Feb 6, 2018 - 3min read
Say hello to The Phoenix Works - our installation partner for our brand new products. A peerless renewable technologies installer with a sterling record of empowering UK homes to change the way they use energy, The Phoenix Works shares our vision for a sustainable future.
Together, we’ll be helping Tonik members along a technology-led journey towards our energy efficient home of the future - with solar power, battery storage and EV charging points to optimise energy consumption.
The Phoenix Works co-founder Thomas Newby started out as an Instrumentation Engineer and Technical Project Manager for an Environmental Monitoring company, spending a number of years in the construction industry before starting his own company. We asked him what makes The Phoenix Works tick.
We’re passionate about renewable technologies.
Matthew Morgan and I founded The Phoenix Works in 2010. We’re both really enthusiastic about the environment and believed an opportunity existed to form a company focused on the provision of renewable technologies.
We’ve done everything from simple residential solar photovoltaic installations to public electric vehicle rapid charger networks, building our company up through our reputation for quality products and technical excellence.
A quality installation is a start-to-finish service.
From survey to product selection to the installation itself, all the way through to customer support and aftercare; our company ethos is to deliver on each of these areas. We work closely with our customers to understand their needs, make sure we recommend the products best suited to them, and support our technicians with high quality training.
Sadly, much of the market we work in is price driven, even though the benefits of renewable technologies are seen over the medium to long-term. Taking shortcuts - like choosing low quality hardware, or using inadequately experienced installers - ultimately leads to issues arising from the installation and premature equipment failure. We’ve often had customers who unknowingly had poor installations from companies who have since stopped trading; it’s worth paying that little bit more for a proper job from a reputable installer.
We take pride in the quality of our service.
We won the Solar Power Portal residential Solar PV project award in 2016 - but, more importantly, we get consistently excellent feedback from our customers, and it’s great for our team to receive that recognition for their efforts.
When a homeowner invests their hard-earned savings in our services, it’s a responsibility we take extremely seriously; and the quality of our work is a direct result of the pride we take in it. I’m so proud that the team we’ve built is able to support one another when our workload is challenging, and the feedback we receive from satisfied customers makes it all worthwhile.
Tonik is a perfect match for us.
Tonik shares our ethos, vision and desire to transform the future of energy use in homes across the UK. So we clicked with the Tonik team straight away and can’t wait to help their members generate renewable energy, store it and use it to power their electric vehicles.
We’re working together to achieve a common goal. We knew early on that our route to market would be through working with like-minded companies, and we feel really excited about transforming Tonik members’ homes with the latest energy-efficient tech.
2018 will be a year of big, positive changes.
I’m pretty sure 2018 will be remembered as the tipping point for electric vehicles specifically, and renewables more generally.
Electric vehicle range is improving and they are becoming increasingly affordable. Energy storage will continue to reduce in price though economies in manufacturing scale, and solar power is becoming increasingly affordable. Government incentives to kick-start industries such as solar have worked to an extent and the subsidies won’t be required for much longer.
The personal savings and social rewards are clear, and it’s early adopters who stand to benefit most. As the proverb suggests, the best time to plant a tree was yesterday, the second best time is now; the same is true of renewable technology.