A Cornwall-based clean energy consultant has secured a major contract working on one of the biggest commercial solar installations in the North East of England.
Tremough Innovation Centre-based ETS Markets helps companies manage their carbon trading obligations. After moving into the centre two years ago, the company was able to expand into the renewables field, and recently acted as an advisor on a major project for Northumbrian Water to install 943 solar panels at a waste treatment plant in Middlesborough.
Tim Atkinson, director of ETS Markets, said: “We identified the initial opportunity for this large scale solar project, and went on to source project funding for Northumbrian Water. This was a significant installation at one of the largest environmental management sites in the North East, and a pivotal project to have been involved with.
“I was keen to expand into renewable energy before relocating to Tremough Innovation Centre, so the strong renewables focus at the centre was a perfect fit. Being based at Tremough Innovation Centre has been invaluable to help me realise the opportunities in the renewables sector, develop my understanding of the market, and ultimately offer more services to existing clients, such as Northumbrian Water.
“The centre provides a fantastic network for businesses and many opportunities to work in partnership with other, like-minded companies, which is helping me to grow my own company successfully.”
Richard Snell, manager of Tremough Innovation Centre, said: “One of the key benefits of being based at a Cornwall Innovation Centre is the myriad networking opportunities it offers, with our client businesses regularly linking up to work together on projects, as well as recommending each other for contracts.
“The opportunity to share skills and learn from each other has seen the renewables cluster at TIC support each other especially, as is evident in the growing success of ETS Markets, with Tim securing such a pivotal national contract for a leading North East water company.”
Tremough Innovation Centre and its sister centres in Pool and Truro, operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council, have supported the creation of 369 new jobs over the last six years and together host 137 businesses.