Erica started Spirit at the end of 2009, having become increasingly excited about the benefits that renewable energy can bring both in meeting our energy needs and in reducing CO2 emissions. She has a first class degree in Pure Mathematics from Oxford University (1990), and more recently a masters in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing (2007), also from Oxford University, during which she investigated the mathematical solutions of the problem of using fixed (non-tracking) mirrors to maximise the concentration of the sun’s rays on solar panels. Erica has had a longstanding interest in green issues. Prior to launching Spirit she ran a Low Carbon Day for schools which took place in June 2010, supported by over 1600 schools. She is also a serial entrepreneur, having previously started www.primrose.co.uk, now run by her husband, Ian Charles.
Ian Charles qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Medicine from Barts Medical College (1986). He has run businesses since the age of 25, ranging from a car spares business to the UK's largest online garden retailer primrose.co.uk, started by Erica Charles in 2003. He oversees the finance at Spirit Solar Ltd.
Vishal joined Spirit in Jan 2010. He holds a first class degree in Architectural Technology and Design. His extensive knowledge of building construction, technical design and computer aided design techniques has enabled him to understand and tackle every type of project. He has himself managed over 250 installations, from domestic PV to large non-domestic PV, battery storage, LED lighting and EV chargers. He has excellent technical knowledge and a talent for finding his way around whatever problem we throw at him.
Anne Marie does more than accounts; she is the engine of our organisation. She makes sure we stay up to date with all that “stuff” in the office; whether it’s health and safety, staff training or electrical tester calibration, Anne Marie is on the case. She also makes a mean cup of tea and some very fine brownies.
At Spirit, we don’t believe in pushy salesmen. We employ well-trained and knowledgeable technicians who know our products, are up to date with the regulations and can carry out technical calculations.Will prepared an awful lot of quotes, heat loss calculations and shading analysis before he was let loose and sent out to talk to potential customers about our systems and advise on the right system for their home/situation.Will joined Spirit after working for our sister company primrose.co.uk.
Justin joined Spirit in 2010 and now heads up our installation team. A qualified electrician, he has installed and commissioned LED lighting systems, emergency lighting systems, electric vehicle chargers, battery systems and PV systems ranging from small domestic systems to large commercial systems.
After graduating with a first class MEng degree in Chemical Engineering, Mauricio spent 10 months working in the upstream oil and gas industry. Having gained invaluable engineering, project and management experience on the rigs, he decided his passion was in renewable energy. Since joining Spirit in May 2015, Mauricio has developed extensive knowledge of solar PV, battery storage and LED lighting systems and is responsible for technical aspects of the business such as product sourcing, modelling, design, estimating and provision of schematics and drawings.