Two minutes with… Fair Energy


Who are you?
Shirley Hill, director of Fair Energy

What do you do?
Established in 1999 Fair Energy design, install and commission Fröling biomass boiler systems, Heliotherm heat pumps and our own label Solaris solar thermal panels, in homes and businesses across the South West.

Where are you?
We’ve recently expanded and moved our company headquarters to Sowton Industrial Estate in Exeter, Devon.

How’s business at the moment?
Going strong! We’re now offering Heliotherm heat pumps and the large-scale commercial Froling boiler range.  We’re also very busy building containerised energy plants.

How could business be better?
What would help is more promotional support on a national and local government level to educate the general public to understand that investing in a low carbon, renewable heating system makes very good sense.

Who do you admire in renewables?
Alfredo Moser – he created the ‘Moser lamp’ in 2002 when he came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity – using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach. It’s such a simple method but goes straight to the heart of what renewable energy is all about.

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
Not all business is good business!

How are you going green?
We’ve recently moved from a managed office to our own premises and are in the process of installing a biomass energy plant to heat the building which is currently powered by mains electricity. We run a fleet of low emission vehicles and use upcycled furniture, including a table made from an old solar thermal panel.