Machine tool assembly supplier completes £150K solar investment

PP Control & Automation

One of the UK’s leading strategic manufacturing outsourcing specialists is investing more than £150,000 in a new energy solution.

PP Control & Automation (PP C&A), which works with 20 of the world’s largest machinery builders, has completed the installation of 450m2 of solar panels on the roof of its facility in Cheslyn Hay.

This should provide enough power to reduce the factories electricity consumption by 40% and will save more than 35 tonnes of CO2 every year.

“We are continually looking at ways we can save energy, whilst also being kinder to the environment,” commented Ian Knight, chief operating officer at PP C&A. “The solar panel installation was an easy decision to make as we can nearly halve our energy bill in one go. Working with our supplier, we’ve installed 108 photovoltaic panels and this investment will pay for itself within four years.”

He continued: “There’s a longer-term ambition to head towards carbon neutrality and losing 35 tonnes of CO2 per year is a pretty good start to this commitment.”

Reducing its carbon footprint is a company-wide effort, with all its 230 staff encouraged to offer green improvement suggestions thorough its continuous improvement schemes.

This has led to the reduction of single-use plastic on the shopfloor and several recycling initiatives, all governed by its accreditation to the environmental best practice ISO:14001 standard.

Earlier investment had also seen the installation of LED Lighting, contributing to energy saving as well as improving the workplace environment.

“Renewables and greener technologies – both through developments in electrification and wind power – is a big opportunity for our business and we’re already helping customers build machines that offer new solutions in these markets,” added Mr Knight.

“The UK has a great opportunity to lead the world in carbon reduction - we just have to be brave and bold in the decisions we make and invest in creating a supply chain that can deliver the expertise and volumes that will undoubtedly follow.”

PP Control & Automation

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