AES Solar stated that the UK is still lagging behind Europe when it comes to harnessing renewable energy, and its managing director is persuading the Queen to embrace solar power to keep up the pace.
Based in Forres, Scotland, AES is one of the leaders in the country’s renewable energy industry, with a number of clients that include the Parliament and the Queen. Although it is small, it is Western Europe’s longest running solar thermal manufacturer that provides a wide range of heat and electricity-generating solutions for commercial and residential clients. Under the leadership of Dutch businessman George Goudsmit, the company is now focused on solar power technology.
During the mid-2000s, Goudsmit detected an increasing domestic demand for solar energy in the UK. But despite this trend, and with other countries like Denmark and Germany adopting green energy early, he observed that the UK has been very slow on the uptake in such an energy source.
Commenting on the situation, he stated:
“There has always been this myth that because of its location and weather, the technology won’t work here. But the fact of the matter is solar energy can heat water to 28 or 29 degrees even in the depths of winter.
“As an industry, we have to increase awareness among the public that solar does work in the UK.”
Seeing the coming change, Goudsmit led his company to diversify quickly so that they could also install solar PV systems. With a skilled design team, AES can now create and manufacture solar systems to suit both homes and business establishments.
Goudsmit was introduced to the Queen on the Isles of Scilly during an official function in 2015, where they talked about increasing the use of solar energy in the UK.