Blackpool construction firm embraces solar self-sufficiency

A Lancashire construction company has turned its headquarters into a showcase for its sustainability skills and commitment, by making it entirely self-sufficient for its energy needs.

Evolution’s own staff fitted 46 photovoltaic panels to the roof of its offices at Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

According to the company, the move not only makes a statement about its commitment to renewable technology, it is also helping towards its accreditation to offer the latest such tech solutions to its clients in social and private housing, as well as sheltered hosing, across the North West.

The panels provide enough energy to power Evolution’s offices, which host 12 members of staff, as well as its fleet of electric vehicles.

JJ Fitzgerald, Evolution’s managing director, said: “Sustainability and finding new ways of working to leave positive impacts on communities is what drives us as a business. This is a project we are particularly proud of and excited about.”

Evolution had to secure permission from Blackpool Airport, which is located near to its offices at Avroe Crescent, Squires Gate, prior to starting work to ensure the fixings could withstand strong winds and the panels would not produce glare.

The initiative is also being used by Evolution towards its MCS registration – the recognised industry standard for low-carbon energy technology products and their installation – so it will be able to offer green energy solutions to clients.

Fitzgerald added: “MCS registration will give our clients peace of mind that they are receiving the highest quality service from a knowledgeable team.

“We look forward to being able to make these services available to our customers and to deliver this next chapter in Evolution’s growth.”

Main image: JJ Fitzgerald, managing director, Evolution

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