A Harrogate-based renewable energy company’s work installing a solar energy system at public toilets in Knaresborough has been shortlisted for a major industry award.
Clean Energy (Yorkshire) has been nominated in the Best Public Building Installation category in this year’s Yorkshire and the Humber Microgeneration Partnership Awards.
The company, headed by husband and wife team Spencer and Tamsin Cassidy, was commissioned by Harrogate Borough Council to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system that would not only reduce energy costs, but also meet local conservation area regulations.
To meet the challenge the team fitted a total of 15 solar tiles, as opposed to solar panels, capable of generating 1kw of power to the toilets.
Last year, The British Toilet Association, named the amenities Best Eco Friendly Facilities in the Loo of the Year Awards.
Clean Energy’s Managing Director Spencer Cassidy said: “This is wonderful news. Being shortlisted for an industry award is a real honour and demonstrates the quality of our work.
“It wasn’t a straightforward installation as we had to meet stringent planning requirements. To ensure the work blended into the surrounds we used solar tiles instead of solar panels.”
The system Clean Energy (Yorkshire) installed uses the sun’s rays to create electricity through the solar tiles, which can generate electricity even on dull, cloudy days. This green electricity helps power lights and hand driers within the lavatories reducing the authority’s energy bills.
The award ceremony is being held at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, on the evening of Thursday, March 31.
Further details about the Clean Energy (Yorkshire) range are available from its website www.cleanenergy-uk.com, or by calling Spencer and his team on 01423 541 315.