Skegness and District Funeral Services is to harness the power of the sun to fuel its business after a local firm installed 40 free solar panels to the rooftop of its premises.
Lincolnshire solar company Evolve Renewables, based in Skegness, installs solar panels nationally and allows customers to purchase the systems outright, but offer the entire installation, including a monitoring and maintenance package and insurance free for 20 years.
Barry Lenton, owner of Skegness District and Funeral Services, said: “Solar panels are something we’ve been looking at for some time but the cost for the system had put us off initially.
“We decided to explore how Evolve could offer the system for free and at first I was a bit sceptical as nothing’s ever free these days, however it was explained to me that their funding partner receives payments from the Government for generating renewable energy and to insure and look after the system for the next 20 years.”
A spokesman for Evolve Renewables said: “They are going to make tremendous savings over the coming years, their current rate per kilowatt will now fall to a quarter of the price, without investing a single penny, and they are set to save nearly £50,000 over the next 20 years.”
“If we can save thousands from our wasted roof space then I’m all for that,” added Barry.
Managing director of Evolve Renewables Steve Wetton said: “It’s great that we can help a local businesses save thousands using our unique funding offer.
“We have lots of work coming in nationally, such as the fire service and schools and we’re also seeing interest from the NHS and councils.
“It would be great to assist more local companies from our own county and I would encourage any business or property owner to get in touch if they would like to save money and become more economically conscious, especially businesses that use extensive amounts of electricity such as amusement arcades, caravan sites and schools.
“We work closely with our clients to put together a proposal, then we utilise their current electricity usage and look at what roof space is available.
“We then tailor a system that will save them the most money and then put together a proposal to outline the savings for the next 20 years and make an offer to the client,” explained Steve.