energy sources can provide long-term stability and insulate businesses from energy price fluctuations.

 

Reputation and Brand Loyalty

A strong commitment to carbon net-zero and sustainability can significantly enhance a company’s reputation and brand loyalty. Businesses that lead the way in addressing climate change are seen as industry leaders and responsible corporate citizens. This goodwill can result in greater customer loyalty and trust.

 

Staying Ahead of the Curve

The business landscape is evolving rapidly, and being ahead of the curve in terms of sustainability and carbon net-zero goals can provide a competitive advantage. Companies that invest in green technologies and practices today are better positioned to adapt to changing regulations and consumer preferences in the future.

 

Carbon net-zero isn’t just a buzzword anymore; it’s a fundamental shift in the way businesses operate. From regulatory pressures to consumer demand, there are compelling reasons for companies to take carbon net-zero seriously. By embracing sustainability, businesses can reduce costs, attract top talent, enhance their reputation, and secure their long-term success in a world where environmental responsibility is not just an option but a necessity.

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Renewable Energy - It’s The Future Of Power, & It’s The Solution For Sustainability.

But what different types of renewable energy are there, and what else is coming?

 

Solar

Solar energy is drawn from the sun, and while we all might feel we don’t enjoy anything like nearly enough sun in this country, there is more than enough to power homes and buildings. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that we produce more solar power here in the UK than in sunny Spain!

Solar panels and new style Integrated Roof Panels capture the energy from the sun and convert it into power. Solar panels can be placed on the roofs of buildings or may be part of larger ‘solar farms’ on rural land. Solar power is infinite and converting it to power has no negative or harmful implications, which makes it such an appealing alternative to non-renewables.

 

Wind

Wind turbines convert wind into power. A bit like the sun, plenty of wind is pretty much guaranteed, and its conversion to power is effective and harmless. Even light winds are enough for wind turbines to work, as their blades turn, creating kinetic energy which is then converted to electrical energy. Wind turbines can be individual, to power a small property or area, or operate as large wind farms creating vast amounts of power.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a clean, renewable energy source. Whilst it is a gas, unlike other natural gases, when it is burnt it only creates water vapour rather than carbon dioxide which contributes towards climate change. Hydrogen can be produced from natural gas, other renewables such as solar and wind, or nuclear. It is already used in some countries to fuel cars. To make hydrogen a mainstream energy source, however, solutions need to be found to infrastructure, storage, and transportation challenges.

 

Tidal energy

Operating like wind, tidal energy offers the possibility of converting the natural power and movement of tides into electrical energy using tidal turbines. The possibilities are being researched, including by an engineering team at the University of Oxford. The benefits include the predictability of tides, and the challenges include the placement of tidal turbines and their impact on the eco-system.

Renewable energy solutions will evolve. But we can power your home or housing estate with renewable energy right now, with our leading solar energy service.

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When It Comes To Green Technology There’s Three Main ‘Myths’

When it comes to green technology there’s three main ‘myths’ or perceptions I frequently come across.

This is particularly the case when it comes to green heating systems, which use infrared heating panels rather than boilers and radiators.

These ‘myths’ are completely understandable, because much of this technology is new, and little is known about it compared to the traditional solutions and systems we’re all used to.

The world is changing. We all need to start thinking differently and being open to new technology. This is especially the case if you’re in the business of building or providing homes.

Emissions targets, new regulations, bans are coming thick and fast, and everyone is going to need to comply.

So, let’s get myth busting….

 

Myth #1 | Green Heating Solutions are Expensive

Well, any new heating system put into a home is naturally going to be expensive, hence why people live in fear of boilers breaking down, and most GCH companies offer plans and support to help with cost. The question is, are green alternatives more expensive? The short answer is, not hugely, no, and there are great financial benefits that lie in the long-term savings possible (all the more so when integrated with other eco-products).

Myth #2 | Green Heating Solutions Are Complicated & Difficult To Install

Nope! Our heating solutions are carefully designed to be able to be installed by a standard electrician or heating engineer and come with plenty of support from our team and full, clear installation guides.
If a builder is installing our whole house system of eco-products, they’ll all work seamlessly together and will be easy as pie for the end user too, as everything is Smart and operated via Apps.

 

Myth #3 | Green Heating Solutions Are For The Future

If by ‘future’, you mean a couple of years’ time, then yes. Because a couple of years’ time is when the boiler ban is likely to come in, and house builders and providers will hardly want to put an expensive system in just to replace it when the law changes. Now is the time to be exploring, reviewing, and making decisions about the technology to use. Because not only will this keep you legally compliant, but it will position you well as a business ahead of the curve, installing innovative, eco-friendly energy solutions now.

#energyefficiency #greentechnology #zerocarbon

Any other myths, perceptions, or questions? Get in touch and I’m happy to address them.

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Carbon Net-Zero Is Coming, Will You Be Ready?

The UK government has ambitious plans around reducing carbon emissions and has enshrined key dates in law.

They’ve made a commitment to 78% reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2035.

We’re expecting gas boilers to be phased out within the next five years.

All new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans are set to be banned from sale in 2030.

Along the way will be other important dates which will impact different industries from cars to home-builders, as petrol makes way for electric, boilers make way for non-water based heating systems, and fossil fuels make way for solar and other renewables.

These transitions can’t be avoided, we all need to wake up to them.

At Project Better Energy, we’ve seen this coming for a long time.

For businesses and individuals looking to be compliant and prepared, we can help.

Our products have been stringently tested.

Our products are being installed and used.

Our customers are saving money.

We’re talking solar panels, electric vehicle charging, infrared heating technology, and a host of other smart accessories.

Reducing carbon emissions is going to be a challenge. But the longer people avoid it, the harder it will be. We’re already helping our customers do this so they can relax, knowing they are compliant and doing the right thing.

#energy #greentechnology #zerocarbon

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