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The Best Solar Export Tariffs in Autumn 2023

Charlie McGibbon · 03 Nov 2023

It's been a while since we updated our readership on the full range of export tariffs available on market. Here at Spirit we work closely with a variety of energy companies to help you get the best rates for your solar PV system. With that in mind here is an overview of the state of the market for getting you the best value for excess energy. 


Topics: Tariffs, Solar PV

Solar PV Systems and EPC ratings

Charlie McGibbon · 18 Oct 2023



Topics: Solar PV, Environment

Solar Panel Systems in a Heatwave

Charlie McGibbon · 11 Sep 2023

This September has broken records for heat and sunshine. So good news for solar panels, correct? Well, generally, yes - as temperatures increase and the clouds dissipate, you can expect to see greater outputs from your solar panels, but it's important to remember that it's not the heat that solar panels capture, it's the light.

In fact, solar panels are known to have a drop off in efficiency at warmer temperatures. This is because heat increases the voltage resistance to electrons, so the warmer a solar panel system is the less efficiently it runs. A crisp winter's day is actually the ideal weather for a solar panel system rather than sweltering summer, it's the greater number of daylight hours the summer provides that means a greater output during the summer months, not the heat. 


Spirit Energy are now MCS Accredited for Battery Installation

Charlie McGibbon · 24 Aug 2023

As a result of Spirit Energy's outstanding standards in battery installation we recently became MCS accredited for battery storage systems.

Spirit have always strictly adhered to guidance from MCS for their installations and are now officially recognised for battery storage installations. MCS play a vital role in the UK solar industry to ensure that all installers, new and old are adhering to best practise in design and installation, it's therefore important you select an installer that knows and adheres to the regulations for all technologies.

This puts Spirit Energy
in just 15% of companies nationwide that are MCS accredited for both Battery Storage and Solar PV.

Spirit Energy are therefore the perfect choice for an integrated solar PV and battery installation, as most other MCS accredited solar PV installers will only be covered for the solar PV aspect of the installation, so why not opt for an installer that can offer peace of mind on both by calling 0118 951 4490 for your free quote today.

You can view Spirit Energy's full list of accreditations here. 


Topics: Battery storage, Spirit Energy news

Tesla Powerwall 2 Rebate

Charlie McGibbon · 15 Aug 2023

Tesla Powerwall 2 is one of our most recommended batteries for a domestic installation. For a limited time, Tesla are offering a £350 rebate for Tesla Powerwall 2s installed between August 11th and 31st December 2023 from certified installers.

Spirit Energy are a Tesla authorised partner so if you're in the market for a battery installation at your property, why not avail yourself of this offer and get in touch with our experienced and knowledgeable sales and estimating team today to reserve your slot in our busy installation calendar. We will walk you through the pros and cons of the various battery systems on offer. So pick up the phone today and call 0118 951 4490 or email us at info@spiritenergy.co.uk.

You can find more detailed information on the rebate here, and don't forget to check out our knowledge bank article on the Tesla Powerwall 2 here


Topics: Battery storage, Financing, Tesla Powerwall

Do I Need Battery Storage?

Charlie McGibbon · 06 Jul 2023

When installing a solar PV system in your home one of the elements to consider is if you need a battery system to complement your PV panel setup. At Spirit, we install battery systems for most domestic PV systems we install, however there are a few factors that go into this decision.


Topics: Battery storage, FAQs