Demand for green power has local firm glowing

THE sun is shining for a Morpeth-based renewable energy company which is seeing demand for cash-generating solar panel systems soar.

Installing photo-voltaic (PV) solar panel energy systems now accounts for 70 percent of Solar Energy Centre’s business, as it now sets it sights on securing more public sector work.

The company was launched by husband and wife team David and Aileen Pollard on the back of growing demand for traditional solar energy heating systems.

After the Government’s decision to allow energy companies to pay householders for their solar generated electricity, demand has switched to the new PV systems.

Now the couple is planning to grow the business after successfully passing a rigorous selection process to secure a place on a regional local authority supplier register.

They were helped to do this by The Procurement Centre, which gives free support and expert advice to help Northumberland businesses win public sector contracts.

Mrs Pollard said: “Business from domestic households has soared as people realise they can actually make money from solar energy, but we are really excited about the prospect of doing more work for local authorities as they look to capitalise on the roofs of their properties, as well as cutting their energy bills and slashing their carbon footprint.

“To take the business to the next level, we needed to be winning more public sector work and approached The Procurement Centre for free one-to-one help.

“This basically put us in a position where we had the right paperwork to really go for it.”

The company recently moved from a business start-up centre in Ashington to its own premises in Morpeth town centre.

The Procurement Centre service is delivered by business support agency TEDCO on behalf of Northumberland County Council, with support from the European Regional Development Fund. The aim is to keep more money in the county by encouraging local firms to win more public sector work.

The service is free and open to businesses, social enterprises, community and voluntary groups in Northumberland

For more information and a confidential chat, call Sinead Moloney on 01670 842899 or email sinead.moloney@northumberland.gov.uk