Homeowner Blog

Smart Solar Homes May Eliminate Peak Demand

George Riley 29 Jul 2020

Recently the Solar Trade Association (STA) published a report modelling the impact of solar PV, battery storage and smart home controls on the UK’s electricity supply and demand. In particular it examines how these technologies can help balance the grid as it becomes ever more complex and under pressure.

We’re going to dig into how solar PV can integrate with smart homes to reduce or even eliminate peak demand.

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, Solar PV

Why Are Electricity Prices Rising?

George Riley 16 Apr 2020

Getting your latest electricity bill is rarely a fun experience, yet it seems to become ever more painful. The national grid has undergone a huge transformation in the past decade from coal-heavy to embracing wind and solar, the costs of which have crashed. So there’s a logical disconnect - why are electricity prices rising if renewables are getting cheaper?

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Topics: Battery storage, Solar PV

Upgrading Your Home Battery to Backup

Mark Golding 25 Mar 2020

In light of the recent news, the idea of being grid independent with your own power cut protection has become a lot more attractive. 

We have had a number of customers interested in upgrading their solar PV or battery systems to protect them from power cuts. As we mentioned in a previous blog, a solar PV system alone will not protect you from an outage. With no batteries, if the power goes out, your PV system will switch off. This is a safety mechanism so that you do not discharge any excess PV energy to the grid and seriously injure someone if they are working to repair the grid near your house!

Even if you have a battery, some of them will not be able to island your property from the grid, which is the crucial step needed to have a backup system. Batteries need to follow strict DNO regulations to operate during a power outage as well, and will always need prior grid permission before installing.

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Topics: Battery storage, Tesla Powerwall

How to Run Your House on Solar Power and Renewable Energy

George Riley 05 Mar 2020

Many of our customers are keen to use the greenest energy possible in their home. There are substantial benefits (whether you have solar panels or not), from cutting your carbon footprint to maximising bill savings and energy independence.

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

DNO Permission for Solar PV

David Woon 20 Feb 2020

Image: Ofgem.

What is DNO permission and when do you need it?

The DNO or District Network Operator is the company responsible for distributing electricity from the National Grid to your home or business. In the UK there are 14 different district networks or DNO regions which are owned by six groups. For our installation zone, the distributions network operators which we are concerned by are Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE), UK Power Networks (UKPN), and Western Power Distribution (WPD).

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Topics: Battery storage, Solar PV

Do You Need Power Cut Protection?

George Riley 11 Feb 2020

At the end of January, thousands of homes local to us across Reading, Bracknell and Basingstoke suffered power outages for an average of 3 hours. This past week, Storm Ciara denied over 500,000 of us access to electricity. And last August the country was hit by the worst blackout in a decade, affecting hospitals, trains and over a million people. 

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Topics: Battery storage, Tesla Powerwall

Celebrating 10 Years of Spirit Energy

Erica Charles 28 Jan 2020

Today is a big day at Spirit Energy.

It’s our 10th anniversary.

Most importantly we are celebrating with a big cake, but we have also taken time to review some of the milestones reached within the last 10 years, both at Spirit and within the wider community, focusing on cleaner air, climate change mitigation and sustainable fuel supply.

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, Solar PV

Spirit’s Year in Review 2019

David Woon 19 Dec 2019

Now that Christmas is less than a week away and the new year is just around the corner, it only seems right to reflect on what has been quite an eventful year for the solar and renewables industry.

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, zappi, Solar PV, Tesla Powerwall

Octopus Shakes up the Market with its Tesla Tariff

George Riley 21 Nov 2019

We’re entering a period of dramatic change for the energy sector. From smaller independents breaking the hold of the Big 6 and consumers generating their own solar power to dynamic pricing plans and smart homes.

The latest innovation is one that combines all of these: Octopus’s Tesla Energy Plan.

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, Solar PV, Tesla Powerwall

Victor Kiam and the Tesla Powerwall: "So impressed I bought the company."

Erica Charles 12 Apr 2019

Yesterday I had my own modest version of a Victor Kiam moment.

If you are too young to remember Mr Kiam, spend 30 seconds watching this…. Mr Kiam's famous line ‘I loved the shaver so much I bought the company’ was the cornerstone of a hugely successful 1979 advertising campaign.

Mr Kiam was swept away by the joy of a sharp shave. For me it was Tesla and the sheer passion with which they are pursuing their mission ‘to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy’.

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Topics: Battery storage, Tesla Powerwall