Our Blogs

We have three blogs at Spirit, covering renewable energy from a homeowner, commercial and contractor perspective. Keep up-to-date with all the latest developments in solar PV, battery storage and EV charging.

Recent posts

Perovskite Solar Cells: PV Beyond Silicon

Posted by George Riley on 18 Nov 2020

Technological breakthroughs are a mainstay of the solar industry. One area of development that’s received a lot of chatter over the years is perovskite solar cells - an alternative to the silicon that all conventional solar cells are made from.

So why are people excited about perovskite, and will it be the future of photovoltaics?

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We’re Continuing to Install Safely During Lockdown

Posted by George Riley on 10 Nov 2020

As the UK settles in for another lockdown, we want to take the opportunity to reassure you about all the measures we’ve taken at Spirit so we can continue the drive to sustainable energy during this challenging time.

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Tesla Energy Plan Now Open to All with Solar and Powerwall

Posted by George Riley on 05 Nov 2020

We’re entering a period of dramatic change for the energy sector. From smaller independents breaking the hold of the Big 6 and consumers generating their own solar power to dynamic pricing plans and smart homes.

The latest innovation is one that combines all of these: Octopus’s Tesla Energy Plan. Previously this was only available to Tesla vehicle owners, but now it’s open to everyone with solar PV and Powerwall battery storage.

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Discover Solar at Reading Climate Festival

Posted by George Riley on 29 Oct 2020

We’re very excited to announce that Spirit will be hosting a talk at Reading Climate Festival, a week of events this November to inspire climate action.

In what’s been an extremely tough year, there have been glimmers of hope in the sustainability world, from China’s surprise pledge to the UK’s expansion of wind power and protected areas of nature. Hopefully this festival will help our local community find ways to live more sustainably.

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Export Limitation: the Saviour of Large PV Systems?

Posted by George Riley on 21 Oct 2020

When in the planning and design stages of a solar PV project, you may come across the term export limitation. Essentially the process involves fitting a device to cap exported power going from the solar system to the grid. But why would you want or need one? Read on to find out...

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Solar Panels for Warehouses and Distribution Centres

Posted by George Riley on 23 Sep 2020

Demand for warehouse space in the UK is booming this year, as more of us turn to online shopping while the virus keeps us away from the high streets. The proportion of retail done online (which was already on the rise) has skyrocketed:

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Vehicle to Grid: Taking Charging up a Gear

Posted by George Riley on 16 Sep 2020

At present, electric car charging is simple: you plug in and top up the battery. But many predict that in the future, EVs will have a more symbiotic relationship with our national electricity network. Enter vehicle to grid charging.

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Spirit Installs Solar Panels at West Reservoir Centre

Posted by George Riley on 08 Sep 2020

We’re very excited to share our recent solar installation at West Reservoir Centre, an outdoor swimming facility in Hackney. It is the first installation in a new solar power scheme launched by Hackney Light and Power, as part of its mission to make the borough net zero carbon by 2040.

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Solar Panels for Supermarkets

Posted by George Riley on 22 Jul 2020

For most people, a trip to the shops is about picking up the weekly groceries, with rarely a concern for the huge amount of power needed to keep the building running and the food fresh.

As electricity bills rise, shop owners are keen to cut costs where they can. Here’s why we’d recommend solar panels for supermarkets to save money on energy and become more sustainable.

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