Solarlec on the rise

Burnley-based PV company Solarlec has expanded its installation capacity after announcing a £12m turnover for last year.

Solarlec, which predicted a turnover of £7m earlier in the year, has recruited further staff to its installation teams after experiencing a sharp rise in demand for solar installations towards the end of 2011.

The company, which sold more than 1,000 solar systems last year, has fitting teams working across theUKto complete the majority of solar panel installations within a day. The extra staff will enable Solarlec to take on a higher volume of projects, including large scale commercial installations.

The surge in demand for solar panels came last November after the government announced plans to halve Feed-in Tariff payments made to households and businesses who generate their own renewable energy through solar panels.

Solarlec director Ged Rowbottom said: “Creating local jobs and making a positive impact onBurnley’s economic outlook is a fundamental part of our business. Despite a difficult financial climate and challenging circumstances throughout 2011 we were able to build a strong and constantly evolving business – we look forward to a successful 2012.”

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