A FORMER North East physics teacher is putting theory into practice by launching a new business powered by the sun.
Energy Friend is the brainchild of Colin Robinson, who aims to help homeowners generate an income from the sun with free, independent advice on solar power, and his solar calculator that accurately measures how much energy customers can expect their roof to generate.
He said: “The idea for the company came out of speaking to potential solar customers who felt unable to choose between installers because they have been given different kinds of forecasts on how much energy they will generate.
“Energy Friend cuts through the jargon, cuts out the cowboys and helps clients work out exactly how much money they stand to earn as an income from their roof with our easy-to-use solar calculator. We then source three independent quotes from installers and translate their figures into the same format so customers have all the information they need to make a decision.
“The adoption of solar power is crucial to the UK’s drive to become more sustainable and in many cases provides a better return on investment than a traditional pension. We want to ensure that the process is made as easy as possible.”
The former teacher at Newcastle’s Heaton Manor School launched the firm with the support of Newcastle Science City to guide customers through the installation process. The company starts by using an aerial map to view and measure the customer’s roof and then uses these dimensions to work out exactly how much money solar panel installation could reduce their energy bills and earn them as an income.
The company then sources and translates a number of independent quotes from installers.