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Spirit’s Year in Review 2020

George Riley 17 Dec 2020

It’s fair to say this wasn’t quite the year any of us were hoping for.

But as 2020 draws to a close, we’d like to put the immeasurable challenges we’ve all faced to one side, and reflect on some of the positives this year has had to offer us. From sustaining the solar rollout to Tesla’s Energy Plan, there’s plenty to appreciate.

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, Tariffs, Solar PV

Heat Pumps with Solar Panels and Battery Storage

David Woon 04 Dec 2020

Image source: Wikimedia.

With more and more properties looking at reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, becoming more sustainable, and increasing their grid independence, opting for a heat pump ticks a lot of these boxes. Heat pumps may also see a significant rise in the coming years due to the announcement that it is highly likely gas boilers will be banned in new build properties in the next few years.

Though Spirit does not install heat pumps, we are interested in how they form part of a renewable energy powered home.

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Topics: Battery storage, Tariffs, Solar PV

Perovskite Solar Cells: PV Beyond Silicon

George Riley 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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Topics: Solar PV

Export Limitation: the Saviour of Large PV Systems?

George Riley 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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Topics: Battery storage, Solar PV

Vehicle to Grid: Taking Charging up a Gear

George Riley 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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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging

What is Peak Power in Solar Panels?

George Riley 10 Sep 2020

A perennial source of confusion when researching solar PV is peak performance. We regularly classify solar systems by their peak, their kWp. But does a system ever reach its peak? In very hot weather over the summer, system owners often observe a drop in performance - so is the peak power in solar panels even significant?

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Topics: In roof solar panels, Solar PV

Spirit Installs Solar Panels at the Natural History Museum in Tring

George Riley 24 Aug 2020

Spirit Energy is delighted to have been part of bringing renewable energy generation to the Natural History Museum in Tring.

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Topics: Solar PV

Van der Valk: Mounting Solar PV on Flat Roofs

George Riley 20 Aug 2020

For many commercial flat roofs, we install solar PV with Van der Valk mounting. It’s high quality kit, produced in the Netherlands, that offers flexible layouts, compact ballast, quick install time and affordable prices.

Read on for more on the challenges of flat roof solar and why we recommend Van der Valk.

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Topics: Solar PV

SAP Requirements: Solar PV to the Rescue

George Riley 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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Topics: Solar PV

Sign up for CPD Webinars

George Riley 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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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, CPD training, Solar PV