Wadebridge-based CleanEarth Energy recently completed a 76kW solar PV system for Cornish Concrete’s Bissoe HQ.

The 205 roof-mounted panels will provide around 75,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year and save 480 tonnes of carbon emissions over the lifetime of the system.

Cornish Concrete is a family-run business that, according to MD Sean Piper, takes its environmental responsibilities seriously.

He said: “The construction industry doesn’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to the environment, so it’s great that we can make a measurable contribution to reducing carbon emissions.”

Greenhouse gas emissions from cement production are recognised as the construction sector’s biggest sustainability challenge. The process is both energy-intensive and a direct source of C02 release through the chemical reaction of calcination.

Piper added: “We can’t just wait for our suppliers to develop carbon-neutral products. Cutting our own emissions through renewable generation was the obvious way to make the biggest difference.”