Gordon took advantage of Solar Independence Day – an initiative to highlight the contributions, which solar power is making to new energy sources in the UK - to visit hot water cylinder manufacturers Gledhill to see the work they are doing around solar energy, both as a business themselves but also for their customers.
He was shown around the manufacturing plant/HQ where they employ over 240 people which was established in 1926. They recently had a 250,000 kWp solar system installed, comprising of a 1000 x 250 watt panels, as part of their longstanding commitment renewables and energy efficiency.
Gordon said: “It’s a great day with the sun shining on Blackpool to be celebrating this initiative with Gledhill a great family run company, who have been in Blackpool for nearly 90 years.
“I have known of their contribution ever since I became an MP and with three generations of the family involved in the business, Gledhill have not only made a long term contribution to the town, both in terms of the jobs they have created, but also consistently been at the forefront of innovation in cylinder and heating/boiler technology, as well as looking to the overseas market.
“Over a long period of time they have made a big contribution to the town, both in terms of the economy and the jobs they have created for local people.
“It’s good also that Gledhill’s are looking to innovate with renewable energy in their plant and other activities, which I will support.”
The panels, which are situated on the factory’s main roof in a south west facing direction and cost £250,000, are expected to reduce their electricity bill by 50% and see carbon savings in excess of 84 tonnes per year.
Gordon added: “Solar Independence Day is an important initiative in promoting the importance and benefits of solar energy. The Gledhill factory is in an excellent location to see the benefits of solar power and I pleased they were able to support the day.”
Jason Hobson at Gledhill, said: “We were pleased to show Gordon around the company and talk about Gledhill’s longstanding commitment to innovative energy solutions and energy efficiency, both for ourselves but also our customers.
“However, we still feel that the high price of energy in the UK compared with some other countries, such as the US and France is a major disadvantage in developing export markets, remaining generally competitive and creating further employment opportunities. Any initiatives or policy support in this area would be welcomed by all at Gledhill.”
Solar Independence Day is the UK’s annual solar celebration showcasing solar homes, solar schools, commercial solar roof tops and solar farms and organised by the Solar Trade Association.