Renewable Energy Company Wins International Green Hero Award

A renewable energy company has received an ‘International Green Hero’ award in recognition of its role as a global beacon of good environmental practice.

The prestigious award was presented to Solarsense, the South West’s leading renewable energy specialist, which has carried out a wide range of initiatives at its headquarters to reduce its environmental impact.

The company generates much of its own electricity from solar energy, runs a fleet of electric cars and even has a solar-powered fountain at its base at Backwell near Bristol.

Richard Simon, Solarsense technical director, was presented with the International Green Hero Award by Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind-up radio, at a ceremony at London’s Canary Wharf today (25 June).

Roger Wolens, managing director of the Green Organisation which makes the awards, said: “The International Green Hero Award is given to organisations and companies such as Solarsense that are global beacons of environmental good practice.”

Mr Simon said: “We are thrilled to win this award for our environmental achievements. We hope that other companies will gain from our experience and look at how they can reduce their own carbon footprint.”

A year ago the company won a Green Apple Environment Award for installing one of the UK’s largest private solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for Michael Eavis at Worthy Farm, home of the Glastonbury Festival.

Solarsense’s headquarters at Helios House, Brockley Lane, Backwell not only generates much of its own electricity for free via a large array of solar PV panels but also exports surplus power to the national grid.

The building was officially confirmed as ‘carbon negative’ last month when it received an Energy Performance Certificate showing that it generated negative carbon emissions.

It also has a solar thermal system to heat water and a ground source heat pump, and a solar carport is being built to charge the company’s growing fleet of electric cars. A bike store newly installed for employees who cycle to work has a charging point for electric bikes.
Staff can have meetings or take lunch breaks in a wooden ‘outdoor office’ powered by solar PV panels on the roof and can make themselves smoothies using a pedal-powered smoothie maker.

All of the company’s green features as well as its renewable energy products will be on show to the public at the company’s open day on Saturday 7 July from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

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