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Shortlisted for two prestigious awards

Date: 29 May 2012

Solar power keeps on shining

Penzance based solar PV installations company, Plug into the Sun, has been shortlisted for two prestigious sustainability awards.

Plug into the Sun was selected by the Renewable Energy Association, from 300 nominations for their floating array at Treliske Hospital.

The innovative project was shortlisted in the ‘Flagship’ category and came about in order to maintain the warranty on the new hospital roof. The solar panels were not allowed to touch the roof and therefore had to be attached to a 2ft parapet wall and actually floated above the roof.

Managing director of Plug into the Sun, Andrew Tanner said: “It was a massive challenge that needed a bespoke structural engineering report and a specially made frame.”

This frame had to be able to withstand strong winds and also be resilient against the updraft caused by helicopters.

The company are also proud to be recognised for their work with Peru based charity, Global Education, which saw them shortlisted for the BusinessGreen Leader Award in the Renewable Energy Project of the Year category.

Andrew Tanner said that education had always been an important part of his focus for Plug into the Sun and it was exciting to think that future generations would be more aware of sustainability issues.

He said: “Our work with Global Education links schools in Cornwall with schools in Peru and makes the concept of sustainability real. Children learn about another culture, but also that sustainability is a challenge that faces everyone.”

The solar industry has been through a challenging time over the last six months and Andrew is optimistic that customers will once again realise the benefits of solar power.

“We are still really excited to be in the industry and are encouraging people to look again at the current benefits of solar.”

The FIT, which had been the subject of much excitement and criticism, is to be reduced to 16p/kWh on August 1st. However the reduction in tariff rate is linked to the fall in prices of solar panels and the rate of investment is actually higher now than it was when the tariff was at its height 43.3p/kWh.

“People seem to think that they have missed the boat with solar, but actually it just keeps on getting better.

“Being nominated is a nice boost for us as it shows that we are innovators in the industry.” Andrew said.

The company also worked on the Eden Project’s ground breaking staff owned solar venture which has also been nominated for a REA award in the same category.

Plug into the Sun has just gained its ISO accreditation which demonstrates the company’s consistency and quality in regards to customer care.

“We apply the same care in our domestic installations as we do on major installs such as Treliske or the Eden Project.” Andrew said.

The 7th Annual British Renewable Energy Awards will take place in, London on the 21st June and the Business Green awards are to be held on July 4th at the Royal Garden Hotel.

The company has just opened offices at the ‘Green’ Grade A, BREEAM accredited I2 building in Milton Keynes.