A leading manufacturing and engineering group has announced the success of a progressive investment project, which saw the installation of one of the country’s largest solar photo-voltaic energy systems.
Following an in-depth case study into sustainable power and energy efficiency measures across the group of companies, Shildon-based Bignall Group looked to the future with an option that provided not only power generation, but also considerable cost savings and lowered environmental impacts.
Chris Hutchinson, general manager at the group, said: “The company completed a study into various methods of energy efficiency, including solar energy, some years ago, but the investment didn’t appear to be cost-effective.
“With first class mentoring and support from Malcolm Potter of Tadea UK, we were able to reassess using the latest technology and information available.”
The Solar system consists of a 150 kilowatt photo-voltaic array, made up of more than 620 solar modules, and covers approximately 12,000 square feet of roof space at the group’s Shildon engineering factory.
One of only a few of its size in the country, the installation is already proving hugely successful in both ‘green energy’ production and bringing down expenditure.
Group director John Bignall added: “This shows our customers that we’re investing in the long term future of the company and effectively keeping our energy costs down, which is good for our