8% of energy used at Le Grand’s production plant in Consett is now generated by solar thanks to Energist solutions.

They were looking for a greener solution

Le Grand wanted a partner to create a turnkey project for the UK’s largest factory-connected solar PV installation. This was to help power their first production Plant situated in County Durham.

We completed the project in just four weeks

Following our appointment, there was a change in the government Feed-in Tariffs (FiT) scheme for large-scale systems – a programme that promoted the uptake of renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies which meant we were working to a tight deadline.

This change allowed us to significantly accelerate the project with installation and commissioning being completed in less than four weeks from project approval.

What we did

We were responsible for the full development of the site including environmental studies and planning support. During the 4-week construction programme we installed a 250kw system using the most advance technology to maximise return:

How it works

The electricity generated via the solar panels is sent via long cables to a power inverter where it’s converted from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC).

It’s then ready to be used directly by the business, just like electricity that’s bought from a supplier.


The funding for the project

This was a funded project providing the project finance through a funding vehicle. Le Grand receive all the electricity generated along with the savings and FiT revenue. These funds then service an asset finance loan negotiated by Energist Solutions as well as Le Grand benefiting from the enhanced capital allowance scheme meaning they can reclaim their investment by offsetting against their corporation tax.

The results

The PV system is now providing 8% of Le Grand’s site energy consumption, helping to cut costs and reduce the carbon footprint.

Why choose Solar?

  • Generate your own electricity using energy from the sun – even on cloudy days
  • Cut your carbon footprint and demonstrate your corporate responsibility credentials
  • Lower electricity bills – solar can form part of an electricity generation plan for your business that means you buy less from a supplier
  • Create an income – a FiT can pay for energy you produce and let you sell any excess to the National Grid