Solar power expert goes for new growth

Russ Cowan, Managing Director of Nationwide Solar and Alix Fellows, Sales and Marketing Director outside the new head office of Nationwide Solar
Russ Cowan, Managing Director of Nationwide Solar and Alix Fellows, Sales and Marketing Director outside the new head office of Nationwide Solar
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Solar power specialist Nationwide Solar has created more than 50 jobs as it expands to new premises at Tankersley.

The move follows a series of contract successes with local authorities and housing associations and a significant increase in business from the private domestic sector.

Sales and marketing director Alix Fellows said: “This is a really exciting time for our business, as there is huge demand in the market for our high quality solar panel installations.

“Many homeowners and local authorities are recognising that they can take advantage of a guaranteed income for 25 years from their roofs and a major reduction on their electricity bills. We are delighted to welcome so many new staff on board.”

Nationwide Solar has taken on installers, surveyors, project managers, warehouse and administration staff and customer service advisers.

It has also set up a new telesales department and is looking for further recruits for its telesales team.

The firm has acquired 6,000 sq ft of offices on Wentworth Industrial Park in Tankersley, Barnsley, close to its sister company A Shade Greener. The company has also acquired new office and warehouse space on the Shortwood Industrial Park in Barnsley to cater to growing demand for its solar panel installations.

A Shade Greener installs solar cells on suitable domestic properties for free and lets the householder use as much electricity as they want, while securing its income from the Feed In Tariff paid on all the power they generate.

Meanwhile, Nationwide Solar installs paid for systems for businesses, organisations and consumers who keep the Feed In Tariff income from the electricity as well as using the power the cells generate themselves.

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