Farmers and businesses throughout East Yorkshire are leading the way in the fight to cut heating and electricity bills by investing in renewable energy technology.
That was the message given to the region’s MP, Greg Knight, during a fact-finding visit to one leading local ‘green’ energy specialist.
During his visit to the Renewable Energy Centre, the headquarters of Dodds Limited, at Bainton, Mr Knight was shown working examples of a range of renewable energy products, including solar PV (photovoltaic), biomass boilers and low energy lighting.
It was a return trip for the MP, who visited Dodds at the company’s former base at the Kelleythorpe Industrial Estate a couple of years ago.
Since then, the company has relocated to Bainton and grown to become one of the region’s leading green energy providers to farmers, commercial property owners and homeowners.
George Hamilton, the company’s sales manager, said: “East Yorkshire is at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution. More people, especially farmers, are turning to solar PV and biomass in particular to cut their heating and electricity bills.
“The Feed-in Tariff, although down from the higher introduction rates, still provides a huge incentive to our customers who are keen to find ways of saving money in the long term.
“Although the tariffs have been reduced over the past year or so, the average cost of a solar PV installation has also come down, helping the market to remain very active”.
Mr Knight said: “It’s good to see a successful East Yorkshire company leading the way in this sector and most welcome to learn how it is benefitting many of our farmers and businesses.
“This is one area of renewable energy that is a worthwhile investment and where there is no doubt over the cost-saving potential”.
Since July 2012, Dodds has installed 45,000 solar PV panels, 4MW of biomass heating systems and has secured planning for Yorkshire’s first 5MW solar park at Ottringham in Holderness. The company’s roofing division also continues to thrive and has installed 250,000 roof tiles in the same period.
* Dodds Ltd is a family owned company specialising in renewable energy technology for business and domestic use.
With hundreds of completed projects, Dodds is now one of the largest providers of Solar PV.