2017 look back and 2018 insights
As we approach the end of another year, here at FlexiSolar we look back at exactly what 2017 has meant to us and set our plans in place for our 2018 activity. We share some of the highlights and focusses here.
So, how has 2017 been for us? In a word, amazing. Within less than six months, we’ve gone from being an interesting concept to a fully-fledged business. Here’s why:
We secured funding from Innovate UK:
The Government understands it is vital that the UK becomes EV ready. To improve the air quality in our towns and cities and to meet our carbon emission reduction targets, the transition to cleaner electric vehicles is essential. One of the barriers to this transition in the UK is the lack of EV charge-point infrastructure and our large-scale solar carports offer both a clear solution to this infrastructure need, and the means to generate the energy required to power it. FlexiSolar have been backed by the Government department that fosters innovation to commercialise the concept and to help rollout our integrated solution across the country.
We’ve built an expert team:
A disruptor in the renewables sector needs a highly skilled team to drive it. Our senior management team has an impressive 60+ year experience of working in the renewables and solar sector. More than that, they have limitless belief, passion and motivation to deliver our large-scale solar carport solutions too.
We’ve developed a strong brand to unify our communications:
A strong and confident message needs a strong and confident brand, and that’s exactly what we are showcasing across our online and offline communications. We are clear on the value of our offering and have worked hard to establish a unique identity since launch. We have a firm framework for 2018, which will see our messages and our activity build further.
We’ve seen ‘electric cars’ mentioned in the budget:
In his Autumn 2017 budget, Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced that £540m has been earmarked to support the growth of electric vehicles, including more charge-points. Whilst we were pleased to see electric vehicle infrastructure is being supported, a holistic approach is needed. With global car manufacturers scaling up their production of electric only cars, ownership of electric vehicles is set to increase significantly in the next few years. Powering these cars on a large scale must not break the grid and must be done with a renewable energy source; rather than exorbitant nuclear energy or new gas generation fuelled by fracking our beautiful countryside for shale gas.
Energy managers saw our vision at EMEX:
EMEX is the energy management show that connects all energy users with leading experts, policy makers, suppliers and technical solutions. We were there again this year with a scaled down solar carport on our stand to demonstrate exactly how our solution works. Our vision and our views were shared with energy managers and sustainability professionals as part of our mission to educate businesses on the benefits of solar infrastructure to power the electric vehicle future.
Suffice to say, 2017 has been an incredible year for us, and 2018 is shaping up to be even better.
It is clear the future of transport is electric, and this evolution is a key focus for public and private sector organisations across the country. It is also clear that the popularity of renewable energy in general, and solar PV in particular, has not diminished. 2018 will see further price reductions in energy storage - the final piece of the puzzle - and the integration of solar carports EV charging infrastructure and battery energy storage is exactly what FlexiSolar are on a mission to deliver.
The passionate, expert team we mentioned above are now booking appointments for 2018, so get in touch if you’d like to talk to us about how our commercial solar carport solutions can get your business or destination EV ready.