AES Solar has proved once again it is clear winner when it comes to energy efficiency.
The company has picked up the Best Energy Efficiency in House Design or Build at the 2019 Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards, for a property that has already won a national award.
Now in its 40th year, AES Solar is the longest established solar company in Europe and manufactures its own solar thermal panels at its headquarters in Forres.
Commercial Director Jamie Di Sotto said: “The property we submitted for this award is an outstanding example of energy efficiency and demonstrates how important it is for solar power to be built in at the design stage.
“We worked with the architects, builders and electricians to deliver an off-grid system that powers the house without reliance or resort to external power.
House of the Year
Lochside House in the north-west Highlands has already been voted ‘House of the Year’ 2018 by Channel 4’s Grand Designs, with the judges stating that ‘everyone can learn from a design like this.’
Operations Manager Josh King, who oversaw the project said: “This kind of design and installation demonstrates the importance of our expertise and quality.
“The remoteness of this property was a challenge for all concerned, but working together from the outset, we liaised with the architects, builders and electricians to combine skills.
“In the same measure, this project makes the case for off-grid solar power in the north-west of Scotland as a reality while setting an example for the rest of the country and further afield.”
No electricity or heating bills
“The remote property’s combination of solar thermal and solar PV means the house is free from increasing energy bills. There is also a diesel generator which acts as a backup”.
Managing director George Goudsmit added: “The longevity of AES Solar means we have a specialist expertise that attracts projects like this. After four decades of specialising in solar, we can adapt to any challenge.
“Off-grid systems are becoming increasingly popular, and awards like this demonstrate that we can deliver.”
Thanks also to the HaysomWardMiller, Speybuild, Sangsters Electrical and Viridian.