Pioneering solar firm seeks further growth

A Shade Greener's founder and chairman, Stewart Davies
A Shade Greener's founder and chairman, Stewart Davies
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Renewable energy specialist A Shade Greener has signed a £50 million supply deal with one of the world’s largest producers of solar panels.

Tankersley-based A Shade Greener lays claim to being the UK’s leading installer of free solar panels, employs more than 600 people, most of them in South Yorkshire, and reckons to have saved 11,000 homeowners £4.5 million on their electricity bills.

The company says it is forging ahead with its free solar energy offer despite cuts in the Government’s Feed In Tariff, which came into effect at the start of the month.

As part of that drive it is setting aside £500,000 from its £50 million contract with Shanghai-based solar panel supplier JA Solar Holdings to fund its new Find a Roof incentive scheme.

A Shade Greener’s founder and chairman, Stewart Davies, said: “It’s fantastic to be partnered with JA Solar. It is a huge company whose high-efficiency products are amongst the most powerful and cost-effective in the industry.

“It means that A Shade Greener can continue offering free solar for the foreseeable future.

“Despite the uncertainty that shrouded the Renewables industry after the drastic cuts in the FITs last October, and which resulted in virtually every other company withdrawing the supply of Free Solar, we continued.

“We’ve now installed over 11,000 free systems, and there is no reason why we can’t double that.

“We’ve set up a scheme called Find a Roof which makes it easy for the public to spread the word about us and be generously rewarded for doing so.”