Opinion

Two minutes with…

Alan Wright, Sales Director, Commercial & Utilities, Kingspan Environmental

Who are you?
Alan Wright, sales director, commercial & utilities, Kingspan Environmental

What do you do?
I oversee our commercial specification team that sells solar thermal tubes, rainwater harvesting systems and air source heat pumps with a focus on driving strategic growth within the sector.

Where are you?
We have a number of UK factories and offices, including Portadown in Northern Ireland, and Wakefield, Yorkshire.  But during the course of a working week I can be based anywhere from Cornwall to Aberdeen.

How’s business at the moment?
Challenging at times, as it is for many people at the moment.  That said, utility bills are continuing to rise and business owners are increasingly looking at alternative means of heating water, space heating, and water management.

How could it be better?
Sadly, the non-domestic RHI hasn’t yet given renewables technology the traction it needs in the market. Removing red tape and bureaucracy from this important financial incentive would help enormously.

Who do you most admire in renewables?
It’s more of a what than who.  I admire Western European economies where renewable technologies have been embraced and installing green energy is standard practice.

What’s the best business advice you’ve been given?
If you don’t look after your customers someone else will.

How are you going green?
I have a wood-burning stove at home.  We are also currently upgrading our insulation and installing solar thermal panels and a new hot water cylinder.