Road to Zero: Government Increases Workplace Charging Grant to £500 Per Socket

Erica Charles Jul 20, 2018 2:53:57 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.

Read more

Topics: EV charging

Choosing an Electric Car Charger for a Commercial New Build Specification

Erica Charles Jul 9, 2018 4:52:40 PM

If you are involved in electrical specifying, it’s only a matter of time before you are going to have to specify electric car chargers as standard on many of your commercial sites.


Whether you are installing a single commercial chargepoint, or a multi-site network, there are a few things you need to consider when choosing a charger brand and model.


We’ve written a 2 minute guide below:

Read more

Topics: EVBox, EV charging

Free CPD Training - Solar PV and / or Battery Storage - Our Offices or Yours

Erica Charles Jun 15, 2018 10:55:01 AM

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 may be interested in our FREE training courses.

Read more

Topics: CPD Training

Solar Panel Bird-Proofing Without Voiding the Panel Warranty

Erica Charles Apr 11, 2018 1:40:19 PM

If you are in charge of specify or installing on-roof solar panels, you should consider installing solar panel protection to stop birds from nesting under the panels. 


Nesting birds cause problems for solar panels and increase the need for general building maintenance. 


Luckily the industry has now developed well-proven solutions for solar panel protection: solar mesh and solar bird spikes.


Why are nesting birds a problem for solar systems?


Read more

Topics: Solar panel protection, Solar panel bird proofing

Electric car charging points installation: focus on EV Box

Erica Charles Mar 16, 2018 8:36:36 AM

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

It is hardly surprising that we are gradually seeing the inclusion of EV charging points in new build specifications, both residential and commercial.  

If you are needing to specify EV chargers in a project, what functionality should you look for, and which brand should you choose?

Read more

Topics: EVBox, EV charging

Spirit's Q1 Contractor Update: Solar Panel Costs and Performance

Henry Day Jan 26, 2018 3:02:19 PM
Every quarter, we issue an updated version of our free Solar PV Specifier's Guide (otherwise known as "Spirit's Easy Guide to Solar"). 
This comprehensive info pack covers everything we believe a specifier should know about solar PV. 
If you've previously downloaded the guide, you now have the option to just download our  Quarterly Cost Update (Appendix I of the full guide), which will keep you up-to-date with current solar power costs and subsidy rates.
The contents of the two downloads are as follows:
Read more

Topics: Quarterly Contractor Update

Flat Roof Solar: Finding the Right Angle

Erica Charles Jan 5, 2018 8:04:49 AM

One of the most common misunderstandings surrounding flat roof solar installations concerns the panel mounting angles - the slope relative to the horizontal and the orientation relative to south.

In the UK, solar panels produce most power when mounted at between 30 and 40 degrees to the horizontal, facing due south. It is therefore natural to assume that this is the best angle to tilt them at for flat roof installations. But this is not usually the case, as there are other factors that come into play with flat roof mounting:


Read more

Topics: Flat roof solar

Sign Up for Spirit's FREE CPD Certified Training on Solar PV and Battery Storage

Erica Charles Dec 1, 2017 10:01:11 AM


Are you an architect, specifier, engineer, contractor or consultant seeking to learn more about solar PV or battery storage? If so you many be interested in our FREE training courses.

Read more

Topics: CPD Training

Spirit's updated (and FREE) Guide to Building Integrated Solar PV (BIPV)

Erica Charles Nov 16, 2017 6:03:44 PM

Solar tiles, solar glass, solar facades, solar roofs, and in-roof systems are growing in popularity due to their ability to take the place of building elements whilst generating electricity and reducing running costs of the building.

Leading architects are no longer confining themselves to solar tiles and complete solar roofs, they are also specifying solar in atriums, in windows, as solar cladding, on bus stops and in car parks....

Our updated Guide to Building Integrated Photovoltaics will keep you ahead of the game, featuring:

Read more

Topics: BIPV, Building Integrated Photovoltaics, In Roof Solar Panels, Roof Integrated Solar Panels

SunPower and BenQ solar panels generate 30-50% more power

Erica Charles Nov 2, 2017 12:58:26 PM

When you specify solar as a contractor or architect, you are often trying to hit an output target. What if your roof is too small? For example, if your solar system needs to generate 10,000 kWh per year, but the roof space is too small to use standard panels, which panel do you turn to?

Read more

Topics: SunPower, BenQ