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Solar Panels for Warehouses and Distribution Centres

George Riley 23 Sep 2020

Demand for warehouse space in the UK is booming this year, as more of us turn to online shopping while the virus keeps us away from the high streets. The proportion of retail done online (which was already on the rise) has skyrocketed:

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Topics: LED lighting, Solar PV

Spirit Installs Solar Panels at West Reservoir Centre

George Riley 08 Sep 2020

We’re very excited to share our recent solar installation at West Reservoir Centre, an outdoor swimming facility in Hackney. It is the first installation in a new solar power scheme launched by Hackney Light and Power, as part of its mission to make the borough net zero carbon by 2040.

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Topics: Solar PV

Solar Panels for Supermarkets

George Riley 22 Jul 2020

For most people, a trip to the shops is about picking up the weekly groceries, with rarely a concern for the huge amount of power needed to keep the building running and the food fresh.

As electricity bills rise, shop owners are keen to cut costs where they can. Here’s why we’d recommend solar panels for supermarkets to save money on energy and become more sustainable.

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Topics: Battery storage, LED lighting, Solar PV

Solar Panel Grants of up to £5,000 for SMEs

George Riley 09 Jul 2020

As businesses start to get up and running again, there’s a renewed focus on the UK’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. By investing in the right technology, companies can support this by lowering their carbon emissions, alongside saving on their energy bills.

Low Carbon Workspaces wants to aid businesses in this transition and is offering grants of up to £5,000 to invest in carbon-saving upgrades. This could be a grant for solar panels, battery storage, insulation, EVs or lighting.

Grants are available for SMEs based in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, ranging from £1,000 - £5,000 to cover up to a third of the cost of energy improvements. The scheme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

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Topics: Financing, Solar PV

Company Electric Cars: How to Support Employee EVs

George Riley 16 Jun 2020

It’s an understatement to say that this year has changed the way we work. Nationwide lockdown, remote working, travel restrictions… there have been many adjustments for us all. As lockdown eases, more people are expected to drive to the office, particularly as we’re encouraged to avoid trains and buses.

But is there a way you can support your staff’s safe travel, without adding more pollution to an atmosphere that has experienced a welcome reprieve?

Here’s why there has never been a better time to invest in company electric cars and infrastructure for employee EVs.

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Topics: EV charging

Empty Premises? Upgrade Your Energy Systems!

George Riley 09 Jun 2020

Offices, shops, schools and other premises across the country have been shuttered or only partially open since the lockdown. In an undoubtedly difficult time, many organisations are looking to save money. This could be the perfect opportunity to look at improvements to your company’s energy use, investing in efficient technology to reduce your energy costs in the long term.

Here are a few things we can help with to make your energy usage greener and more cost-effective.

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Topics: Battery storage, Financing, LED lighting, Solar PV

LED Lighting Upgrades at No Upfront Cost

George Riley 14 Apr 2020

In times like these, it’s vital for many businesses to find ways to save money. It’s even better if saving money also saves energy and reduces the business’s carbon footprint. So we’re delighted to present a service that allows you to invest in long term savings, with no initial capital outlay...

By partnering with ECI Energy, Ireland’s leading lighting company, we can now offer LED lighting upgrades at no upfront cost. Instead, the service is repaid through a proportion of your bill savings over 5 years.

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Topics: LED lighting

Solar Panels for Farm Buildings

George Riley 18 Mar 2020

UK farms produce about 10% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions (due to cows, fertilisers, heavy machinery... and the fact that 71% of the UK is farmland) and pressure is mounting to address this, if we’re to meet our climate change mitigation ambitions.

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Topics: Solar PV

Green Data Centres and Solar Power

George Riley 26 Feb 2020

When we browse websites or store information in the cloud, we’re not just outsourcing computing power, we’re outsourcing the emissions needed to run the internet. Data centres pick up the slack. They consume more than 2% of electricity worldwide and collectively have the same emissions as the airline industry. With global data traffic doubling every four years, this is likely to increase - adding even more to the strain on the climate.

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Topics: Solar PV

How Can Companies Reduce Their Carbon Footprint?

George Riley 13 Feb 2020

While climate science is alarming (suggesting just 10 years left to limit warming below the dangerous 1.5 degree level), it presents an opportunity for businesses to step up where governments have made little progress. Sustainability can give your company an edge and set you apart as a leader in your industry.

You may see it as a moral urge to reduce your business carbon footprint. Or perhaps it’s the long term financial savings that appeal. Either way, it makes sense to be a step ahead of future regulations which are likely to penalise polluters.

According to a Nielsen survey, 81% of customers think it is ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ important that companies act to improve the environment - so there’s a great commercial imperative to engage in climate action too.

But where do you start? We’ve broken down the question of how to reduce your company’s carbon footprint into five key topics to help you create an actionable plan.

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Topics: EV charging, LED lighting, Solar PV