Green on green – Sunderland golf club gets eco-friendly technology

Getting in the swing for solar power (l-r) Keith Hodson, vice captain, Wearside Golf Club, Simon Green, head of business support, Newcastle Science City, Gerard Harrison, contracts manager, Rosedale Utilities, Malcolm Potter, project manager, tadea, and Jim Dutton, honorary secretary, Wearside Golf Club.

Getting in the swing for solar power (l-r) Keith Hodson, vice captain, Wearside Golf Club, Simon Green, head of business support, Newcastle Science City, Gerard Harrison, contracts manager, Rosedale Utilities, Malcolm Potter, project manager, tadea, and Jim Dutton, honorary secretary, Wearside Golf Club.

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A GOLF club has gone a fairway to cutting its carbon footprint with the installation of solar panels.

Wearside Golf Club is the latest North East business to install electric vehicle charging posts and solar photovoltaic panels as part of the region-wide EVPV initiative.

The work was carried out by County Durham-based Rosedale Utilities.

The firm previously specialised in providing services to care homes, but has extended its business after merging with Sunderland entrepreneur Gerard Harrison’s company Helios Eco Solutions.

Rosedale now employs 26 full-time engineers, having recruited five new members of staff in the past two months, and plans to continue with new contract wins nationwide.

The EVPV project was set up by tadea – a not-for-profit organisation which specialises in sustainable project management and advice – and aims to generate the energy for electric vehicles through the use of solar panels.

Tadea manager Malcolm Potter said: “EVPV is revolutionising the way electric vehicles are charged in the North East.

“By working with installers such as Gerard, we’re taking practical and effective steps along the way to making this green mode of transportation even greener.”

Rosedale Utilities has also completed installations at Mickleton service station near Barnard Castle and NETA training in Stockton.

Gerard was encouraged to move into EVPV installation by staff at Newcastle Science City.

“Electric vehicles are the future of transport, and thanks to the foresight and networks of the business support team at Newcastle Science City, we are now playing a part in this emerging market,” he said.

“We have become part of the North East Renewables Alliance, set up by tadea, which has allowed us to join forces with other suppliers to tender for larger projects and we are really excited about developing the company in this direction.”

Simon Green, head of business support at Newcastle Science City, added: “Gerard has come a long way since we first met at one of our First Friday networking events and it’s incredibly satisfying to see his business continue to evolve and thrive with our support.

“The expertise of his initial business Helios Eco Solutions clearly complements that of Rosedale Utilities, and I’m sure the merger will bring new strength and direction to all.

“We’ll continue working with Gerard to ensure Rosedale maximises all the exciting opportunities available to the growing cohort of regional companies providing sustainable solutions to everyday issues.”

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