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Andy Baird energy experts Solar electricity

Andy has worked in the clean energy sector for over a decade. During 2002-05 he was making energy from waste using high-rate anaerobic reactors in the brewing, distilling and meat processing industries. It was noisy and dirty, but very rewarding.

And then he discovered solar... Jeremy Leggett’s Half Gone had just been published so he contacted Solarcentury in London and plans were made to open a satellite office N. Ireland. There were no FiTs, capital grants were over-subscribed and the cost per kWp of solar PV was £6,000 - £8,000 installed. The case for going solar was strong, but project economics were a difficult case to make.

Despite the obvious challenges, schools, colleges, housing associations and house-builders started installing solar, and word spread! By 2007, the satellite office was also serving Scotland and the north of England. In the years that followed, Andy deployed solar across thousands of private, social and affordable housing units & hundreds of commercial-scale installations in the 20-250kWp range.

It is this unique range of experience that led Andy to start Planet Solar (NI) Ltd. “We know there is a bewildering choice of panels and installers available today, and we believe consumers have the right to expect the very best of everything at a realistic price," he says. "From the panels we supply to the very last cable our experienced teams install, we focus on the highest available quality.”

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