Following on from the launch of its second-generation Leaf electric car, Japanese car maker Nissan has now branched out into the energy business, by unveiling a home power system.

Nissan Energy Solar combines solar panels with an energy storage system, which uses old electric vehicle batteries, to provide power to UK homes while reducing energy bills and increasing sustainability. The solar panels can power the house during the day, naturally, but given the expected low use when homeowners are at work, the energy storage element of the device allows excess energy to be collected so it can be used at night.

Read also:

'Solar panels have become the world’s fastest growing source of new energy and we’re thrilled to launch Nissan Energy Solar in the UK, said Francisco Carranza, head of the Nissan Energy unit at Nissan Europe. 'Over 880,000 UK homes already have solar panels installed and they are seeing the benefits every day, from decreasing electricity bills to increasing property values.'

'Nissan Energy Solar is just one step in supporting our commitment to investing in innovative energy solutions for a more sustainable future and intelligent way of living.'

The new product also allows homeowners to control their energy usage, including how and when electricity is deployed, in real time. Automated energy flows and the utilisation of solar power makes Nissan Energy Solar perfect for reducing carbon footprints, says the company.

Nissan Energy Solar solution will be priced from £3,881, which includes the supply and installation of a six-panel solar panel system, a home energy management system and VAT at 5 percent. The cost of buying the green energy setup with a battery storage system will be around £7,000.