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Are Solar Panels Worth It in 2019? Yes, Solar Power Costs around 9p/kWh!

Erica Charles 25 Jun 2019

This year saw the Feed-in Tariff closed to new applicants, leaving a very different landscape to the heady days of 2010, when the feed-in tariff scheme was first launched and the subsidy was around 43p per kWh. So, are solar panels worth it today?

Speaking purely from a financial point of view, the answer is a resounding yes. Of course beyond the financial, there are many other environmental benefits to be gained from installing solar, installing residential battery storage, driving an electric vehicle etc. Not least because they all contribute directly or indirectly to tackling air pollution, which, we are told, is gradually destroying the nation's health.

Back to the financials. The solar subsidy may have fallen, but so has the cost of the technology. Overall the cost of domestic solar electricity is now around 9p per kWh. This is well below the p average domestic import cost from the grid (which, by the way, increased by 7% in the last 12 months...).

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Topics: Financing, Solar PV

Electric Car Charging Point Grants: Only for Smart Chargers from July 2019

Erica Charles 17 Jan 2019

The government says it wants the UK to be the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.

To support this, it needs the National Grid to be Smart, with a finely tuned set of tools available to balance demand and supply.

With this in mind, the government has announced that from July 2019, the grant of £500 per charge point available for home and workplace charge points will only be given to people installing Smart Chargers to charge their electric car.

What's a Smart Charger?

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Topics: Financing, EV charging

£5000 Giveaway from the Carbon Trust for SMEs and State Schools

Erica Charles 27 Sep 2017

Did you know that the Green Business Fund will provide a non-refundable capital contribution of 15% of project costs, up to £5,000 towards the cost of energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting upgrades and solar PV? 

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Topics: Financing, LED lighting

Now taking orders for EV charge points

Erica Charles 13 Jul 2017

Get a generous £500 government grant towards your EV charger installation.

Spirit Solar engineers are now approved to install electric vehicle charge points, and claim the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) grant on behalf of our customers.

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Topics: Financing, EV charging