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Is your business part of a sustainable manufacturing supply chain? Do you want it to be?

You’ll almost certainly need a large-scale Solar Panel installation if you want to tender for large contracts – it’s now a pre-requisite for ethical purchasing and the awarding of significant sub-contracts in many key industries. It’s also good business, with massive energy cost savings to be had immediately and in the long-term.

Award-winning Solar PV installer, IU Energy has extensive experience of major manufacturing, engineering and warehouse installations for sustainable manufacturing and wholesaling. To clarify, this ranges from small starter units, to thousands of square feet of Solar PV panels on flat roof and shallow pitch structures.

Indeed, IU Energy’s capabilities cover complete energy efficient and renewable solutions for manufacturing and Engineering companies.

For example –  

  • Solar PV
  • Solar Thermal
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
  • LED lighting
  • Battery Storage
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations

Are Solar PV savings worthwhile?

Of course, they are. Projected lifetime savings in excess of £1,000,000 for Solar PV are frequent for larger installations. 

In general, the huge advantage for businesses in this sector is roof space. As an illustration, flat roof structures, shallow pitch roof spaces, or ground-mount are all options.

And aside from all this, it’ll help you tender for large contracts where sustainable manufacturing is built into purchasing policy.

Who do we work with?

Not only do we work with members of Plymouth Manufacturers Group (PMG), for example, Hymec Aerospace, for whom we have installed a large solar installation and EV Charging, but also a significant cross section of other manufacturers across the whole SW, from Bristol to the tip of Cornwall.

This includes construction companies erecting new industrial units for manufacturing, such as at those at Langage Business Park.

In the same Plymouth Manufacturers Group, we’ve also worked with Barden Corporation.

In like manner, some of our other big projects also have Solar PV Power Purchase Agreements attached to them, for instance, Piper’s Close, which is pictured above in our page header image.

EV Charging Stations – a perfect partner for solar panels

Let’s talk a bit more about a comparatively inexpensive option to go with your solar panel fitting. In fact, it’s a visible demonstration that you’re at the vanguard of green manufacturing – Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

It’s important to realise that this technology could mean the difference between customers using your business, or someone else’s. 

That is to say, EV charging stations are attractive not only to your EV driving customers, but also your employees.

In fact, the projected numbers of EVs are staggering –

IU Energy is an OLEV approved installer for EV Charging stations. Contact us now to see how easy they are to install.

Funding for large renewables

IU Energy is not a financial adviser, but nevertheless, we can make suggestions about the options for your business.

Certainly, we will point you in the right direction for appropriate solutions, such as Capex, which provides the greatest savings, through to Green Finance and Power or Heat Purchase Agreements, all of which we have experience with.

You can download our guide, ‘How to Fund Your Renewables Installation’, here. Solar panel installation is often suitable for a PPA.

Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

If you have a lot of roof or ground space and significant electricity consumption, a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) may be a good option for your PV installation. These agreements are becoming an immensely popular way of financing certain renewable energy technologies such as PV panels. 

A PPA is something IU Energy may be able to offer your business. 

If your business energy usage, roof or ground space meet specific criteria, a PPA enables you to benefit from a Solar PV installation with little or no upfront costs, with the purchase funded by a third party like IU Energy’s PPA finance provider. You simply buy green energy at cheaper than market rate from the third party. The system is also maintained by us as part of your contract.

Download our free guide, ‘How to fund your renewables installation’ here. Large-scale commercial solar panel installation is an ideal application.

Please contact us to discuss your energy challenges. f

We are very impressed. Not only was this extensive project delivered without drama, it’s already delivering the £45,000 a year for 20 years as promised.”

Carl Payne, Director

Dartmeet Developments

Case Studies

Below are some of our case studies for projects we have conducted in the manufacturing and engineering sector.

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