Innomech Confirms Major Investment in Solar
“Innomech has always been committed to minimising the environmental impact of its business and uses clean technologies wherever possible, provided they have commercially-acceptable payback times. Our own eco-friendly building already incorporates multiple technologies for more efficient energy use and waste management so investing.”
ELY-based GB Innomech – which specialises in developing advanced automation to improve manufacturing efficiency and costs – has this week confirmed a major investment in solar power that will allow the company to be carbon neutral by the end of the year.
Innomech’s new solar PV system will generate sufficient energy to fully meet its annual energy consumption of about 45,000 kWh (or electricity units) a figure that is already significantly lower than might be expected for a building or company of comparable size because Innomech relies exclusively on energy-efficient geothermal heating, ventilation and lighting systems.
The new solar power system is being supplied and installed by Solarbase Energy from Grantham, Lincolnshire. The first phase, comprising 141 hidden roof-mounted panels and each measuring 1 x 1.5 metres, has already been completed to deliver around half of Innomech’s annual power consumption. A series of ground-mounted units, around the edge of the site alongside hedges planted as part of the wildlife management scheme, will be installed by the end of the month. The complete system is expected to pay for itself within six years.
“Innomech has always been committed to minimising the environmental impact of its business and uses clean technologies wherever possible, provided they have commercially-acceptable payback times.
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Our own eco-friendly building already incorporates multiple technologies for more efficient energy use and waste management so investing in a full solar power system is a very natural next step for us,” said Tim Mead, commercial director at Innomech.
The Innovation Centre, the company’s dedicated headquarters at Witchford, near Ely, secured three industry awards for its environmentally-friendly design when it opened in 2004. The building was designed in-house at a time when architects and construction companies charged huge premiums to incorporate even the simplest sustainable or energy-saving technologies. All installed technologies and systems were specifically chosen by Innomech to minimise the environmental foot print and reduce the running costs to a minimum without compromising the commercial operation.
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INFO: The company was founded in 1990 and is based at The Innovation Centre in Witchford and was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2009 to recognise its sustained growth in international markets.