Cost of electric fuelling interest

On the up: Russ Cowan, managing director of Nationwide Solar, which has benefited from huge rises in electricity prices
On the up: Russ Cowan, managing director of Nationwide Solar, which has benefited from huge rises in electricity prices
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Cashing in on solar power isn’t limited to the free systems A Shade Greener is installing.

The company, which is focusing on an area, centred on South Yorkshire and stretching from Leicester to Leeds, also operates a paid for installations business called Nationwide Solar.

Clients range from home owners who would rather pay and pocket the Feed In Tarrif income to commercial organisations and, increasingly, schools.

“We have done more domestic than commercial installations, but we are actively involved on both sides,” says Nationwide Solar’s Alix Fellows.

“A domestic enquiry can lead to a commercial enquiry and every commercial enquiry leads to a domestic enquiry. A lot of enquiries come from people who have seen our installations being done and realised we are putting our money where our mouth is.”

Enquiries are on the up, says Alix Fellows – fuelled by rises in electricity prices. which have, in some cases, increased bills by 20 per cent.

In the case of schools – whose installations are free – the benefits aren’t limited to their electricity bills.

Monitoring equipment supplied as part of the system has helped to raise pupils’ awareness about energy issues.