Your Homes Newcastle joins My Electric Avenue
YHN, which is responsible for managing council homes on behalf of Newcastle City Council, joins four residential clusters – each based around a shared substation – in the North East and brings the total participants in the region to 55, each of whom are leasing a Nissan LEAF.
Lois Warne, technical advisor at North East England-based project partner Zero Carbon Futures, explained: ‘The technology that is being trialled through the project will monitor and control the electricity demand from charging electric cars and, in the long-term, will save expensive and potentially disruptive work being carried out to upgrade the electricity network.’
YHN has 13 employees taking part in the 18-month trial, picked out a hat from 50 who registered to take part. The company has also installed six charging points at its office in Benton Park Road, which can be remotely deactivated for a short time during periods of peak demand, and will allow the project to get a picture of how business needs differ from its residential clusters.
David Henry, environmental sustainability co-ordinator at YHN, said: ‘There were lots of people keen to get involved with the trials so when we heard that there was an opportunity to form a business cluster, and test the impact of multiple vehicle charging from our own head office, it was the opportunity we’d been waiting for.’For more of the latest industry news, click here.