UK Utility Teams Up with SolarCentury

Customers across the UK could soon have an easier time installing solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays on their homes and then connecting the systems to the grid now that one of the country’s largest utilities has partnered up with one of the country’s most prominent solar energy systems integrators.

Electric utility Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has acquired 7.5 percent of the share capital in building developer and PV distributor solarcentury for GBP 1 million (US $1.87 million). The two companies have also entered into a development collaboration agreement that will serve to market solar energy to a growing number of customers. Solarcentury’s expertise in solar energy will be brought together with SSE’s electrical contracting business in order to market the provision and installation of solar energy solutions to a growing number of customers throughout the UK. They have already combined to provide and install solar PV for a variety of organizations, such as the National Trust and Spitalfields market in London. SSE’s investment in solarcentury follows its October 2004 investment in Renewable Devices Swift Turbines, which develops rooftop-mountable wind energy systems. The share purchase and building collaboration is in line with SSE’s commitment to expand the range of energy services and products that it offers to customers, according to the press release. “This is an excellent step forward for solarcentury and SSE – and for the solar market in the UK. Our goal is to help create a cleaner world and a sustainable future – and this partnership with the UK’s largest generator of renewable energy will help us move towards that goal,” Chief Executive of solarcentury Jeremy Leggett said.
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