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Project Farmhouse - Blog 4 - Planning Permission is in

Project Farmhouse - Blog 4 - Planning Permission is in

Planning permission is in

Over the past 12 months Bright Spark have been working with Smalley & Hales Architects, the South Downs National Park planning and historic buildings officers on the #projectfarmhouse.   

There has been a lot of work carried out to design a scheme that extends and modernises the Farmhouse for a 21st century young family yet retaining the character and charm of the listed building.   The current designs create a new open plan kitchen and dining space linked to the old kitchen (converted into utility room) and children’s play room.   The garage, suffering from subsidence, will be replaced.

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Once the building works are finished then the restoration of the rest of the house will start with a new heating and hot water system. We are planning to use all local contractors and local materials for the build.

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Bright Spark Energy, have been involved in #projectfarmhouse since the very beginning.  Saul and the Technical Team have been focussed on electrical and lighting design incorporating smart home technologies and ensuring the right renewable technologies will be installed.  The team have designed in: 


  • Solar Panels on the south facing roof and Battery Storage

  • Smart Home Tech so heating and lighting can be run from an iPad

  • Data and AV cabling with an integrated sound system


Our planning application is live on the SDNP planning portal - SDNP/19/03154/FUL  All comments of support welcome. 

CHAS Accredited Contractor

CHAS Accredited Contractor

Bright Spark Energy are excited to announce that we have become a CHAS accredited contractor.

Southwold School - Installing Solar Panels to Save Carbon

Southwold School - Installing Solar Panels to Save Carbon

As part of The White Horse Federations investment in Solar PV, Bright Spark Energy were appointed to install solar panels at 10 of their schools. By working together, we have combated rising energy costs and made these schools more energy efficient.

WEEE Scheme Recolight Member ...

WEEE Scheme Recolight Member ...

Bright Spark Energy is very proud and excited to share with our customers that we have become part of the WEEE Scheme Recolight !

This scheme offers FREE RECYCLING for all LIGHTING in scope of the WEEE regulations.


Recolight is a WEEE producer compliance scheme, set up by the lighting industry in 2005 to prepare for the WEEE regulations that were enforced in the UK in 2007.

Recolight operate across the UK providing WEEE compliance to the lighting industry and a FREE recycling service for business end users. The non-profit WEEE Compliance Scheme helps to set the WEEE standard. For end users like ourselves, collecting 1000+ lamps each quarter, they offer a FREE container, FREE collections & FREE recycling. For smaller quantities they have a UK network of collection points - these can be found on their website.

To date, Recolight has recycled more WEEE lighting than all UK compliance schemes combined, making us very proud to be a part of this thriving scheme.

As a Renewable Energy and Electrical company, we are very serious about our environmental responsibilities. That is why becoming a Recolight member is so important to us. We know as a member that not only are we meeting our obligations under the WEEE Regulations but we are also becoming part of a scheme that is saving costs, increasing awareness and raising recycling rates.

Solar PV Installation at Felpham Community Hall and Conference Centre.

Solar PV Installation at Felpham Community Hall and Conference Centre.

Our Arundel based Solar PV team have just completed the installation of a 15.6 KWp Solar PV system at Felpham Community Hall and Conference Centre. The Community Centre is located amongst the new Blake’s Mead Estate, on Meaden Way, Felpham, West Sussex and providing a really valuable community resource.

We are looking for a Electrician in the West Sussex area to join our team ...

We are looking for a Electrician in the West Sussex area to join our team ...

Bright Spark Energy is a NICEIC and MCS approved Contractor, based in Arundel, West Sussex with a second base near Exeter, Devon. Due to rapid growth, we are looking for a qualified electrician to support and grow the business in West Sussex as well as supporting the delivery of commercial Solar PV and LED Lighting upgrade projects across the country.

The right candidate will have a ‘can do’ attitude and be able to work on a range of different projects, from running large domestic rewires to being part of commercial installations, eventually managing a team in delivering these projects.

Required Skills include:

  • Be customer focused and work independently representing the company

  • Good communication skills, initiative and attention to detail

  • Ability to work within a deadline driven team environment

  • At least 5 years' experience as a qualified electrician

  • Ability to mentor an apprentice/mate

  • BS 7671 17th Edition

  • ECS Card or equivalent

  • C&G (City & Guilds) Level 3

  • 2391 or 2394/95 preferable

  • Solar PV experience (domestic or commercial) preferable

  • A full UK driving license (Clean)

  • DBS Certificate essential


Pay dependent on experience between £33,280 and £37,440 based on a 40-hour week with the expectation of some overtime when required.

  • Full Time Position – either PAYE / CIS

  • “Staying Away”. / Night working allowance

  • 20 Days Holiday

  • Discretionary Bonus (PAYE)

  • Company Vehicle, Fuel Card, iPad, Phone, Pension (PAYE), Training (PAYE), Uniform, PPE Equipment

  • Family orientated company

We operate as an equal opportunities employer and we welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or beliefs, disability, age, political opinions or trade union membership.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £33,280.00 to £37,440.00 /year.

Please email a copy of your CV to or if you would like anymore information on the job role please phone 0203 837 4957.

Making Saving Energy Simple for Schools

Making Saving Energy Simple for Schools

At Bright Spark Energy we make installing Solar PV and LED Lighting in Schools and Academies easy. We have managed and/or delivered over 150 projects in schools with the following benefits:

  • Saving money instantly

  • Improving teaching and learning environments

  • Reducing the schools impact on the environment

  • Using green technologies as a tool for learning

All of this is possible with no capital cost using a range of unique social enterprise funding options.

Lisa Meek, Headteacher, Pilgrim Primary School.

Lisa Meek, Headteacher, Pilgrim Primary School.

Thinking holistically to reduce rising energy costs

Energy prices are rising at over 10% per annum. In order to reduce the impact of this, it is important to think holistically by investing in the right set of technologies, we can make your school more sustainable over the next 20 years ….

Please get in contact to find out how we can help your school in 2019.


t: @BrightSparkEn


Nest Pro Installer

Nest Pro Installer

Nest Pros are independent contractors who have access to exclusive training and tools for Nest products, so they can help you evaluate the needs of your home and your family and get the most out of your installation

Come and join us for 'Green' drinks ...

Come and join us for 'Green' drinks ...

Our MD, Mark Stevenson, has been invited to talk about Solar PV at the popular “Green Drinks” talks run by Geoff Barnard and the Steyning 1010 Climate group on Wednesday 31st October 2018 at Steyning Cricket Club.  The session will also include a Q&A on energy issues.

Feed-in Tariff closing April 2019.

Feed-in Tariff closing April 2019.

Are you considering installing Solar Panels in your home, business or school?

If so, with only 6 months left before the Feed-in Tariff ends, it may be worth considering sooner rather than later. Right now, the Feed-in Tariff currently pays you for the electricity your system sends back to the grid for upto 20 years.

FITs In Summary

The Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme is a UK Government scheme designed to encourage uptake of a range of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.

Under FITs, you could be paid for the electricity you generate if you install or have installed an eligible system like solar PV, a wind or hydro turbine, or micro CHP.

The UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) makes the policy decisions about the FITs scheme and are the relevant contact for queries about legislation.

The energy regulator Ofgem E-Serve administers the scheme.

Certain energy suppliers (also known as FITs licensees) handle FITs scheme applications and will make the FITs payments. The large energy suppliers are required by law to be FITs Licensees; smaller suppliers are not required by law to do this but many have opted to offer this service anyway. Visit Ofgem for a list of FITs Licensees.

Please note that the information on this page is not an exhaustive list of all the criteria of the Feed-In Tariffs scheme.

How much could I receive through FITs?

If you are eligible to receive FITs payments you will benefit in three ways:

  • Generation tariff: your energy supplier will pay you a set rate for each unit (or kWh) of electricity you generate. Once your system has been registered, the tariff levels are guaranteed for the period of the tariff (up to 20 years) and are index-linked.
  • Export tariff: your energy supplier will pay you a further rate for each unit you export back to the electricity grid, so you can sell any electricity you generate but don't use yourself. At some stage smart meters will be installed to measure what you export, but until then it is estimated as being 50 per cent (75 per cent for hydro) of the electricity you generate (only systems above 30kWp need to have an export meter fitted, and a domestic system is unlikely to be that big).
  • Energy bill savings: you will be making savings on your electricity bills because generating electricity to power your appliances means you don’t have to buy as much electricity from your energy supplier. The amount you save will vary depending how much of the electricity you use on site. Visit our Renewable electricity pages.

Article from the Energy Saving Trust Website

Get in contact with us today for more information on how we can help you save money, save energy and save carbon!

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Project Farmhouse - Blog 1 - Introduction

Project Farmhouse - Blog 1 - Introduction

The first blog post in our series about our Farmhouse Project, working with our customers to make a Grade II listed building into a comfortable and modern family home.

Marlborough Primary School - Solar PV Installation 2018

Marlborough Primary School - Solar PV Installation 2018

Marlborough Primary School is part of the REAch South Academy Trust. The Primary School is based in the heart of Plymouth and is in an old granite building that has proven hard to heat and light effectively resulting in large energy bills.


Bright Spark Energy were asked to design a solution that not only reduced the energy consumption of the buildings but also to improve lighting quality.  We were asked to provide a Solar PV system in conjunction with an LED Lighting project to reduce the reliance on grid bought electricity.  The School was using 69,500 kWhs per annum for Electricity paying a high electricity rate.

Solar PV System – reducing the energy from the grid.

We proposed and installed a 49.8KWp Solar PV System at Marlborough Primary School subsidised by a Social Enterprise operating rental with no upfront cost to the School. 

Using the standard MCS yield calculator we calculated the following yields for the installation. 


Performance 12 months on

We have been tracking the performance of the Solar PV system as the O&M partner to the social enterprise funder using the Meter Online enabled Solar PV Meter– in the past 12 months the system has worked well and outperformed our initial expectations. 

Expected Actual

Yield (kWhs) 49,950 . 52,667.8

Export (kWhs) 7,492 27.3

Electricity Saving (£) 5,094.90 6,320.14

FITs Income (£) 2,157.84 2,275.25

Export Income (£) 367.88 0

The School has consumed almost all of the Solar PV generated maximising self-consumption and increasing the savings generated to be re-invested back in to Teaching and Learning.

After paying the operating rental quarterly in arrears the Primary School will generation a net saving of £ 3,100.01 to invest back into the social mission of the fund – to further the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children.


 Customer Contact Details:

Ian Carnwell – Director of the Learning Environment

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Twitter: @ReachSouth1

Cutting energy costs - is renewable energy the answer?

Cutting energy costs - is renewable energy the answer?

Becoming more environmentally sustainable is becoming increasingly more important from a financial perspective as well as the right thing to do says Mark Stevenson, Director at Bright Spark Energy. 

How you can make your home energy efficient.

How you can make your home energy efficient.

Being more energy conscious will not only help you to save your hard-earned money, but will reduce your carbon footprint, helping to save the planet one ‘switch’ at a time. This is achievable by making a number of small changes to your daily life.

Steyning Downland Scheme Gateway Building

Steyning Downland Scheme Gateway Building

The Steyning Downland Scheme engages the local community and young people in particular, in enhancing the natural beauty of 165 acres of the South Downs National Park for the benefit of the community, the land and its wildlife. They are a registered charity, run in accordance with Christian values, partnering with the Wiston Estate, the National Park Authority, A Rocha UK and local volunteers.

The Charity has recently completed the construction of a new 'gateway' building at the entrance to their Nature Reserve for use by schools, community groups and the general public.

Matthew Thomas, Project Manager of Steyning Downland Scheme and Tara Kennard, Business Manager of Bright Spark Energy.

Matthew Thomas, Project Manager of Steyning Downland Scheme and Tara Kennard, Business Manager of Bright Spark Energy.

The Problem

Matthew Thomas, Project Manager at the Downland Scheme, contacted Bright Spark Energy to work with the Scheme to provide power to the Gateway Building to charge tools and electronic learning resources and lighting for function and external lighting for Solar PV.

The Gateway Building provided a number of challenges.  Because of the age of the distribution network in the area, providing mains electricity was not a cost-effective option so our Solar PV design team had to come up with a number of other options.

The Solution

At Bright Spark we have a history of designing and installing off grid Solar PV systems with battery storage, so we designed a bespoke Solar PV system for the Downland Schemes Gateway Building.  The Off-Grid System included:

·      260w Yingli Solar Panels x 5

·      Victron Blue Solar MPPT

·      Victron Phoenix Inverter

·      Victron Super AGM Super Cycle M8 Batteries x 2

·      New Distribution Board with new LED IP rated Lighting, External Bulkheads with MW sensors         and an             LED PIR Spotlight.

The system will have the following characteristics:

The Solar Panels on the Gateway Building.

The Solar Panels on the Gateway Building.

The team at the Gateway were very happy with the end result. 

“We’re extremely grateful to Bright Spark Energy for helping us out with a power supply for the Gateway” said Matthew Thomas, SDS Project Manager. “Now we can fit lighting inside, which will be a huge help, particularly for those short, winter days when we do most of our habitat conservation work”.

Donating the System to the Downland Scheme.

 We were so excited about the project we decided to sponsor the gateway building by donating the Solar PV system with battery storage and the LED lighting.

“Part of our ethos is to invest our time and profits back into working on local community projects such as the Steyning Downland Scheme.  I was very impressed by the work they have been doing and the positive impact it will have on the local schools and wider community.  Mark Stevenson, Managing Director, Bright Spark Energy.


Charlie and Saul installing the Charge Controller and Inverter.

Charlie and Saul installing the Charge Controller and Inverter.