A bunch of bright sparks

From left, Ged Duffy, northern divisional sales manager at Ubbink; Brian Oxam, sales manager at Ubbink; Fred Hood, managing director of McNally & Thompson; Kevin Atchison, business development at Sunderland Electric Center and Tony Holder, branch manager at Sunderland Electric Center.

From left, Ged Duffy, northern divisional sales manager at Ubbink; Brian Oxam, sales manager at Ubbink; Fred Hood, managing director of McNally & Thompson; Kevin Atchison, business development at Sunderland Electric Center and Tony Holder, branch manager at Sunderland Electric Center.

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CITY firm McNally & Thompson has become the first company to benefit from a training initiative backed by electrical wholesaler and energy efficiency solutions provider, Electric Center.

McNally & Thompson, based in Chester Road, took the opportunity to become one of the region’s first accredited installers of photovoltaic systems after taking part in a training course with the support of Electric Center and Ubbink.

Tony Holder, branch manager at the Sunderland Electric Center, explained: “Photovoltaic systems are the latest emerging technology designed to deliver cost-effective renewable energy to householders in the North East.

“Potentially, a properly installed photovoltaic system can halve a typical household’s annual electricity cost, which is why they are starting to become a viable energy option with some significant results.

“With our photovoltaic provider, Ubbink, we have been offering contractors across the UK the chance to take part in a special training initiative, which enables them to gain the industry-recognised MCS accreditation and, in turn, offer cost-effective installation of the photovoltaic systems.

“We have enjoyed a relationship with McNally & Thompson for more than 10 years and we were extremely excited that they were the first installer in the country to benefit from this initiative.”

McNally & Thompson managing director Fred Hood added: “We have been established in the area for more than 40 years and, during that time, have been committed to providing a first-class service tailored to our clients’ individual needs.

“As the demand for sustainable, energy-efficient power increases, it is crucial for us to be able to offer the very latest technology. “

The MCS accreditation training programme is available to contractors across the UK who take part in the two-day course which utilises photovoltaic systems provided by Ubbink. The MCS registration fee and application is also included and the full cost is reimbursed by Electric Center and Ubbink once successful MCS accreditation is achieved and 10KW of Ubbink photovoltaic products are bought.