Solar firm swims against tide

Sunseeker staff take a look at their new outlet at Baytree Garden Centre in Weston. Photo: SG041111-123TW
Sunseeker staff take a look at their new outlet at Baytree Garden Centre in Weston. Photo: SG041111-123TW

PINCHBECK-based solar energy firm Sunseeker UK is expanding its outlets while many of the country’s solar energy installers are calling it a day.

Sunseeker has opened a sales office at Baytree Nurseries and Garden Centre in Weston and will open a another new base near Leicester in February.

The Government has changed the rules on Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) so customers who have solar energy installed will get a lower pay-back from feeding energy into the national grid.

Company director Matthew Woodcock said the FIT halves from December.

He said: “I have been talking to different solar companies. A lot of people are closing shop because they feel their sales will go down.”

But Sunseeker – which also has bases serving London and the south east and Manchester and the north – was founded before the FIT even started and Mr Woodcock is confident his business will continue growing.

Mr Woodcock says the company employs 70 and its turnover is just over £300,000 a month.