Scottish start-up Sustainable Technologies has signed a nationwide agreement to supply solar thermal panels to UK green energy provider AVC Alternative Energy Ltd.
This is a major win for the firm, based in Nairn in the Scottish Highlands, which was set up in 2010 as a specialist manufacturer of solar thermal panels. Their roof-integrated solar panel has already gained European Solar Keymark certification and is fully eligible for all UK Government incentives including the Renewable Heat Incentive and Renewable Heat Premium Payment.
Through the deal AVC Alternative Energy, which specialises in supplying biomass boilers and low carbon energy products to homes and businesses, will supply and fit Sustainable Technologies' solar thermal panels across the UK.
"The tie-up will give our business access to the whole UK market, with potentially thousands of new customers," said Thomas Kocinski, Managing Director of Sustainable Technologies.
"AVC Alternative Energy is an ideal partner. Their competence, attention to detail and reputation for excellent service will ensure our customers will be very satisfied for the lifetime of their systems."
The deal is also welcomed by Thomas Solle, Regional Director of AVC Alternative Energy, who said: "AVC Alternative Energy is always looking for the best available products on the market. Sustainable Technologies is a small firm but it has a very good quality product and the research and delivery capability to develop new products and scale up as the market grows.
"We believe their roof-integrated solar thermal panel has the potential to become a market leader. It is a high quality product which has a locally-sourced timber frame, uses earth wool for insulation and is 100 per cent recyclable.
"Solar thermal is also highly complementary with biomass. Both need a heat store and they can be configured to operate very efficiently in tandem, offering tremendous value to customers."
The two businesses are located only 17 miles apart. AVC Alternative Energy has offices and a showroom in Inverness. This will enable the firms to develop and grow their solar business in tandem.
Sustainable Technologies has received assistance from Highlands and Islands Enterprise for product development and marketing.
Karen McArthur, HIE's account manager for Sustainable Technologies welcomed news of the collaboration. She said: "This is great news for Sustainable Technologies, who we have been working with since they started in 2010, and we are delighted to see the company developing its market nationally.
"This is exactly the type of collaboration we are keen to see between companies in the Highlands and Islands' energy sector. With ambitious renewable energy and carbon reduction targets set by the Scottish Government, and in particular the target for 11% of our heat to come from renewables, we are delighted to see these two local companies joining forces to service this growing market."
Photo (left to right): Phil Mills, Thomas Kocinski and Phil Tomlinson from Sustainable Technologies with their fully-certified solar thermal panel.