Liverpool- based Eco-Environments has opened new offices in Manchester, Tamworth, Penrith, and most recently, Darlington, in a bid to cater for the increased demand for renewable energy in the UK. Eco-Environments’ team of 20 employees designs, installs and commissions renewable energy products for homes and businesses.

The North-East of the country is expected to become a hub of renewable energy, with local firms already working on the production of solar panels, and Nissan on Wearside set to build the Leaf electric car.

Peter Kelly who will run the Darlington-based office said, “Renewable energy is one of the most exciting sectors in Britain today and, during the past three years, Eco-Environments has established itself as one of the fastest growing and most respected businesses in that market.

“The company has chosen Darlington because we already have experience working on projects in the region with installations as far north as Alnwick and our research tells us that there is considerable interest in renewable energy solutions.

“During the coming months, we will be working closely with home owners in the region, while also looking to develop strong strategic partnerships with architects, house builders, social landlords, property developers and business organisations.”

The new offices are expected to create several new jobs in the region. The firm also plans to open further branches in the south of the country during 2011.