Hafod Renewables, from Denbigh, have been short-listed in two categories in the UK-wide Energy Efficiency Awards which will be presented at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, at the NEC, later this month (September).
The event will be hosted by Dan Walker, of BBC’s Football Focus and Breakfast, with Sir Lenny Henry as guest speaker and comedians Sean Collins and Felicity Ward performing.
Hafod Renewables, which was founded in 2010 by David Jones and his father, Richard, has been named in both the Solar PV Installer of the Year and Renewable Heating Initiative of the Year categories.
It is a remarkable rise to prominence for the family firm which now employs nine staff and turned over £1.3 million in the last financial year and which has fitted solar panels to almost 100 farms since it was set up.
It has also become a key player in North Wales in the installation of non-solar systems such as air and ground-source heating and biomass and this sector now accounts for over 60per cent of its business.
Managing Director David Jones said: “We’re thrilled to have been short-listed in two categories in these very important awards which are now seen as the ‘Oscars’ of the renewable energy industry.
“The sector has been very competitive in recent years and continues to be so and fluctuations in government support, particularly in the solar energy field, have seen many firms fall by the wayside.
“But we have been successful by being versatile and not relying on the solar sector and by using only our own dedicated teams of installers.
“Over the last 12 months a number of innovative new products have come onto the market and I believe it is vital to stay abreast of what is a rapidly developing industry because that’s the way to continue to grow the business.
“These products like the high temperature air-source system which can be retro-fitted to older properties are revolutionising the market and can provide hot water at 80 degrees C for radiators even when it’s -20C outside.
“The fact is that it’s necessary to keep up with these and other developments such as wall-mounted solar-powered batteries – if you stand still in this fast-moving industry then you’re finished.”
Hafod’s most prestigious project was to install 250 solar panels on the roof of the £30 million new ‘super school’ at Holywell which has replaced Holywell High School where David went to school.
That is saving Flintshire County Council over £10,000 in electricity bills and they have achieved similar savings at one of North Wales’ biggest dairy farms, Kilford Farm, near Denbigh, where their 392 solar panels help milk a herd of 370 Holstein cattle.
They have also teamed up with Jewson to train their staff in North Wales on ‘green’ technology and have installed two biomass boilers to heat the national builders’ merchant’s warehouse store in Llangefni.
They are also experts on air and ground-source heating systems such as that retro-fitted to historic 18th century Grade Two listed farm buildings at the Bodrhyddan Estate, near Rhyl which have been turned into six apartments.
They are now heated by a ground-source system powered by a mile and a half of pipe buried four feet below the grass on which sheep now graze and warmed by the rich Vale of Clwyd soil.
They have installed a solar thermal system at Sodom Hall, near Bodfari, where the roof panels heat water used by Norweft in their business of spinning the fine wool from their herd of 50 alpacas and at Irby on the Wirral an air source heat pump heats a haylage business
And David Jones doesn’t just install green technology, he lives it – he has air-source heating and solar panels at his home in Trefnant, near Denbigh, and drives a Tesla electric vehicle which is powered up at a charging point in the garage.
The business are also approved partners with renewable industry giants such as Daikin, Mitsubishi and Tesla.
David said: “The UK recently saw 20 per cent of its power produced by renewable sources – who would have believed that was possible even five years ago.
“In just a few years almost everyone will be driving electric cars and by then that figure of 20 per cent will be dwarfed by the power being produced by solar, wind, tidal and other renewables.”
Hafod Renewables installed their first system in July 2010 and since then they have fitted over 10,000 solar panels, stacked end on end they would tower over 29,028 foot Mount Everest.
Most of their clients have been domestic systems but they have also installed renewable energy systems on one of Wales’s biggest boatyards, a rugby club, a pet rescue centre and a golf club.
For more on Hafod Renewables go to https://www.hafodrenewables.co.uk/hafod-renewable-energy/