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Locally sourced electricity reduces Gilder's environmental impact and lowers costs

William Gilder Ltd is a leading provider of specialist waste transport and treatment services, based in Teddington, Gloucestershire. In the summer of 2017 Mypower installed a 141kW solar PV system on the roof of Gilder's headquarters.

Employing over 100 people, Gilder is the largest business in the village of Teddington. Managing Director, William Gilder, has a real focus on reducing his business's environmental impact on the local area, achieving ISO14001 Environmental Management Systems accreditation in 2009. The solar PV system maintains this focus by significantly reducing their carbon footprint, with the added bonus that it saves the business money too.

No business interruption during install

One of Gilder's key requirements was that there would be no disruption to business operations, as they have a busy workshop and vehicle maintenance forecourt. Melvyn Evans, Director, comments...
"We would highly recommend Mypower. The installation from initial discussion to completion has been professionally managed and effectively delivered with no disruption to our day to day business. We are impressed that the installation is producing power in line with the projections provided."

            
                    Minimal impact to operations during installation                              The inverters inside Gilder's HQ

Providing clean energy to a neighbouring business

The solar PV system was originally installed to provide energy to William Gilder Ltd HQ in Teddington, however, it has now been connected to the neighbouring Teddington Stores’ business. Instead of selling their excess energy to the grid at 5-6p per unit, their excess electricity generation can be sold to Teddington Stores at a much higher rate per unit, but one that still provides material saving when compared to grid supplied rates. This represents a win:win for Gilder and Teddington Stores, a better commercial return for Gilder, and a clean, local and low cost energy supply to Teddington Stores.

No Feed-in Tariffs? No problem

Although Gilder did benefit from the Feed-in Tariff subsidy, the key facts and predictions below have been updated to reflect what the installation would have looked like commercially if it had been installed in May 2019 i.e. subsidy free. As you will see, with the continued rise of grid supplied energy prices and the reductions in solar PV equipment costs, subsidy free solar is still the most cost effective clean and local energy source for your business.

BBC regional and local news outlets interviewed Mypower at William Gilder’s site at the time of the subsidy closure at the end of March 2019. Please click on either image to see both William Gilder and Mypower’s comments on the benefits of solar PV, and why solar energy generation represents great value for businesses in 2019 and beyond.

           
                                                                    Mypower's Ben Harrison on BBC Points West

  Key facts and predictions
   updated using May 2019 post subsidy rates

  • 141kW (496 solar panels) installed by Mypower.
  • 127,128 units of energy produced per annum.
  • £16,934 projected first year income and savings assuming 75% of electricity is used on site.
  • 16.5% projected first year return on capital invested, before capital allowance benefits.
  • 5.04 p/kwh – equivalent forward purchase price of 2,876,144 units of electricity over 25 years. This INCLUDES projected operations and maintenance costs.
  • 42 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided per annum.
  • 6.1 years system payback before finance, tax and capital allowance benefits.

Melvyn Evans - Director, William Gilder Ltd

"We would highly recommend Mypower. The installation from initial discussion to completion has been professionally managed and effectively delivered with no disruption to our day to day business. We are impressed that the installation is producing power in line with the projections provided."