CDC to launch solar supply directory

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Cornwall Council is inviting local companies who believe they have a part to play in the large scale development of solar farms across the Duchy to be featured in a suppliers’ directory it will soon be launching.

The Council, together with the Cornwall Development Company (CDC), is busy compiling a solar supply chain directory in the wake of an anticipated surge in interest of solar power.

Cornwall has the highest sunlight levels in the UK and the recently introduced Feed in Tariff provides attractive financial incentives for renewable energy development.

Carolyn Rule, Cornwall Council cabinet member for the Economy and Regeneration, said: “There are fantastic opportunities for profitable investment in renewable energy developments in Cornwall and we want to ensure that local companies get the best deal possible.”

The directory, to be launched at a special event next month, will list a wide range of supply and delivery opportunities for local businesses offering services such as fencing, landscaping, security, mechanical and electrical/mechanical engineering and plant hire.

Julian German, Cornwall Council cabinet member for climate change and the environment, said: “There is a great deal of potential for Cornwall and we are very keen to ensure that Cornish based companies get as much supply chain business as possible. It is hoped the directory will assist local companies to benefit from the huge influx of anticipated inward investment in deploying photovoltaic technology on land across Cornwall.”

The Directory will be launched at a special event for interested businesses to be held at the Alverton Manor in Truro on December 1. As well as launching this new directory the event will raise awareness of this developing market and the full range of economic opportunities that renewable energy will bring to Cornwall.

Local businesses which would like to benefit from this developing supply chain and be featured, free of charge, in Cornwall’s new solar supply chain directory should contact Nicky Garge at the Cornwall Development Company Tel: 01209 617008.

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