Our pioneering solar power storage project in Oxford has won the Residential Building Project of the Year in the 2016 Energy Awards.

The awards, run by leading professional and trade media company EMAP, cover all aspects of the UK energy industry, from Product of the Year to Innovation of the Year.

For nearly two years, Bioregional has been working in a partnership with high-tech battery firm Moixa Technology, Oxford Brookes University and Oxford City Council to demonstrate how compact batteries can store electricity generated by photovoltaic panels within households, then use it when the time is right.

ERIC-  Energy Resources for Integrated Communities –  is a research and demonstration project part funded by the UK government (through its innovation agency Innovate UK) based in the Rose Hill estate in East Oxford. 

It has installed battery storage packs and electricity-generating photovoltaic panels on more than 80 homes, plus a community centre and a school. A car club electric car is also part of the £1.2m  project. The aim is to show how battery storage in households can lead to far more solar-generated power being used locally, benefiting both local people and the environment. Bioregional has  overseen community engagement and liaison with Rose Hill residents.

ERIC was also a runner up in the Innovation Energy Project of the Year category.