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Emergency Lighting - are you compliant? (What will YOU do if the lights go out?)

Erica Charles Nov 23, 2017 11:29:50 AM

If your mains lighting failed what would you do? Evacuate? Stay put? Use the daylight coming through the skylights or the windows to keep working?

Many organisations have emergency lighting, but it's amazing how few employees/occupants know what the drill is if the lights fail.  A fire alarm going off sends a recognisable message to get out. In contrast, without a clearly communicated policy, normal lighting failing and emergency lighting coming on is more likely to spread confusion, particularly in an environment where carrying on 'normally' is possible without the mains electricity working.

Furthermore, we see quite a few buildings in which the emergency lighting and / or signage hasn't been brought up to regulations - primarily the 2016 updated standard BS 5266

Does your business comply with the following? If not you’re at risk of prosecution:

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Topics: Emergency lighting compliance

High performance solar panels: SunPower solar panels generate 30-50% more power

Erica Charles Nov 3, 2017 5:43:25 AM

As a rule of thumb, with the decline in Feed-in Tariffs and the advent of battery storage, a grid-connected commercial solar system is best sized with an annual output (kWh) approximately equal to the annual load of the business / property.  

So if your load is 36,000kWh a year, and a kWp outputs 900kWh a year, size the system at 40 kWp.

What if your roof is too small to achieve this with standard panels? Which panel do you turn to?

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Topics: SunPower, BenQ

LED high bays cut Primrose lighting bill by 60% and removes metal halide fire risk

Erica Charles Oct 12, 2017 5:03:22 PM

Spirit’s warehouse adjoins the warehouse of Primrose, the online gardening retailer. Our unit is full of solar panels, inverters, batteries, LED lights and exciting things like that.  Their unit is full of garden furniture, water features, awnings, wind spinners and all of the exciting things available at www.primrose.co.uk.

Earlier this year we were called in to upgrade the metal halide lights to LED. 

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Topics: Green Business Finance, LED high bay replacement bulbs

£5,000 giveaway for SMEs from the Carbon Trust... could your business benefit?

Erica Charles Sep 27, 2017 1:49:22 PM

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: Carbon Trust Loans, Energy Efficiency Finance, Salix Finance, Green Business Finance

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