Mr Barker was given a tour of the company’s head office and factory which employs 150 people in County Durham to build Romag’s roof and building integrated products. He also spoke with Romag directors for a discussion with some of those at the very heart of the PV industry.
“Solar PV has an exciting future in the UK, one where government and industry work together to ensure this vital green technology continues to make a real difference in supplying our homes and businesses with clean green power,” said Barker.
“Romag is one of a number of innovative and successful green companies in the North East, leading the way forward with a thriving manufacturing facility employing highly skilled staff.”
Kevin Webster, Romag’s technical director, added: “We were delighted to host a visit from Greg Barker and look forward to working together to strengthen the position of solar power in the UK.”
Barker also launched a report by Gentoo, Romag’s parent company, summarising the progress of its Green Deal pilot scheme in Sunderland. Encouragingly for UK-wide Green Deal uptake, Gentoo reports that 80 percent of homes offered the scheme chose to participate in the 1200 home pilot.