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

Smart Solar Homes May Eliminate Peak Demand

Posted by George Riley on 29 Jul 2020

Recently the Solar Trade Association (STA) published a report modelling the impact of solar PV, battery storage and smart home controls on the UK’s electricity supply and demand. In particular it examines how these technologies can help balance the grid as it becomes ever more complex and under pressure.

We’re going to dig into how solar PV can integrate with smart homes to reduce or even eliminate peak demand.

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Meet the Andersen A2 Charger

Posted by George Riley on 24 Jul 2020

As EVs become a part of daily life for more and more of us, the humble chargepoint is no longer just a plug socket. It’s the brains behind intelligent, economic charging. It’s a device that has to stand up to use day in, day out. It’s a feature of the look and feel of our homes.

One chargepoint excels in all these regards and is a cut above the rest in the design stakes - the Andersen A2. And we’re delighted to announce that Spirit is now an Andersen approved installer.

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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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Lichen on Solar Panels

Posted by George Riley on 15 Jul 2020

Solar panels perform best when they are clean. Any dirt or growth on the modules can block out sunlight and have a substantial impact on power output. Perhaps the hardest form of soiling to remove is lichen on solar panels.

But why does it grow on solar arrays and how can we deal with it?

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Solar Panel Grants of up to £5,000 for SMEs

Posted by George Riley on 09 Jul 2020

As businesses start to get up and running again, there’s a renewed focus on the UK’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. By investing in the right technology, companies can support this by lowering their carbon emissions, alongside saving on their energy bills.

Low Carbon Workspaces wants to aid businesses in this transition and is offering grants of up to £5,000 to invest in carbon-saving upgrades. This could be a grant for solar panels, battery storage, insulation, EVs or lighting.

Grants are available for SMEs based in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, ranging from £1,000 - £5,000 to cover up to a third of the cost of energy improvements. The scheme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

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SAP Requirements: Solar PV to the Rescue

Posted by George Riley on 07 Jul 2020

Love them or loathe them, SAP requirements are a key part of building new homes. We know how tricky it can be to meet the regulations for energy performance and CO2 reductions. But as solar panel installers with long standing partnerships in construction, we’re determined to help you meet SAP requirements with solar PV as simply as possible.

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Company Electric Cars: How to Support Employee EVs

Posted by George Riley on 16 Jun 2020

It’s an understatement to say that this year has changed the way we work. Nationwide lockdown, remote working, travel restrictions… there have been many adjustments for us all. As lockdown eases, more people are expected to drive to the office, particularly as we’re encouraged to avoid trains and buses.

But is there a way you can support your staff’s safe travel, without adding more pollution to an atmosphere that has experienced a welcome reprieve?

Here’s why there has never been a better time to invest in company electric cars and infrastructure for employee EVs.

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Sign up for CPD Webinars

Posted by George Riley on 02 Jun 2020

A couple of months ago, we announced that we would be offering our free CPD training online during the coronavirus restrictions. Since then we’ve been running sessions and have been astounded by the interest and enthusiasm from people keen to learn about renewable technologies - and pick up some new skills in lockdown.

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Installing SunPower Panels In-Roof

Posted by Mark Golding on 09 Apr 2020

Spirit recently installed solar PV at the new home of one of our sales team. Since there’s no better way to live and breathe the technology than through personal experience, Mark shares his take on the process of installing SunPower panels with an integrated GSE mounting system.

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