Solarsense is a well-established renewable energy company local to North Somerset. The company has supported the development of Low Carbon Gordano by providing advice and free quotations for potential schemes over the period of our existence. The company won the tender to build our Moorhouse scheme against strong competition, and have shown great commitment and resourcefulness during the build in overcoming a number of problems. The company has won numerous awards, including Regen-SW Renewable Energy Installer of the Year in 2011 and 2014, and Domestic Rooftop Installation of the Year at the National Solar Power Portal Awards 2014.They were also one of only a small minority of 326 UK firms engaged in solar energy that were rated as financially strong in an April 2015 business analysis. (See www.plimsoll.co.uk)
One of LCG’s major objectives (see above) is to maximise local business and employment opportunities and we have therefore been very pleased that Solarsense offered us the opportunity to purchase the Ham Lane solar array as a community-owned scheme. Since then, we have worked closely with them to ensure best value in the build process in the absence of a competitive tender.
Notable examples of their solar photovoltaic work in the South-West region include roof schemes at Worthy Farm near Glastonbury, at the Duchy of Cornwall’s Farm at Tetbury and, working with Bristol City Council, at a significant number of schools. As well as the Moorhouse Farm project they have also built a 250 kW ground-based array near Severn Beach. Further details can be found at the company’s website www.solarsense-uk.com.