Region to get first renewables centre
THE region's first revolutionary renewables centre is being launched.
Driffield renewables specialist Dodds Limited is relocating its Kellythorpe business to nearby Bainton, where it is creating a green energy first for East Yorkshire.
The move will complete a £500,000 investment and the site is due to be finished next month, when the company will officially unveil the region's first fully equipped and operational Renewables Technology Centre.
Here, customers will be able to view working examples of green energy technology, such as solar PV installations and biomass boilers.
Martin Bleasby, business development director at Dodds said the aim of the new site is to not only facilitate the company's growth but to educate people in the renewables sector.
He said: "The renewables sector is still relatively new to people so our site will allow them to come in and get the information they need, as well as seeing the team at work."
The firm, which was established in 1995, started as a roofing contractor and launched into the renewables sector more than two years ago. It has since become one of the leading providers of solar PV installations and other energy-saving systems.
Managing director Graham Dodds said the move was the latest phase in the company's expansion programme.
He said: "Our entire operation and team will relocate to Bainton into premises that will provide us with the space and capability needed to take the business forward as a leading renewables provider.
"From there, we will offer a wide range of renewables products and services, including solar PV, biomass systems, air source heat pumps, voltage optimisation, wall and roof insulation and energy efficiency assessments.
"As far as we are aware, there is nothing else like this in East Yorkshire."
Mr Dodds said the company intends to develop a schools programme in the hope it can persuade local educationalists to introduce renewables to the curriculum.
He said: "One of our first jobs in 2013 will be to arrange a series of school visits where children will be able to get a close-up view of renewable energy measures.
"We are also planning an open day for the residents of Bainton and other neighbouring villages to show people what we are aiming to achieve and how vital energy saving has become to every individual and business, not only to save money but also to protect our environment."
Dodds is set to hold seminars for farmers, colleges and other local businesses as part of its education plans.
The roofing business will continue to be a major part of the company's activity and will also be based in Bainton.