Commercial Blog

Spirit Energy Now Accepts SolarCoins: Air Miles for Solar Electricity

Erica Charles Sep 28, 2018 4:00:00 PM

We hear more and more about Blockchain technology.  The technology creates a transparent public ledger that records series of transactions, facilitating a fast, low-cost, trusted transfer of value without the involvement of traditional intermediaries.  

Already used in the financial sector, it’s only a matter of time before Blockchain hits the energy sector in a major way, particularly with the explosion of micro-generation of electricity, the ending of solar subsidies, and the advent of smart meters.

With Octopus Energy claiming to have paid customers to use excess electricity at night on four occasions in the last 12 months, real time peer-to-peer trading of electricity is surely just around the corner. Other potential applications include authentication of renewable generation and trading of emissions permits.

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Topics: SolarCoin, Is Solar a Good Investment?

Road to Zero: Workplace Charging Grant Increases to £500 per Chargepoint

Erica Charles Jul 20, 2018 2:48:56 PM

On 9th July, the government launched its “Road to Zero Strategy” to lead the world in zero emission vehicle technology.

Not to be confused with any other ‘Road to Zero’ or ‘Round in Circle’ government strategies, this one is all about ensuring at least 50% of cars are ultra-low emission by 2030, and ensuring that the infrastructure is in place to support this.

If you’re in charge of a ‘workplace’, the good news is that on the back of Road to Zero, the Workplace Charging Scheme will now contribute 75% of purchase and installation costs (up to a maximum of £500) towards the cost of each charging socket installed. 

The grant is available for to 20 chargepoints per applicant, across all sites.

In other words, up to £10,000 per business.

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Topics: EV Charging for Business

£5,000 Carbon Trust giveaway for SMEs expected to run out in Autumn 2018... it's NOW or NEVER for a subsidised lighting upgrade!

Erica Charles Jun 22, 2018 2:10:04 PM

The Green Business Fund, administered by the Carbon Trust, provides a non-refundable capital contribution to cover 15% of project costs, up to £5,000 towards the cost of energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting upgrades and solar PV.

But .... the fund is finite and latest forecasts suggest that it will run out in Autumn 2018.  If you are considering implementing a lighting upgrade project, or installing solar PV, and want to benefit from the £5,000 giveaway.. it really is now or never.....

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Topics: Energy Efficiency Finance, Carbon Trust Loans, Green Business Finance

Free CPD Training for Commercial End Users: Solar PV and / or Battery Storage - Our Offices or Yours

Erica Charles Jun 15, 2018 11:05:38 AM

Are you responsible for a commercial property or a commercial / residential property portfolio? Or are you an architect, specifier, commercial end user, engineer, contractor or consultant seeking to learn more about solar PV or battery storage?

If so you many be interested in our FREE CPD accredited training courses.

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Topics: CPD Training

LED Lighting Calculator: How Much Money Could Your Business Save?

Erica Charles May 18, 2018 7:37:12 AM

Upgrading to LED lighting typically halves your lighting bill.

If you install lighting controls at the same time (occupancy sensors etc), you can reduce running costs by around 70%, particularly if half your office is empty, but all your lights are on.

Spirit Energy has this week launched an online LED Lighting Calculator to enable you to see very quickly how much energy, and money, you could save, and how long it would take a lighting upgrade to pay for itself (usually 2-4 years, less if you are eligible for Green Business Funding).

FREE

Online LED Calculator

 

Calculate Now

 

Where are the easy wins for your organisation?

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Topics: LED high bay replacement bulbs, LED lighting calculator

Electric car charging points for business: EVBox and EO

Erica Charles Mar 7, 2018 2:08:22 PM

By 2020, a business with 100 employees can expect to have 10 employees with an electric car

Time flies, and guess what, 2020 is only 22 months away...... No surprise then that many businesses are making their first foray into the world of electric car chargers to give their customers, staff and fleet the necessary EV charging infrastructure. 

As they do so, they are realising that EV charging not only represents an opportunity to make their business a better place to work for employees and boost their CSR credentials, it also provides a potential new revenue stream, albeit a modest one unless installed at scale (click here for a brief summary of the business case).

The question is, if you want to install EV chargers at work, what functionality should you look for, and which brand should you choose?

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Topics: EV Charging for Business, EO Charging, EVBox

More low carbon grants for SMEs...courtesy of the EU so apply now!

Henry Day Feb 2, 2018 4:49:13 PM

Following on from our previous blog detailing Carbon Trust's Green Business Fund, we have recently become aware of other (EU-funded) free handouts for SME's looking to enhance their green credentials AND reduce their bills!     

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Topics: Energy Efficiency Finance, Salix Finance, Carbon Trust Loans, Green Business Finance

Free solar, zero cost green: Spirit Energy’s new Guide to Solar PPAs

Erica Charles Jan 16, 2018 4:24:58 AM

According to Solar Power Portal, the latest EEVS Insight report has found that demand for solar PV among corporates remains above average, despite Brexit uncertainty impacting the wider energy efficiency sector.

This comes as no surprise to us, because we frequently see companies able to achieve a 12-20% IRR (internal rate of return) from solar PV, over the 25 year expected life of the system.

And solar PV provides a very visual statement of an organisation's green credentials. It is a technology well liked by the public and thus appealing to employees, shareholders, customers and suppliers.

Furthermore, if your organisation fits the criteria for a Solar PPA (Solar Power Purchase Agreement), you can benefit from having solar on site without paying for the system yourself. 

What is a Solar PPA?

Read on to find out more, or download our brand new (and free) Guide to Solar PPAs:

 

Guide to Solar PPAs

(Power Purchase Agreements)

 

 

Download now

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Topics: Solar PPAs

Angling for a Flat Roof Solar System?

Erica Charles Jan 2, 2018 5:06:09 PM

Driving around business parks and industrial estates (as I do..), I am frequently struck by how many flat roofed industrial buildings there are, and how few of them have solar panels on them.

Flat roof solar tends to cost slightly more than sloping roof solar, but it's still worth doing - payback times of 7-9 years are typical, versus an expected life of 20-30 years.

In simple terms the lifetime cost per kWh generated is around 4.5p.  With the Feed-in Tariff subsidy that falls to around 3p per kWh! 

You really should want one...

3p per kWh is pretty amazing, particularly when compared to a grid cost of 10-15p per kWh and rising. So if your premises has a flat roof, don't dismiss it. Call us and we'll assess the viability of the installation for you. 

In the mean time, here are a few key things to be aware of, including the optimal panel slope, the optimal orientationfixing type, ballast, and roof warranties. 

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Topics: Flat roof solar

Emergency Lighting Compliance: Automatic Test Systems pay for themselves within 3-6 years

Erica Charles Dec 14, 2017 5:20:42 PM

Emergency lighting needs to be checked every month. Any repairs or remedial work must be carried out within a reasonable time and all changes must be recorded.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that a significant proportion of organisations do not regularly test and maintain their emergency lighting.

This is partly because standards have changed (BS 5266 was updated in 2016) and the relevant people may be behind the times. But it’s also because testing emergency lighting every month (and annually for a three hour test) is rather laborious and labour intensive, and therefore expensive.

The fines for non-compliance are even more expensive.

Installing the right test mechanism to make compliance easy is fundamental.

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Topics: Emergency lighting compliance