Open day at energy firm

Jon Mitchell with Chris Hopkins
Jon Mitchell with Chris Hopkins

VISITORS to renewable energy company Ploughcroft’s open day at its Eco Roof Visitor Centre learned about the latest technologies.

They included ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell who boosted his knowledge of solar thermal energy systems, wind turbines and air source heat pumps.

Company managing director Chris Hopkins welcomed visitors to the event at the Brighouse premises and gave a presentation about Ploughcroft’s journey from a roofing company to the UK’s leading installer of solar photovoltaic panels and other renewable technologies.

He recalled his appearance on BBC TV’s Dragons Den when he successfully secured investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis and, more recently, how he was chosen to represent small and medium sized businesses on the Government’s Green Construction Board.

Mr Mitchell said he enjoyed learning more about about renewable energy systems.

“It was really interesting to hear about the background and history of the company and to see all the different technologies on show at the visitor centre.”

Homeowners and businesses can reap around a 9 per cent return on investment in solar photovoltaic panels but it is important those intersted act swiftly before the Feed-in Tariff rate changes which could be anytime from July onwards.

Ploughcroft also put on show its WallPod electric vehicle charging stations.

The company is the UK’s only approved installer of WallPod which it believes is the future for environmentally conscious motorists.

Mr Hopkins said he was pleased with the open day.

“We had lots of interest from potential customers about our renewable energy systems, especially solar PV which just goes to show that homeowners are still looking to take generate an income from their roof.

“It was really good to welcome Jon Mitchell and show him just how everything we offer here is designed to help homeowners to make their properties more sustainable, whilst saving money on their energy or fuel bills.”