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Spirit Solar Ltd

Phone: +44(0)118 951 4490

Contact name: Erica Charles

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Spirit Solar Ltd

About the company

MCS accredited installers of renewable energy systems, including solar PV, solar thermal and heat pumps. They also install battery technology (with solar PV), LED and low energy lighting and controls, and electric vehicle charging points.

They have installed over 1500 systems for schools, farms, hospitals, care homes, contractors, and private individuals. Their own staff do the design, installation and commissioning; they are passionate about providing technically excellent installations at very competitive prices. The company’s work has regularly been recognised at the industry Clean Energy Awards.

Based in Reading, Berkshire, the company installs within a 60 mile radius of Reading. No job is too small – PV system sizes start at 0.5kWp, and run up to around 1000kW (1MW).

Clients include Kier Construction, Morgan Sindall, Crestmount Electrical Ltd, Taylor Wimpey, Lakehouse Contracts Ltd, Rollalong Ltd, Portakabin, Ashworth Electrical, Regal, Rotary Group, Foster & Allen Ltd as well as many farmers, schools, SMEs, and private individuals.

Recent solar PV installs include the largest installation of solar PV for a UK educational institution, being the installation of 634kWp of solar for Sparsholt and Andover College in Hampshire, 103kWp solar PV installed for Morgan Sindall on the Dolphin Retail Park in Salisbury, and 50kWp installed for Oxford City Council at its Horspath Depot.

The company has also installed several renewable heating systems including a biomass and solar thermal system for Mottisfont Abbey (a National Trust property), a biomass system for the Bradfield College Art Wing and a new heat pump for Hermitage Village Hall.

MCS certified installer since May 2010. Covers Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Heat Pumps.

Member of Renewable Energy Association April 2010

NICEIC Domestic Installer / Approved Contractor April 2010

Accredited technology groups: Lighting, Power supply & storage, Solar PV

Case Study: Sparsholt & Andover College

Between September 2015 and February 2016, Spirit installed and commissioned Solar PV arrays across 20 buildings spread out over Andover College, and Sparsholt College near Winchester. The array sizes ranged from 32 to 400 panels. In total over 2500 panels were installed.

The combined system will generate annually 570,000 kWh, enough energy to power 173 houses. The annual CO² saving generated by the panels will be 317 tonnes.

Overall this was the largest educational solar PV installation in the UK at the time of installation.

Dr Alan Whitehead, MP, Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change) attended an event at the College on Friday 10 June 2016 to celebrate the installation and addressed the audience including a number of leading figures from the sustainable energy industry.

I have spent many years in Parliament promoting the transition of energy to renewables. This is a revolutionary initiative which I can’t praise highly enough and credit to everyone involved. This initiative has scale and similar schemes should be developed up and down the country with organisations generating and supplying their own energy. I confidentially predict that Sparsholt will have a generating asset for the local grid which is something we need for the future. Sparsholt can show people how to take the revolution forward and I wish the College every success in getting a wider palette in creating energy

Dr Alan Whitehead, MP, Shadow Minister (Energy & Climate Change)

We are incredibly proud of this achievement which is hugely significant to the College in terms of realising our sustainable energy ambitions. The carbon dioxide (CO²) savings since only April is the equivalent to 118811 litres of oil fuel or 16417 cubic metres of natural gas or 18 tonnes of coal. We are is firmly committed to introducing further technologies which reduce its carbon footprint while also developing a centre to train for the skills required by future generations looking to work in the renewable energy sector.

Tim Jackson, Sparsholt & Andover College Principal

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