With the renewable energy drive in full swing, companies are being forced to demonstrate their green credentials in a bid to win new orders.
Being green is not only in vogue, it’s seen by companies as vital for future-proofing.
North East firms are jumping on the eco-friendly bandwagon, in recognition of the part they can play in helping to tackle climate change.
The North East Business Awards recognises and rewards firms for their work in helping to cut energy consumption, improve their carbon footprint and lower energy bills.
Advanced Renewable Power (ARP), one of the region’s leading installers of energy efficient solutions, topped the Low carbon, Corporate Responsibility & Environment category in the 2014 awards after winning the Tyneside and Northumberland sub-regional heat.
Launched in 2011, the company works in the domestic and commercial markets, where its bespoke packages, high-quality service and competitive pricing earned it a five-star, 100% customer satisfaction rating from information provider yougen.co.uk.
Operating across the North East and the Scottish Borders, it has developed a wide range of products and services including solar PV, LED lighting, solar thermal, ground-source heat pumps and A-rated gas central heating systems.
The award win has been a catalyst for growth at ARP, which announced plans to penetrate the emerging renewable heat and anaerobic digestion markets and build a one-megawatt Solar PV Park in the North-east.
It also strengthened its team with the appointment of a new project manager, Jonathan Walker, who is responsible for developing the design, supply, installation and commissioning of ARP’s renewable energy systems.
A significant part of the company’s work involves educating homeowners and businesses about the benefits of green energy. Technical director Mark Dunville, who co-founded ARP in 2011, says: “Many people have yet to fully explore exactly what solar power and other renewable sources can bring them, and how much money they can make on energy bills. Solar panels can bring quite drastic savings. We have a young, passionate team motivated by a desire to advance renewable energy to benefit the environment.”
ARP’s goal is to promote and accelerate the use of renewable energy technologies and reduce the UK’s reliance on expensive imported fossil fuels.
And people who invest in these technologies could reap significant financial rewards.
Mr Dunville said: “Regardless of whether you’re a business owner or a homeowner, people like to make savings and the benefits of installing solar PV at your home, office, school or factory extends well beyond reducing your carbon footprint. Not only are energy bills slashed by up to 50%, but you are also paid by your energy provider for the electricity generated, whether it’s used or not.
“People don’t realise solar still gives you a return on investment of 9-15%, which is more than any cash ISA on the market.”
The North East Business Awards have helped to raise the profile of ARP and many other local firms. Entries for the Green Award should be submitted by 5pm on January 6, 2015.
Nominations can be made online at www.nebusinessawards.co.uk .
Companies and organisations that are interested in sponsoring the category should contact Sue Coulson, head of regional events, on 0191 201 6072.