FREEWATT has an enviable reputation for delivering green solutions to homeowners, businesses and farmers.
The family company was started in 2008 and has grown steadily into a thriving business employing 30 highly-skilled members of staff dedicated to helping people get the best investment returns from green energy.
Since its inception the company has been responsible for installing nearly 5.5MW of solar energy at more than 600 different locations around the county – enough to power 1,650 homes – and saved a staggering 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 in the process.
During that time the company has been at the forefront of a staggering number of ground-breaking projects.
It was the first solar energy company to build a solar farm in Lincolnshire, the first to install solar panels on a church, the first to provide education packs for schools and the first to install a solar tracker in the county.
Freewatt has fitted solar panels to Co-op stores, fire stations, homes, the Epic Centre at Lincolnshire Show Ground, schools and businesses. It is one of only a handful of companies with English Heritage approved status for fitting PV on listed buildings.
It is also growing the area’s reputation for excellence in engineering by carrying out landmark work across the UK. Its ventures include Winchester College private school, a 10th century church in Buckinghamshire and the University of Leeds.
The company has grown from a standing start in 2008 with a turnover of just £44,000 to a 30 strong workforce and a turnover of more than £6m inside five years.
But the company is not resting on its laurels. It now offers cutting edge technology to its customers from power management systems to innovative PV control systems heling to make solar PV more widely available in areas with national-grid capacity constraint.
To respond to the increasing demand for clean energy and opportunities in the energy market Freewatt has been engineered into three divisions:
- Freewatt Ltd - the original 'Freewatt' will continue to drive new innovations and applications for solar PV within all markets. Freewatt Ltd will design and install your solar PV system and then look after it through an operation and maintenance (O&M) contract for the life of the system. It serves any scale of customer from domestics to schools to farms and industry.
- Freewatt Developments Ltd – helmed by MD Laurence Duncan Freewatt Developments or 'FreeDev' for short works within the energy investment markets. FreeDev has established a pipeline of solar farms and commercial roof-top opportunities. FreeDev is always looking for new opportunities be it land with access to the national grid or a high energy consumer looking for a funded solar PV scheme. FreeDev's existing portfolio spans the UK from Devon to Scotland and has a pipeline valued at circa £80m.
- Freewatt Contruction Ltd – headed by DJ Bruens, Freewatt Construction acts in an EPC management role as well as providing a large-scale solar PV contruction capability.
The three companies sit under the parent company Freewatt Group and are overseen MD Amanda Legate – a former Partner in one of the largest Accountancy firms in the region.
Freewatt's current owner and CEO Julian Patrick continues to play a key role in the firm focussing on business development.
The company has invested heavily in training and up-skilling its work force to ensure they keep up-to-date with the latest technology and supports the University of Lincoln with student mentoring.
Freewatt also ensures it practices what it preaches.
The company HQ has a myriad of the latest green technologies including solar PV panels on the roofs, a biomass boiler heating the offices and the house next door and its own 1.1MW solar farm being grazed by rare-breed sheep.
It has coupled green technologies with a commitment to energy reduction and uses three hybrid cars and a plug-in electric car powered by and housed in a specially constructed solar car canopy.
No surprise, then, that Freewatt has been making its mark on the business community with a growing collection of awards to its name.
But most importantly its expertise, innovation and dedication to quality means it’s been winning over hundreds of customers too.