Building merchants EH Smith has joined the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA), with the company’s sustainability director John Cave appointed as a member of the executive committee of the association.   

Cave explained why EH Smith believes that solar will play an important role in the future of energy. He said: “We believe that solar PV is a very important part of the future energy mix in the UK. We have been stocking PV since before the introduction of the feed-in tariff in 2010 and have seen the exponential growth in the market over the last few years.

“Rising energy costs, energy security concerns and a commitment to carbon reduction all combine to drive the construction sector towards increased energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy. We have been impressed by the drive and focus of the BPVA and are delighted to add our name to an impressive list of members.”

The move marks an important step forward for the solar and construction industries and the BPVA hopes that it will allow other building merchants to recognise the benefits that solar can offer them. Reza Shaybani, BPVA chairman explained: “Our aim from day one has been to bring the solar PV & construction industries closer together and this is a major step in that direction. Installing solar PV should be part of the build process and not an afterthought.

“We hope that we assist EH Smith in every way possible to become the first builder’s merchant to supply high quality solar PV and energy storage technologies to their long list of loyal customers. I am also delighted that John Cave will join the executive committee of the association. John’s knowledge of the sector and his vision are an essential part of growing the industry further. The executive committee members are helping the team to develop a number of exciting projects currently.”