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George Riley

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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

Online CPD Training Now Available

George Riley 03 Apr 2020

As we settle into life on lockdown, we’re all finding new ways to keep our businesses running and make the best use of our time. The Spirit team is working remotely, but we’re determined to keep sharing our knowledge, even if we can’t visit companies to deliver our usual CPD sessions.

So, after a bit of testing, we’re delighted to announce that we can now offer online CPD training. Your staff can dial in from wherever they’re based for a virtual session on solar PV, battery storage or EV charging.

And best of all - it’s entirely free.

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

Solar Panel Cleaning

George Riley 30 Mar 2020

One of the questions we hear often is ‘Do I need to clean my solar panels?’. The short answer - it depends. So when should you invest in solar panel cleaning?

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Topics: Maintenance, Solar PV

Installing Solar PV in London

George Riley 22 Jan 2020

London has high solar ambitions. The city is committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050. To reach this, the Mayor aims to install 1GW of new solar by 2030 and 2GW by 2050.

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Topics: Solar PV

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