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A Stockport-based retailer and installer of solar panels is celebrating a decade in business as the move towards green energy moves apace.

Project Solar UK, established in 2011 by Simon Peat, has built a reputation as the go-to supplier in the fast-growing clean energy market. It now employs 130 people at its call centres in Stockport and Burton-upon-Trent and has installation teams located across the country.

2021 is a milestone year for the ambitious team who forecast that their 20,000th installation will take place during their decade celebrations

Since its inception in 2011, Project Solar UK has completed over 18,000 domestic installations saving 3750 tonnes of carbon each year. The solar power systems used derive clean, pure energy from the sun, helping combat greenhouse gas emissions and reducing collective dependence on fossil fuel such as coal and natural gas. The company forecasts that its customer base will save at least the same tonnage of carbon in the next decade as interest in reducing carbon emissions climbs the agenda in households.

Solar panels are a direct way to reduce ongoing energy bills as they are designed to absorb energy from daylight and convert it into energy for domestic use. Any excess can then be sold back to the energy supplier through a Smart Export Guarantee, a fee paid per KW hour. This sell back scheme, launched 12 months ago, has already seen millions of KW hours paid back to homeowners nationally who have moved to incorporating solar panels on their roofs.

Simon Peat, Managing Director, states, “There is a clear shift to clean, green energy as customers are actively seeking out options to run their domestic appliances without harming the environment. Solar panels, used alone or as part of a wider energy solution, are proving an attractive and cost-effective option that is being explored by an increasing number of householders evidenced by the surge in calls we are experiencing from our call centre bases. Our expert team are explaining that we do not need to always have direct sunlight to generate energy and that daylight, even when overcast, plays an important role. Once people understand how solar panels and power work, they can visualise a future using a new energy source, translating into a busy sales pipeline for our national installation teams.”

Project Solar are marking their decade in business by renewing their sponsorship of Stockport County FC and continue to sponsor community football teams at Stockport Vikings. Their relationship with the Hatters includes centre circle sponsorship, personal sponsorship of four players and a dedicated Project Solar Day at the club which will take place when permitted withing government guidelines.

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